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  MCTC Courses

Crisis / Hostage Negotiation Level 3


This course is restricted to US military, law enforcement or corrections, non-law enforcement members of crisis negotiation teams, or mental health professionals or clergy members supporting law enforcement activities. Requests for exceptions must be submitted and approved by the MCTC Director of Training

Course Description

The third in a series of three progressive courses, Crisis Hostage Negotiation – Level 3 (Advanced) prepares you for the most complex and challenging aspects of crisis negotiation – leading crisis negotiation teams and managing crisis incidents. We will take you from policy development, to recruiting, selecting, and training crisis negotiators, to media management, and managing legal risk with special emphasis on dealing with the drug-affected subject and those engaged in illegal drug activity.

We will start out with an in-depth look at policy development for crisis negotiation teams and address a number of issues including responsibilities, procedures, training, and critical liabilities related to policy. Selecting the right personnel to serve on a negotiation team may be the most important decision a team makes; we will discuss the core competencies of effective crisis negotiators and methods for their selection.

Negotiating a crisis incident involving a fellow officer is among the most complex threats facing a law enforcement agency – you will learn about police socialization and the evolution of a crisis including pre-incident indicators and high risk factors.

We will select a contemporary topic for presentation, highlighting the most current trends, technology and techniques.

In a continued discussion of abnormal psychology, you will learn how to recognize Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and techniques for negotiating with a PTSD-effected subject, specifically as it relates to combat veterans in crisis.

In keeping with the advanced nature of this course, students will plan, facilitate, and evaluate a culminating scenario-driven practical exercise. Student performance will be carefully evaluated and in-depth feedback will be provided during a comprehensive after-action debriefing.

Students will also participate as a member of a small group responsible for developing and presenting projects in one of five topic areas: Case study preparation, team selection, training facilitation, scenario writing or policy development.

Topics Included

  • Pre-incident Planning for Team Leaders
  • Recruiting, Selecting, and Training Crisis Negotiators
  • Planning, Facilitating, and Evaluating Scenario-driven Training
  • Media Management
  • Negotiating with the Fellow Officer
  • Legal Update
  • Contemporary Issues in Crisis Negotiation
  • Negotiating with the Returning Veterans

Course Length

Crisis/Hostage Negotiation Level 3 is a 5-day (40 hour) course.


Students attending must have successfully completed Crisis Hostage Negotiations – Level 1 (Basic) course, or its 40-hour equivalent, prior to attending this course and a Crisis Hostage Negotiations – Level 2 (Intermediate) course or its 40-hour equivalent, prior to attending this course. This course is not open to students with no prior negotiation training. Requests for exceptions for Level 1 and Level 3 equivalents must be submitted and approved by the MCTC Director of Training.


This course is trained in accordance with guidelines established by the National Council of Negotiation Associations.

CEH: 10-hours Technical Skill; 8-hours Interpersonal Perspectives; 1-hour Legal Studies & 21-hours Skill Development

There are no scheduled classes available at this time.

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