The Hostage Negotiations Team (HNT) is a specialized unit that works closely with the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT). Both teams make up the department’s Crisis Response Unit.
The Hostage Negotiations Team was established to provide skilled verbal communicators to be utilized to assist, de-escalate and obtain a surrender in critical situations where suspects have hostages, barricaded themselves, or have suicidal tendencies. HNT team consists of two Sergeants and six Officers, who have other duties within the police department. Team members are selected through an application process, which requires supervisor appraisal, an appraisal panel and appointment by the Chief of Police.
The team conducts monthly training for a minimum of 120 hours a year. This training is varied and includes training with the department’s SWAT team, mental health professionals and other agencies. Team members also attend POST certified update courses and California Hostage Negotiators Association regional trainings and annual conference trainings as available.