A telling and updated infographic on Kansas suicides from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Call 911 immediatly someones life is in danger or the situation is potentially life threatening. For additional national and Kansas suicide prevention resources please use our KAHN Crisis Resources page to find a resource near you..
The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) is proud to announce registration is open for its Crisis Negotiations Conference to be held Sept. 21-25, 2017 and its Tactical Operations Conference & Trade Show to be held Sept. 24 – 29, 2017 at the Sheraton Grand in Phoenix, Arizona. The two-day trade show starting on Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. is open to attendees of both conferences. The conferences will be co-hosted by the Phoenix Police Department and Arizona Tactical Officer’s Association. These conferences will draw hundreds of attendees from all corners of the U.S., Canada and other parts of the world.
The NTOA Crisis Negotiations Conference provides an excellent opportunity for law enforcement officers to enhance their negotiation skills, network with others who share the same mission and learn the latest negotiation techniques through a variety of seminars and incident debriefs presented by top speakers within the law enforcement community. Attendees can register here: http://www.ntoa.org/conferences/cnt-conference/.
The NTOA Tactical Operations Conference brings together internationally renowned instructors, cutting-edge approaches to challenges faced by officers, a first-class trade show and the opportunity to network and learn from peers. The conference features more than 75 courses including seminars and practical tracks, and several contemporary incident debriefs. Attendees can register here: http://www.ntoa.org/conferences/tactical-conference/.
Since the conferences are held back-to-back this year, the following incident debriefs and seminars are open to attendees of both events:
June, 2017, St. Petersburg, Florida; the sight of the Florida Association of Hostage Negotiators Conference. Kicking off the conference on Sunday, June 4, 2017, was the National Council of Negotiation Associations (NCNA). This was a great time to see old friends and take the opportunity to make new ones.
The agenda this year included a presentation from FBI SA Michael Yansick. He informed us of what the FBI could offer in resources and training. He encouraged all to get involved with HOBAS (Hostage Barricade Reporting System) and to send in reports of hostage and barricade situations to establish data on types of callouts and record the lengths of such callouts. SA Yansick encouraged all to make contact with local FBI agents to get a feel for what the FBI can provide.
All associations represented talked about their conferences and qualities of speakers for the conferences. Case studies are always popular at conferences.
NCNA will meet in 2018 in Oskosh, Wisconsin at the fall conference. CAHN (California Assoc. of Hostage Negotiators) will host NCNA in 2019. The location will be decided on at a later date. The FBI is scheduled to host NCNA in 2020. Location to be determined. MAHN (Missouri Assoc. of Hostage Negotiators) will host NCNA in 2021.
President Paul Priegel from Crisis Negotiatiators of Oklahoma, (CNOK) presented their request to become members of NCNA. Members present unanimously voted to accept them into NCNA.
I was proud to report to NCNA members our association hosted a successful conference in Overland Park, KS this past May. Although we are a small association, the quality of speakers and type of training we promote are second to none. Being dedicated to provide training to negotiators will keep our association on the upswing. I am proud to serve this association as President and look forward to another successful year.
Lt. Bob Ware
Kansas has 105 counties, the 6th highest total of any state. Many of the counties in the eastern portion of the state are named after important American figures from the late 1700s and early to mid 1800s. Counties in the central and western parts of the state bear the name of persons in the American Civil War. Counties throughout the state have names coming from Native American origins.
Kansas license plates use county codes to identify the county of residence for citizens or companies. The codes are two letter based originating from the first letter of and another letter appearing in the name of the county. There is no exact protocol from choosing the codes. For example, Johnson County uses the first two letters, JO, while Sedgwick county uses, SG, its first letter an another appearing in its name. The two-letter code began appearing on Kansas license plates in 1951, prior to that the county code was numerically based. Since then, the letters are on a sticker applied to the upper-left corner of the plate.
The following is a list of all 105 Kansas Counties, their abbreviations, and the county seat (map below):
AL - Allen Iola
AN - Anderson Garnett
AT - Atchison Atchison
BA - Barber Medicine Lodge
BT - Barton Great Bend
BB - Bourbon Fort Scott
BR - Brown Hiawatha
BU - Butler El Dorado
CS - Chase Cottonwood Falls
CQ - Chautauqua Sedan
CK - Cherokee Columbus
CN - Cheyenne St. Francis
CA - Clark Ashland
CY - Clay Clay Center
CD - Cloud Concordia
CF - Coffey Burlington
CM - Comanche Coldwater
CL - Cowley Winfield
CR - Crawford Girard
DC - Decatur Oberlin
DK - Dickinson Abilene
DP - Doniphan Troy
DG - Douglas Lawrence
ED - Edwards Kinsley
EK - Elk Howard
EL - Ellis Hays
EW - Ellsworth Ellsworth
FI - Finney Garden City
FO - Ford Dodge City
FR - Franklin Ottawa
GE - Geary Junction City
GO - Gove Gove
GH - Graham Hill City
GT - Grant Ulysses
GY - Gray Cimarron
GL - Greeley Tribune
GW - Greenwood Eureka
HM - Hamilton Syracuse
HP - Harper Anthony
HV - Harvey Newton
HS - Haskell Sublette
HG - Hodgeman Jetmore
JA - Jackson Holton
JF - Jefferson Oskaloosa
JW - Jewell Mankato
JO - Johnson Olathe
KE - Kearny Lakin
KM - Kingman Kingman
KW - Kiowa Greensburg
LB - Labette Oswego
LE - Lane Dighton
LV - Leavenworth Leavenworth
LC - Lincoln Lincoln
LN - Linn Mound City
LG - Logan Oakley
LY - Lyon Emporia
MN - Marion Marion
MS - Marshall Marysville
MP - McPherson McPherson
ME - Meade Meade
MI - Miami Paola
MC - Mitchell Beloit
MG - Montgomery Independence
MR - Morris Council Grove
MT - Morton Elkhart
NM - Nemaha Seneca
NO - Neosho Erie
NS - Ness Ness City
NT - Norton Norton
OS - Osage Lyndon
OB - Osborne Osborne
OT - Ottawa Minneapolis
PN - Pawnee Larned
PL - Phillips Phillipsburg
PT - Pottawatomie Westmoreland
PR - Pratt Pratt
RA - Rawlins Atwood
RN - Reno Hutchinson
RP - Republic Belleville
RC - Rice Lyons
RL - Riley Manhattan
RO - Rooks Stockton
RH - Rush La Crosse
RS - Russell Russell
SA - Saline Salina
SC - Scott Scott City
SG - Sedgwick Wichita
SW - Seward Liberal
SN - Shawnee Topeka
SD - Sheridan Hoxie
SH - Sherman Goodland
SM - Smith Smith Center
SF - Stafford St. John
ST - Stanton Johnson
SV - Stevens Hugoton
SU - Sumner Wellington
TH - Thomas Colby
TR - Trego WaKeeney
WB - Wabaunsee Alma
WA - Wallace Sharon Springs
WS - Washington Washington
WH - Wichita Leoti
WL - Wilson Fredonia
WO - Woodson Yates Center
WY - Wyandotte Kansas City
The Kansas Association of Hostage Negotiators (KAHN) is proud to announce their 2017 Crisis / Hostage Negotiations Conference. The conference will be the first since 2013 and will be held in Overland Park, Kansas. It will run from May 1st through May 3rd with two days of class room instruction and lecture and conclude with a negotiation team scenario day. The conference format will differ from that in past years in that outside teams can opt to attend the final day for team building or team skills training.
The keynote speakers include Wayman C. Mullens (KAHN Advisor) and Michael J. McMains authors of Crisis Negotiations: Managing Critical Incidents and Hostage Situations in Law Enforcement and Corrections. Brian Herritt, is a retired California Law Enforcement Officer who is also known as the "Autism Cop". He is a national speaker on autism and public safety. Brian will speak on how to bridge the gap between public safety and the special needs community. Trooper Brian Geier has been a Missouri State Highway Patrol Negotiator since 2008. He also serves as President of the Missouri Association of Crisis Negotiators and will give a case study on a crisis situation that lasted over 68 hours. Chief Sam Farina, Fair Port Police Department, New York. Chief Farina will give a case study on a hostage standoff.
KAHN members and teams will receive deep discounts for the conference. Space is limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis, regardless of membership. Sign up on-line via our Training Page.
Hotel accommodations will at the Double Tree by Hilton (Overland Park) at 10100 College Boulevard, Overland Park, Kansas 66210, (913) 451-6100. To make your reservations contact the hotel directly or via the link provided.
2017 KAHN Conference Flyer (.pdf)
.The Kansas Association of Hostage Negotiators (KAHN) are sponsoring a full-day crisis negotiation/hostage negotiations event on November 15, 2016. This is a day-long event from 0800-1600 hours. Bring your team along with your teams equipment for a scenario-based training day at Crisis City, Salina, KS. Registration forms are available below.
Crisis City is located eight miles southwest of Salina. It was developed to fill the need to enhance the state’s capability to defend against terrorism threats, respond to disasters, and emergencies. Crisis City provides state of the art training facilities to all emergency response and support agencies, whether in one of its classrooms or on any of the training venues.
This crisis negotiations scenario training is focused on practicing your crisis negotiation skills and team dynamics. There will be an evaluator assigned to each team. Openings for teams are limited, so don’t delay.
Registered teams (forms below) will receive a confirmation email along with an attached information packet. Lunch will be provided.
If you would like to learn more about Crisis City, visit the Kansas Adjutant General's website.
Registration forms and documentation:
Two weeks away from our Crisis Negotiation training in Olathe, Kansas. There is still room available, but we are adding students almost daily. Go to our website www.ksnegotiator.org for more information and online registration/payment.
This Crisis Negotiation Class is sponsored by the Kansas Association of Hostage Negotiators (KAHN) and hosted by the Olathe Police Department. The lead instructor for the class is going to be KAHN Advisor, William Hogewood (Ret. Prince George County Police, ATF).
The training will be held on Oct. 10, 2016 through Oct. 14, 2016 from 0800 to 1700 each day. The training will be taught at the Olathe Fire Administration, 1225 South Hamilton Circle, Olathe, KS 66061.
The crisis negotiation class will cover:
No doubt you have heard the term Stockholm Syndrome in relation to hostage negotiation incidents. It was used to describe and is often mistakenly attributed to the Patty Hearst and Symbionese Liberation Army incident. The term has been used in movies, television, literature and pop culture. The term is now used figuratively when someone changes their sympathies after contact with others who normally would be considered adversaries.
Stockholm Syndromve takes its name from a real life hostage incident occurring in Stockholm, Sweden. On August 23rd, 1973, four employees of the Sveriges Kreditbank were taken hostage during a failed bank robbery attempt lead by Jan-Erik Olsson. Swedish Police responded to a silent alarm and a policeman was injured during the initial response. Olsson made demands including bringing his locked-up bank robbing friend Clark Olofsson to the bank, along with 3 million Swedish Kronor, two guns, bulletproof vests, helmets, and a fast car.
The incident captured headlines around the world and was broadcast across Sweden as the drama unfolded. While negotiating, the police brought Olofsson to the bank allowing him inside, the money and a blue Ford Mustang with a full tank of gas. Negotiators, however, would not let the hostage takers leave with the hostages.
Meanwhile inside the bank the hostages and captors, while in the bank vault, began to form bonds with their captors. Olsson made multiple gestures towards his captives. He draped a jacket over ones shoulders, while allowing and encouraging another to call loved ones, and allowed another to leave the vault (while still attached to a rope of course). One hostage stated later of Olsson, "When he treated us well, we could think of him as an emergency god." The Police Commissioner was allowed inside to check on the welfare of the hostages. He noted that the captors and hostages had developed a "relaxed" relationship.
131 hours into the incident on the night of August 28th, Swedish Polish dumped tear gas into the bank vault. As the surrender began hostages yelled, "don’t hurt them, they didn’t harm us.” The hostage takers and hostages exchanged embraces prior to surrender. Several captives called out that they would see Olofsson again. No hostage or hostage taker was injured.
The hostages' bizarre attachment to their hostage takers confused police and the public alike. One of the hostages was even investigated as to whether they had plotted the robbery with Olofsson. Psychologists say that Stockholm Syndrome is a traumatic bonding and is automatic and unconscious defense mechanism for hostages. They develop a sympathetic relationship with their captors, due to their total dependence on them and from extreme fear. The inverse can happen as well with hostage takers become emotionally attached to their captives.
A year after the robbery, journalist Daniel Lang interviewed the hostages a year later for the New Yorker. The syndrome still seemed to be in effect. Lang wrote that the hostages talked about being well-treated by their hostage takers and they owed their lives to Olofsson and Olsson.
This psychological phenomenon was originally referred to as the Norrmalmstorg Syndrome by Nils Bejorot, a psychiatrist assisting the police during the incident. It later became known as the Stockholm Syndrome. Psychatrist Frank Ochberg originally defined the syndrome to assist in the management of hostage situations. Altogether the hostage incident at the Sveriges Kreditbank along with the heavy media exposure helped to place Stockholm Syndrome firmly into the American lexicon.
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Are we ready for the next challenges in our negotiation discipline?
On my first negotiation, before many of you were born, I held a phone receiver in my hand. This receiver was connected to a phone that had pushbutton dial and that was a great innovation that replaced a dial phone. So, if the bad guy hung up, all I had to do was push 7 buttons. The coach listened in by sharing the receiver, meaning closeness and that was somewhat disconcerting. To give a mental image, it would look like Bob Ward and I would be physically cheek to cheek.
Command personnel had to depend on the messenger to relay information from the coach and to deliver command words of wisdom back to the coach. When the phone line was in a house, we asked the needed permission from the homeowners. If we were granted access to the home, we needed additional approval for the use of their phone, the line, the kitchen, the dining room and the living room. The bathroom was optional and sometimes we received coffee, which was tremendously appreciated.
The first problem to solve was the closeness of the primary and coach. After about a year and a half one of our industrious teammates bought a phone, drilled a hole in it and put a connector on the line that would accept a jack. He solicited our communications section for a headset and believe it or not, that worked. The primary used the phone and the coach used the headset, which had no microphone. I guess that’s why it was a “give-away”.
After creating this contraption, the commanders felt cheated because they didn’t have one. This teammate decided to drill another hole, made a connection and ran a line to a speaker in the command area.
During that formative several years, that negotiator/communications wiz brought in a box with neat buttons and introduced us to Rescue Phone. God Bless Sam Hicks! We had become technically sophisticated, at least for a while!
Today’s negotiators are faced with more challenges than what we faced when I was a 1980 rookie negotiator. At that time, teams across America were forming and growing as the need for negotiators was increasing. Each team became very successful after the growing pains of evolving, process of elimination with tactics and perseverance through the road blocks. The new generation of negotiators is faced with the challenge of multiple modes of communication and a multi-cultural landscape. The youth of today have formed their own culture of communicating through technology, social media and multimedia. Even the use of camera stills and video is bursting at the seams!
How prepared are you and your team? Do you have equipment to interface with texting, video, face time or skype chatting and email between you and the suspect? Do you have the capability of all of this while giving your team the ability to follow the conversation? Can this affect coaching, intelligence gathering and decision-making? Who knows, we just need to be prepared. Not only prepared with technology, but the technology that will impact on our style.
This all begs the important question of “Can empathy be delivered through technology and still be effective?” We are all used to listening to a voice, which can tell you so much. We can identify the intensity of feelings, breathing patterns, tone, and so much more. Using email or texting eliminates those opportunities and opens up each communication for interpretation.
Learning the language is increasingly difficult because teenagers and young adults will often use shortcuts or abbreviations while using today’s technology. This generation has their own language and negotiators need to be ready. It’s their culture and we cannot demand that they type whole words or refrain from using a communication style that they have become accustomed to. Miles Young, a writer for “Social Media Today,” calls the language, “textspeak,” an appropriate name.
In one exercise I crafted, we set up two computers that were connected directly to each other and both projected on the screen. One of the scenarios was a suicidal person. The role player really put herself in that role, relying on her knowledge of a suicidal individual. The feelings expressed between the two seemed very sincere and gave us hope for what might happen in the real world. Many across America have studied and researched these phenomena. Another great resource is Negotiator Central and it is a free web site.
As seasoned negotiators, we will have to be patient, well spoken but in a simple pattern of short sentences and everyday language. We have to prepare the needed equipment to make sure command and negotiators will be able to see the conversation unfold. We also need to bone up on textspeak, the phrases using only acronyms and basically the culture of technology. We need to stay ahead of this otherwise we will have problems. Stay focused the future will be quite a learning curve (or a curveball) “LOL.”