Special Tactics First Live, In-Person Course

Special Tactics is honored to host a 5-day Hostage Negotiation training course from world-renowned hostage negotiation expert Jack Cambria, former commander of the NYPD’s Hostage Negotiation Team. The course will be conducted at the OmniWarrior Training Center in Manassas, VA from 25-29 March 2019. Send an email to staff@specialtactics.global to register today.


  • Course length:  40 hours (5 days)
  • Course size: 25-30 seats

The fundamental skills of a successful hostage/crisis negotiator.  You will be prepared to work as part of a coordinated negotiation team and handle a variety of crisis situations including hostage takers, barricaded subjects, and potential suicidal victims.

You will learn the different phases of the negotiation process, from the introduction to the surrender, and specific strategies and techniques to be used along the way.  The class will discuss when negotiation may not be the best solution, what items are negotiable and non-negotiable, and what to do in non-response situations.

The effective application of active listening skills and the Behavioral Influence Stairway Model will be discussed at length and will be reemphasized during the Advanced Training Course.

The management of intelligence and information is a critical aspect of mitigating any law enforcement threat and you will learn specific techniques for managing the flow of information during a crisis.

You will also gain a basic understanding of the psychological motivations of individuals in crisis and learn to recognize the characteristics of emotionally disturbed persons. The student will be given instruction about the different personality disorders which are most commonly encountered during a crisis incident as well as strategies for affecting a positive outcome.

Challenging, team-oriented, scenario-driven practical exercises are an integral part of the course and will allow you the opportunity to practice and refine your crisis negotiation skills in a clinical setting.

Topics include: 
•  Introduction to crisis negotiation
•  Required/Suggested Equipment
•  Fundamentals of Negotiation
•  Active Listening Skills
•  Understanding/Interacting with Tactical Teams
•  Negotiating in a Correctional Facility
•  Negotiating as a team
•  Legal Issues
•  Managing Incidents Involving the Mentally Ill
•  Text Messaging Negotiations
•  Suicide Intervention with a Law Enforcement Officer

Note:  This course is conducted in accordance with guidelines established by the National Council of Negotiation Associations (NCNA), New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), New York Association of Hostage Negotiators (NYAHN) and the New York City Police Department (NYPD).

Prerequisites:  Sworn members of law enforcement and corrections, hostage negotiators, patrol officers, military personnel, non-law enforcement members of a crisis negotiation team, mental health professionals and clergy members supporting law enforcement activities


Jack Cambria is a recently retired member of the New York City Police Department who has contributed 33 ½ years of exemplary service. He has served for 16 years in the Emergency Service Unit (ESU), whose primary focus is to provide Rescue, SWAT, and Counter-Terrorism services to the City of New York. He was assigned to ESU in the ranks of Police Officer, Sergeant and Lieutenant. He has extensive experience and certifications in all facets of these operations, and is a New York State Certified Police Instructor. He holds numerous awards for bravery and dedicated service. He has responded to and served on many high profile assignments such as both World Trade Center disasters, plane crashes, and a variety of hostage and barricade situations, particularly violent and suicidal individuals. Because of his solid foundation of achievements, Jack was assigned to command the agency’s elite Hostage Negotiation Team. His duties consisted of coordinating the efforts of over 100 negotiators, who responded throughout New York City to all hostage related assignments. He was responsible for the training and certification of all new negotiators and refresher training of all of the current members of the team. Jack has conducted in-service training for many International, Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement agencies. In 2006, he and some select members of his team were dispatched to the U.S. Military Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to conduct hostage negotiation training for members of the United States Joint Task Force and for Cadets at the US Military Academy at West Point. Jack was invited to serve on the National Police Foundation’s committee reviewing the Pulse Nightclub mass shooting incident in Orlando and is a contributing writer in the on-line published report. He currently teaches hostage negotiation, de-escalation strategies and active shooter presentations for law enforcement and cooperate entities across the country and internationally. Jack has authored several scholarly articles on negotiations and has achieved his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, where he also taught as an adjunct professor.

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  1. I’d like to go, even though I don’t see that I’d have any use for it, just because it’s ST’s first live class. However, I’ll be in school at that time. Best of luck!