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2019 Conference Schedule
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Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators
26th Annual Training Conference
October 7-11, 2019
Arlington, Texas

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Monday October 7th
0730 to 0830 – Registration
0830 to 0900 – Opening Ceremonies – Presentation of Colors by The Little Elm Police Department Honor Guard
0900 to 1200 – Paul Mellor (Success Links), You Have the Right to Remember: If there were a magic pill that would improve your memory, would you take it? Fortunately, you don’t need to. This fun and interactive session rids your poor memory of misplaced glasses, forgotten names, and statements such as, “I know it’s here somewhere” to a mind that’s efficient and reliable. This program dispels the myth that memory can’t be improved. It can; easily and effectively. You’ll learn techniques on organizing your thoughts, remembering names and faces, and overcoming absent-mindedness. When you’re skilled in memory, all your other skills get better. You can improve your memory. This program shows you how.
You have the Right to Remember(Handout)

1200 to 1300 – lunch
1300 to 1500 – Jim Rudnick – Suicide by Cop: A Hostage Negotiator’s confrontation and the aftermath. Sgt. Jim Rudnick will be discussing two suicide by cop scenarios in which he was personally involved. The first occurred at the Discovery Channel Headquarters building in Silver Spring, Maryland. The second occurred at the Urban BBQ Restaurant in Sandy Sprin, Maryland. Tactical considerations will be covered. Sgt. Rudnick will discuss the aftermath of critical events and their impact on the officer and the officer’s family, including the effects of trauma and PTSD and the need for a critical incident debrief.

1500 to 1700 – Patrick Doering (Lake St. Louis PD), Incident debrief on a armed and barricaded subject with multiple warrants. Officers responded to a domestic dispute and the suspect hid in the basement. A K-9 was sent to the basement and a shot was heard. The suspect appeared with a shotgun, beginning a 8 hour standoff.

Tuesday October 8th
0800 to 1000 – Matthew Hocking and Keith Parenteau (LVMPD), Incident Debrief on a barricaded murder suspect in a city bus on the Las Vegas Strip
1000 to 1200 – Joe Campagna (San Jose PD), Incident Debrief on a bridge jumper.
1200 to 1300 – lunch
1300 to 1700 – Breakouts
Session 1 – JD Byas (Dallas Swat) Tactical considerations to use during a high elevated event.

Derek Gaunt, Using Traditional Hostage Negotiations Techniques In A Non-Traditional Incident”.

Dana Garnett (The Mindful Strategy), Presents Sending Out an SOS: Essential Social-Emotional Intelligence Skills That Enhance Your Negotiation, Your Health, and Your Life! As a hostage negotiator, you’re required to be fully present in dealing with extreme and often long-drawn-out intense situations that are seriously stressful – yet, this stress can put a severe strain on your energy level, challenge your focus and objectivity, and can cause trauma that is hard to shake. In this session, learn how you can:

• Reduce your stress on and off the job, and re-set your resilience baseline even during a crisis;

• Consistently stay emotionally detached from the crisis at hand, helping prevent burnout, and enhancing your personal well-being;

• Intuitively identify and effectively articulate what’s at the heart of a crisis, helping shift the situation more quickly to the best resolution, and be able to best cope with the job.

Mobile Command Post Display

Session 2 – JD Byas (Dallas Swat) Tactical considerations to use during a high elevated event.

Derek Gaunt, Using Traditional Hostage Negotiations Techniques In A Non-Traditional Incident”.

Dana Garnett (The Mindful Strategy), Presents Sending Out an SOS: Essential Social-Emotional Intelligence Skills That Enhance Your Negotiation, Your Health, and Your Life! As a hostage negotiator, you’re required to be fully present in dealing with extreme and often long-drawn-out intense situations that are seriously stressful – yet, this stress can put a severe strain on your energy level, challenge your focus and objectivity, and can cause trauma that is hard to shake. In this session, learn how you can:

• Reduce your stress on and off the job, and re-set your resilience baseline even during a crisis;

• Consistently stay emotionally detached from the crisis at hand, helping prevent burnout, and enhancing your personal well-being;

• Intuitively identify and effectively articulate what’s at the heart of a crisis, helping shift the situation more quickly to the best resolution, and be able to best cope with the job.

Mobile Command Post Display

Wednesday October 9th
0800 to 0900 – General Membership Meeting and Election Nominations
0900 to 1200 – Bryan Emmerson (FBI), Incident Debrief on a Post Office Hostage/Barricade situation.
1200 to 1300 – lunch
1300 to 1500 – Jack Cambria (NYPD Retired), 

Police Detective Taken Hostage Inside NYPD Precinct Station House.

NYPD Detective Michael Ahearne was taken hostage at gunpoint by a deranged gunman inside the 19th Precinct Station House in midtown Manhattan. Members of the Hostage Negotiation Team embarked upon a five-hour intense negotiation while knowing that their colleague’s life lied in the balance. This presentation takes the audience through the various challenges that confronted the team.

1500-1700 – Cpl. Mike Brown (Hot Springs PD) 1997 William Scott Goodman was issued a non-voluntary commitment order for a mental evaluation. Before Goodman could be served, he threaten to kill his wife, his mother-in-law, the judge that signed the order and any law enforcement that got in his way, resulting in a 4 hours standoff with an armed barricaded subject.

Thursday October 10th
0800 to 1200 – Detective Jason Hollingshead (Denton Police Department) Stress Management and Suicide Prevention. This presentation will cover the various types of stress associated with a career in law enforcement, including Critical Incident Stress.  We will also discuss healthy stress-management practices to help counter these stressors and incidents.  Participants will discuss the suicide epidemic amongst law enforcement officers, how to recognize warning signs and how to deal with a suicidal law enforcement officer.
1200 to 1300 – lunch
1300 to 1700 – Breakouts
Session 1 – Erik Saidenberg – Impact of social media and Internet access on crisis negotiations

Matthew Proehl (Captain Mannheim Police Department / Germany) Presentation outline: Without a doubt, the police discipline crisis and hostage negotiation has initiated a fundamental development in law enforcement tactics dealing with hostage situations on the one hand and with crisis situations on the other. The new terrorists, as seen in Norway, France and Australia within recent years, have shown a massive demonstration of violence, leading to mass-hostage-takings and an ultimate fight against specialized police forces. The presentation deals with the applicability of existing concepts in crisis and hostage negotiation to these new terror-situations and outlines necessary adjustments. This includes conceptual thoughts on dealing with active shooter scenarios as well as negotiating mass-hostage-takings in times of social media.

Joe Allen – (Glendale CA PD) How to use social media to learn about a person’s relatives, associations, interests, to aid in a better understanding of your person of interest.

Session 2 – Erik Saidenberg –After-action reports: “What’s in them for you?

Matthew Proehl – (Captain Mannheim Police Department / Germany) Presentation outline: Without a doubt, the police discipline crisis and hostage negotiation has initiated a fundamental development in law enforcement tactics dealing with hostage situations on the one hand and with crisis situations on the other. The new terrorists, as seen in Norway, France and Australia within recent years, have shown a massive demonstration of violence, leading to mass-hostage-takings and an ultimate fight against specialized police forces. The presentation deals with the applicability of existing concepts in crisis and hostage negotiation to these new terror-situations and outlines necessary adjustments. This includes conceptual thoughts on dealing with active shooter scenarios as well as negotiating mass-hostage-takings in times of social media.

Joe Allen – (Glendale CA PD) How to use social media to learn about a person’s relatives, associations, interests, to aid in a better understanding of your person of interest.

Friday October 11th
0800 to 1000 – Mark Flores (FBI), This Boston Marathon Bomber provides an overview of the events and investigation of the bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon and focuses on the negotiation teams’ actions during the manhunt and subsequent barricade of one of the subjects. Training Objectives for this presentation: I. CNT and Tactical Team Interrelations A. Importance of parallel application of tactics and negotiations B. Importance of tactical & negotiation teams’ communications C. Demonstration of how negotiations compliments tactics
1000 to 1200 – Mark Yarbrough – Burnout affects millions of Americans each year and has been called “the disease of our civilization.” The unhappiness and detachment burnout causes can threaten your job, your relationships, and your health. But there’s good news — burnout can be healed. Former 20-year elected District Attorney, MARK YARBROUGH, from Littlefield, Texas (hometown of Waylon Jennings), personally experienced burnout, learned how to successfully overcome it, and went from “Burnout” to “On Fire!” He has since become a “burnout expert” and has written and published on the subject. Mark is a very entertaining, motivating and inspiring speaker. He has taught thousands of people how to overcome Burnout — from companies like Blue Bell Ice Cream and Xcel Energy, to teachers and doctors/nurses, to a variety of government workers (police officers, CPS workers, attorneys, victim’s rights advocates, counselors, mental health professionals, etc.). Audience members will learn the definition of Burnout and the symptoms thereof. But more importantly, attendees will be laughing, and at the same time learning how to apply Mark’s F.I.N.G.E.R. philosophy to help themselves or their co-workers avoid and/or recover from Burnout. This is a training that you won’t want to miss!
1200 – Adjourn

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