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To Preserve Life: Hostage-Crisis Management
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Law enforcement professionals often seek to categorize a hostage taker's motivations to help determine a course of action in dealing with them. In essence there are three types of hostage takers: psychological, criminal, and political. The general characteristics and propensity for violence of each type are well covered herein. There is also a very good set of guidelines that can stave off the "action imperative" and logically help officers decide when and how it is appropriate to act.
Topics include guidelines for first responders, intelligence gathering, hostage do's and don'ts, negotiation principles, crisis intervention, problematic phrases, useful words, the impact of time, the Stockholm bond, risk factors, legal issues, and action criteria. There is a good overview of the affect of drugs and alcohol as well. The CD is a MS PowerPoint version of the essential points that you can use to teach the materials to others.
I would have loved to have seen more depth but this is a very good resource.
Author of Surviving Armed Assaults, The Way of Kata, and Martial Arts Instruction