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Texas State to hold hostage negotiation competition

STAFF REPORTAlways looking to sharpen their skills in hostage negotiation, approximately 275 law enforcement officers from around the country will converge on Texas State University this week.

The officers will participate in the annual hostage negotiation and training competition put on by Texas State’s department of criminal justice. The competition will take place Tuesday through Thursday at the Hines Academic Center.

Among the teams involved will be the Federal Correctional Institute from Florence, CO, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. State and municipal law enforcement also will participate, including teams from Hays, Travis and Williamson Counties, along with the cities of San Marcos, Austin and San Antonio.

Teams will conduct mock hostage negotiation exercises from 8 a.m-5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Tuesday’s schedule will focus on classroom sessions.

“They’ll be graded on how they negotiate with the hostage takers,” said Texas State criminal justice Professor Wayman Mullins. “This is a role-playing scenario that tries to mimic real life as much as possible.”