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January 8th, 2010
Texas State to hold hostage crisis training


About 250 officers from law enforcement agencies across Texas, the United States and Canada will converge on Texas State Jan. 12-14 for the Department of Criminal Justice’s annual hostage negotiation training and competition.

Criminal Justice Professor Wayman Mullins said the officers will represent more than two dozen teams, with municipal and state law enforcements coming from Florida, North Dakota, California and Washington, DC. Teams also will compete from Hays, Comal, Bexar, Travis and Williamson Counties.

Teams will conducti mock hostage negotiation exercises from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. both Wednesday and Thursday at the Hines Academic Center on the Texas State campus. Tuesday’s schedule will focus on classroom sessions.

“They’ll be graded on how they negotiate with the hostage takers,” explained Mullins, an expert in hostage and crisis negotiations and terrorism. “This is a role-playing scenario that tries to mimic real life as much as possible.”

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