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January 22nd, 2010
HCSO crisis team places second

Left to right: Sgt. Mike Wood, Sgt. Jehu Dickerson, Cpl. Carl Spriegel, Sgt. Jesse Hernandez, Det. Mike Mallow, Ofcr. Joyce Bender, Ofcr. Duwayne Poorboy, Sgt. Kelly Earnest, Dep. Danny Lombardo, Dep. Gilbert Guarnero, Lt. Dennis Gutierrez, Ofcr. Don Lee, Det. Jeri Skrocki, Sgt. Steve Cunningham, Sheriff Tommy Ratliff and Dr. Wayman Mullins.


The Hays County Crisis Negotiations teams recently placed second in the Annual Crisis Negotiations competition. The event was sponsored by Texas State University, Hays County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), and the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD).

The Hays County team, composed of members from the three agencies, field all critical responses that occur in the city of San Marcos and within Hays County.

Teams from all over Texas, as well as  the states of Indiana, Oklahoma and Colorado, and even Canada, participated in the competition. The head judges, also from many parts of the country, were experts with extensive expertise and many years of experience in crisis negotiation.

Four jail teams and 18 law enforcement teams competed in tests that put their skills in communication, intelligence gathering, brainstorming, team functioning, team roles and utilizing  feedback.

The Hays County team won second Place in the police division.  First place honors went to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.

The Hays County Team was Team Leader Detective Jeri Skrocki, Assistant Team Leader Sgt. Steve Cunningham, Sgt. Mike Wood, Detective Mike Mallow, Lt. Dennis Gutierrez, Sgt. Jesse Hernandez, Deputy Gilbert Guarnero and Deputy Danny Lombardo from the Hays County Sheriff’s Office as well as Sergeant Jehu Derrickson, Sergeant Kelly Earnest, Corporal Carl Spriegel, Officer Don Lee, Officer Joyce Bender and Officer Duwayne Poorboy from the San Marcos Police Department and Dr. Wayman Mullins from Texas State University.

Mullins, along with Michael J. McMains, is the author of Crisis Negotiations-Managing Critical Incidents and Hostage Situations in Law Enforcement and Corrections.

Hays County Sheriff Tommy Ratliff congratulated the team and complimented its ability to handle difficult crisis situations.

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