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January 11th, 2011
Texas State to hold hostage negotiation competition

STAFF REPORT

The Department of Criminal Justice at Texas State will be host to more than 200 law enforcement officers from across Texas, the United States and Thailand during the annual hostage negotiation training and competition this week.

The competition runs Tuesday through Thursday. Approximately 24 teams will participate, including teams from Hays, Travis, Comal, Bear and Williamson Counties.

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

“They’ll be graded on how they negotiate with the hostage takers,” said Wayman Mullins, Texas State professor of criminal justice and 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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