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January 7th, 2013
23rd annual hostage negotiation meet this week


Andrew Brown, chief inspector of Scotland Yard, will present a seminar on maritime negotiations, highlighting the 23rd annual Hostage Negotiation Training and Competition being put on this week by Texas State’s Department of Criminal Justice.

Brown will give his presentation Tuesday on the first day of the event.

Wednesday and Thursday, the event turns to the competition, which will involve about two dozen law enforcement teams and more than 200 officers from across Texas and the United States, including groups fro Colorado, Florida and North Dakota.

Local law enforcement teams from Hays, Comal, Bexar Travis and Williamson counties will also participate.

“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.”

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.

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