Crisis negotiators undergo advanced training at the State Readiness Training Center

WHITESTOWN — The Utica Police Department was among 18 agencies statewide to take an advanced crisis negotiation training course Wednesday at the New York State Readiness Training Center.

The two-day course focused on de-escalating situations between police and people in crisis using various scenario-based training exercises. The course used real actors and the Cityscape location of the center to make the exercises as real as possible.

“When New Yorkers are in crisis, we want our law enforcement partners across the state to have the training and resources they need to reach a safe resolution,” Jackie said. Bray, commissioner of the state division of homeland security and emergency services.

“As we know, communication and empathy are key components to successfully assisting someone in crisis and this course will go a long way in building the capacity of state-trained negotiators and reinforcing best practices for de-escalating situations. dangerous.”

The course was the first advanced crisis negotiation course conducted at the Preparedness Center, with support from the FBI, the New York State Police and the New York Association of Hostage Negotiators, officials said.

The course featured six unique scenarios, including negotiating with a barricaded subject, negotiating with a veteran with PTSD, and negotiating through an interpreter when a language barrier is involved.

“It is more imperative than ever for members of law enforcement to have the knowledge, tools and training necessary to bring positive results to complex, dangerous and potentially violent situations,” said the Superintendent of the state police, Kevin P. Bruen.

All officers trained in the course have at least 2 years of negotiation experience with their respective agencies and have completed a 40-hour basic course through the FBI or the State’s Division of Criminal Justice Services from New York.

In addition to the Utica Police Negotiators, other agencies that participated in the training course include the Buffalo and Rochester Police Departments, as well as the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office.

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