Hostage Negotiation Team
The Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) is a specialty team within the department
utilized in conjunction with the
Tactical Response Team (TRT).
Their efforts are used to communicate with barricaded subjects and hostage
takers, who may be violent, subjects threatening suicide or that are
experiencing some other crisis. Their main objective is to have a peaceful surrender.
The HNT are members of the
Florida Association of Hostage Negotiators (FAHN) and the Bay
Area Negotiation Group (BANG). Meetings are held either on
a monthly or bi-monthly basis depending on information retrieved
from law enforcement agencies regarding recent hostage situations.
There are 11 full-time members and two training alternate
members on the HNT. The full-time members respond to
call-outs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The training alternates only respond
to call-outs while they are on-duty within the department.
process requires officers to pass the standard law enforcement
qualification course conducted yearly and to run an additional 1.5 miles
within 15 minutes or less. The officer undergoes an additional psychological evaluation
and a scenario based interview process. Once chosen as a member,
training begins on a monthly basis to include scenario base training and
critiqued sessions regarding recent hostage situations. All
members train with the TRT twice a year.
When dealing with a barricaded / armed suspect(s), the
Hostage Negotiation Team and the TRT work hand-in-hand in an initial attempt to
accomplish a peaceful surrender. The TRT will tactically deliver a
rescue phone supplied by the Hostage Negotiation Team to the suspect(s)
for communication purposes. However, if the negotiators
are unsuccessful in convincing the suspect(s) to surrender, TRT will use physical means to prevent any further
risk to law enforcement and the community in taking this individual into
The Hostage Negotiation Team Truck
utilizes a Tactical Command and Communications Vehicle that provides
Tampa Police Commanders with a wide range of communication devices.
This vehicle has access to radio linking systems, digital emergency
response systems, and video feeds from deployed units. This
Federal Grant-funded vehicle is equipped with a variety of electronic
devices including laptops, printer, fax machine, scanner, wireless
router, telephones, satellite broadcast, weather systems, and