NPS holds crisis negotiator training for area agencies

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) hosted a crisis negotiator training event for several agencies in south central Nebraska. The exercise was put on with assistance from Clay County law enforcement.

The event, which occurred during the evening hours of Wednesday, December 5, involved representatives from the Harvard Police Department, Sutton Police Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, and Clay County Emergency Management. Students from Hastings College volunteered to assist and played the parts of hostages and hostage takers.

“This joint exercise gave us an opportunity to train local agencies, but also to work alongside them to be prepared for a potential real-life situation,” said Captain Sean Caradori, Commander of Troop C – Grand Island. “We’d especially like to thank the Hastings College students for their help in making the scenarios as real as possible.”

NSP works with local agencies across the state in a multitude of situations in which crisis negotiators are invaluable to producing a positive outcome.