The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office Hostage Negotiation Team consists of seven members. All team members have regular duty assignments and are assigned to various divisions throughout the agency. Team members are on-call at all times for situations that may arise that require the special training and expertise that these deputies are able to provide. These members are drawn from the ranks of the Sheriff’s Office and are chosen for demeanor, communication skills and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations. Team members undergo specialized training based on problem-resolution and psychological tactics aimed at convincing the subjects involved to resolve the situation peacefully.
The Hostage Negotiation Team responds to various types of incidents to include barricaded suspects, suicidal individuals and situations where innocent victims have been taken hostage.
The Team’s goal is the peaceful resolution to a crisis situation without the use of force or loss of life.