The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Hostage Negotiation Team was formed in 1997 in response to school violence incidents across the United States. The team began with a small number of negotiators that served in an on-call basis. Since it’s inception the team has expanded and currently has trained crisis negotiators, through Public Agency Training Council.
All team member undergo an in-depth selection process, which requires that they demonstrate sound decision making skills and heightened stability under pressure. After selection, team members are required to attend specialized training courses, including:
- Hostage Negotiations,
- Crisis Intervention,
- Interpersonal Communications,
- Domestic Violence, and
- Interview Techniques.
The Hostage Negotiation Team has successfully resolved dozens of barricaded gunman and hostage situations.