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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.
Hostage Negotiations Team