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State Conferences and Workshops

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5 Day Basic Hostage Negotiation and Crisis Intervention

  • Date: November 1 - 5 2021

  • Location: South Burlington Police Department. 19 Gregory Drive, South Burlington, Vermont 05703

  • Registration: Please go to the website: for more information and to register.

  • Cost: $495.00

Download the flyer for a full schedule and additional information

Introduction to Crisis/Hostage Negotiation: The history of negotiations will be discussed from NYPD 1973 to present day. Why we negotiate even in barricade situations. Recognize elements of successful crisis negotiation. Apply common crisis negotiation terms. Discussion on how virtually every hostage taker fits into one of three main categories “The Three C’s.”

Team Structure: The ideal team size. The structuring of a crisis negotiation team and the importance of command personnel, as well as command personnel’s understanding and support will be discussed. (This structure works for small and large agencies alike) Determine organizational requirements for an effective crisis response. Coordinate personnel, resources, and equipment for crisis negotiation. Identify training requirements associated with crisis negotiation.

Effective Communication Recognize the value of effective communication in crisis negotiation. Apply the principles of the Behavioral Influence Stairway Model Recognize barriers to effective communication. Apply basic communication skills to crisis negotiation.

Psychology in Negotiations: In this segment, students will discuss in layman’s terms the mental and personality disorders that are prevalent during crisis situations. Identifying the mental or personality disorder and dealing with it in a crisis. Students will learn the three most common types of suspects that are involved in hostage/barricade incidents. Recognize characteristics of mentally ill or emotionally disturbed subject Apply techniques for communicating with mentally ill or emotionally disturbed individuals.

Basics of Negotiating: The function and duties of each team member, including command personnel, will be explained, and discussed. Negotiation strategies will also be discussed. Negotiation Operation Command (NOC) and Tactical Operation Command (TOC) - what are they and how do they function with each other during a SWAT incident. Apply safety and security measures to contain a crisis. Establish command and control during a crisis incident. Mitigate a crisis incident. Establish operational objectives during a crisis. Evaluate and manage risk during a crisis incident. Plan a risk-effective negotiation strategy.

Intelligence: Develop a system for managing intelligence. Recognize the value of intelligence in mitigating a crisis. Differentiate categories of crisis intelligence. Apply intelligence to resolving a crisis incident. Maintain effective incident information charts and dialogue records. Social media is huge. In today’s world the negotiator must be aware of how social media works and how it can help and hinder negotiations.

Case Studies: Each hostage and crisis situation are different. The cases we will review are a diverse sampling of the instructor’s experiences and other incidents from across the nation.

Suicide Intervention: Can you talk a person into committing suicide? The truth and the myths about suicide will be discussed. Recognize suicide trends within the United States. Identify terminology associated with suicide. Identify risk factors associated with suicide. Identify risk indicators associated with the immediacy of suicidal intent.. Apply effective intervention techniques for the actively suicidal person.

Role Play: Students will get a chance to participate as a team member and use the most advanced electronic communication equipment that is on the market today. Apply basic communication skills to crisis negotiation. Recognize and apply factors that contribute to successful crisis negotiation. Document crisis negotiation team activities. Apply intelligence to resolving a crisis incident.

Terrorism and extremist groups (Crusaders): Can we negotiate with a terrorist or extremist group? An understanding of the ideology and culture of terrorists and extremist groups will be discussed

Additional topics attendees will have gained knowledge in:

• Recognize circumstances conducive to successful crisis negotiation.

• Recognize and apply strategies that contribute to successful crisis negotiation.

Recognize a non-negotiable situation.

Recognize and understand risk/benefit regarding the use of third-party intermediaries.

Alco-Sensor FST PBT device

Intoximeters offers complementary online training for the Alco-Sensor FST PBT device.  The link to the training is Click here for more information on the registration process. 

Officers can choose the “Supervisor” option when registering themselves for the training.  Students should have an AS FST device with them as they go through the program so they can practice the various procedures and registration will require them to enter a serial number in order to complete

Exploring the Sexual Offender & Violent Offender (domestic abuser): Understanding the Offender’s Personality, Behavior, & Typology For Detectives, Patrol, CPS, & Probation

  • Date: December 2-3, 2021

  • Location: South Burlington Police Department. 19 Gregory Drive, South Burlington, Vermont 05703

  • Registration: Please go to the website: for more information and to register.

  • Cost:

    • Single Registrant: $200

    • 3 or more Registrants: $185

This training features the experience and expertise of Mr. Johnson, M.A., L.P. and is appropriate for law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, probation officers, forensic psychologists and therapists. Participants will develop a more thorough understanding of the sexual offender and violent offender. Discussion will include examining the offender’s personality traits and behavior, offender typologies, interview strategies, special populations such as the psychopath and sadistic offender, and the role of pornography in any type of violent behavior. Online sexual predators and child pornography users will also be addressed. The newly acquired understanding and skills will help improve clinical and forensic assessment, interrogation, crime investigation, supervision, treatment, and risk assessment. Mr. Johnson’s textbook Physical Abusers and Sexual Offenders: Forensic and Clinical Strategies (2007, CRC/Taylor & Francis) offers the most complete work on the physical abuser and sexual offender.

PRESENTER & TRAINER: Scott Allen Johnson, MA, LP - Forensic Psychologist. (612) 269-3628

Major Case Management

This course will arm you with a solid foundation to efficiently and effectively manage a variety of major case situations including multi-incident investigations, cross-jurisdictional cases, mass arrest projects, and more.

We will take you through the process of handling major cases beginning with the policies and infrastructure that should be in place before a situation occurs. We will examine a typical major case organizational structure and discuss the effective use of chain of command in both single agency and multi-agency situations.

Next we will take you step-by-step through the various components of major case management. You will learn how to handle the initial crisis, manage the crime scene, allocate personnel, track the leads and the investigation, coordinate the assisting agencies, and handle the news media. We will also discuss the pros and cons surrounding the use of 24-hour hotlines, citizen volunteers, confidential sources, special prosecutors, and others.

Throughout the course, you will learn about the state and federal resources available to you during these investigations. You will also learn the case reporting and documentation that should be completed along the way so that proper evaluation and debriefing can be done upon the conclusion of operations.

Topics Include

  • Major case management goals and objectives
  • Types and components of major cases
  • Multiple incident or “crime pattern” investigations
  • Extended resource/long term investigations
  • Multi-jurisdictional major cases
  • Undercover and sting operations
  • Mass arrest projects
  • Operational and support functions
  • Communications plan and information management
  • Lead management and follow-up
  • Single agency and multi-agency task force operations
  • Mutual aid agreements and memorandums of understanding
  • Special problems and common errors
  • State and federal resources
  • After action reporting and debriefing


New and veteran investigative unit supervisors, patrol supervisors seeking command responsibilities, division commanders, and agency executives.

This course is restricted to sworn and non-sworn law enforcement personnel.

Course Length

24 hours

What Our Students Are Saying

  • “Absolutely outstanding. Extremely knowledgeable instructor who literally wrote the book
    on major case management.” – J. D.
  • “Examples given provide clear explanation of how major case management is defined and worked,
    as well as the organizational aspect for success.” – S.W.
  • “Great class. Will definitely recommend this course to other supervisors within my agency.” – A.G.
  • “All areas from major to minor details are considered and explained.” – D.S.
  • ““Instructor was very knowledgeable on topic. He cares deeply about the course, police work and cops.
    Very well done.” – Sgt. S.R.
  • “Excellent class. Concepts are scalable and adoptable to many incidents/investigations and any size agency.” – Sgt. D.A.
  • “Mr. McDevitt is an outstanding instructor. His experience and knowledge is perfect for this course.” – Lt. B.V.
  • “Outstanding! Great experience and humor all in one!” – Det. Sgt. K.M.
  • “Instructor extremely knowledgeable. Case studies and stories applicable to materials…Excellent course!!!” – Lt. B.D.
  • “With riveting accounts of his past case studies, the class flowed from topic to topic effortlessly. The personal and professional experiences shared were incredible!” – Sgt. R.S.

    The Street Smart Cop/Pro-Active Patrol Tactics

    The foundational course Street Cop Training was built on. Taken by over 10,000 law enforcement officers it has been regarded as the best course ever created for police officers. We have spent almost 20 years of collective information and fine tuning it to create a training experience like no other. Humorous, exciting, and extremely valuable, this course is designed to be enjoyed by every division and every rank. We will cover the case law every cop needs to know, specific to the state in which it’s taught. The exposure to this kind of knowledge is a MUST have in today’s modern policing. We can no longer afford to guess what to do next. Re-Active or Pro-Active, officers must know how to behave in a manner that is constitutionally compliant. We teach cases that not only give the student understanding but also raise their confidence. This will put an end to common police misconceptions and muster room debates. We supply facts and provide where it says what we teach and advocate.

    We continue beyond case law into pro-active policing and how to be an effective police officer. The student will be privy to watching strategically edited police videos in a way that breaks down the indicators of criminal behavior. This is the perfect course for anyone looking to take their policing to the next level or looking to polish your existing abilities as an effective police officer. This course has been deemed so vital for police officers that several agencies have sent all their sworn personnel. Some have even added it as a pre-requisite to completing their field-training program. This course is not just for the proactive officers, as it provides essential information all LEO’s must know. It is extremely dangerous for police officers to be in the presence of criminal activity without being aware of it. Save yourself from embarrassment. Save your life. Save the life of another.

    Broadly covered topics will include; identity deception/uncovering the truth; reactions to police presence when engaged in criminal conduct; key phrases of deception; body language and nervous behavior; distinguishing illegal police conduct from legal police conduct; current crime trends; motor vehicle law that you should know; exposure to hidden compartments/hides; and Officer Safety/Tactics that will save your life. Previous attendees report back with great results far beyond what we ever expected this training to accomplish. Our students have stopped a broad range of crimes from being committed and have apprehended some of the most dangerous criminals in the country. Do not miss this career changing training.

    Dennis Benigno is the founder and CEO of Street Cop Training and began formal police instruction in 2012. His law enforcement career began in 2001 at 19 years of age as a NJ Corrections Officer. In 2004 Benigno became a police officer with the US Park Police Dept. in Washington, DC and in 2005 moved over to the position of police officer in one of NJ’s largest municipalities. He has received multiple awards including but not limited to Lifesaving, Meritorious Service, Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service, Several Letters of Recognition, Leadership awards and Certificates of Appreciation from several law enforcement organizations. As a police officer Benigno has affected over 1,500 arrests and has conducted well over 10,000 motor vehicle stops. He now leads one of the fastest growing LEO education companies in the country.

    Traffic Incident Management

    Traffic incident management is the process of coordinating the resources of a number of different public and private sector partners to detect, respond to, and clear traffic incidents as quickly as possible to reduce the duration and impacts of incidents, while protecting the safety of on-scene responders and the traveling public.

    The training addresses all aspects of incident response, from the moment the first emergency call is made to the correct positioning of response vehicles and equipment, to a safe work area using traffic control devices, to final scene clearance.

    The four-hour, in-person training brings police, firefighters, DOT, towing, medical personnel, and other incident responders together to foster relationships and engage in interactive training. They learn how to work together in a coordinated manner, from the moment the first emergency call is made to final scene clearance.

    To find dates and times for Traffic Incident Management courses check the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security training calander

    Verbal De-Escalation and Crisis Communication Skills to Diffuse and Re-Direct Conflict Behavior

    • Date: November 8 - 9

    • Location: South Burlington Police Department. 19 Gregory Drive, South Burlington, Vermont 05703

    • Registration: Please go to the website: for more information and to register.

    • Cost: $295.00

    Download the flyer for a full schedule and additional information

    Today’s scrutiny placed upon police officers and other first responders have resulted in a growing need to learn verbal conflict and crisis communication skills. When verbal encounters become adversarial and escalate, they can often lead to controversial use of force issues or worse. When many of these incidents are reviewed, the officer is often scrutinized for their lack of de-escalation techniques. Verbal de-escalation is becoming an essential training issue in law enforcement. It was addressed in The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing (2015), The National Consensus Policy on Use of Force (January 2017) and most recently in President Trumps Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities (June 2020).

    Although no training can ever reasonably be expected to stop all incidents from escalating to use of force, many citizens and communities have begun to expect officers to receive training and when possible apply verbal de-escalation strategies.

    This training is designed to help law enforcement, corrections, EMT’s, Fire Fighters and others to understand and deal with individuals who are agitated or in crisis.

    Attendees will learn that communicating verbally during a potential force encounter may aid in stabilizing the situation.

    Verbal de-escalation may reduce the immediacy of the threat so that more time, options, and resources can be called upon to resolve the situation.

    Attendees will learn many of the same skills Crisis/Hostage negotiators use to de-escalate, build rapport, and often move the subject who is agitated/in crisis towards the rational communications that benefits everyone involved.

    Attendees will also learn how to become more effective listeners which in turn will make individuals better officers, report takers, and overall better communicators. This can aid in the reduction of officer complaints and possibly in some instances use of force issues.

    At The Conclusion of This Course, The Participant Should Be Able To Do The Following:

    • Understand what happens physiologically when subjects are agitated or in crisis.
    • Understand techniques that may be effective in getting the subject to think and act more rationally.
    • Know how to develop and maintain rapport.
    • Employ active listening skills to de-escalate the subject and work towards gaining compliance.
    • How to encourage individuals to cooperate without the use of force.
    • Move beyond basic verbal commands (Ask, Tell, Make) to actual problem-solving dialog with persons in extreme crisis.
    • Understand the steps needed to effect behavioral change.
    • Understand the benefits of listening and letting the subject “Tell their story”.
    • Better understand the mindsets of suicidal individuals and deal more effectively with suicide by cop ideations.


    National White Collar Crime Center Online Courses

    Visit the National White Collar Crime Center Website

    Economic Crime Foundation Series (ECFS), NW3C's first complete Online Distance Learning Program

    The Economic Crime Foundation Series (ECFS), consists of five self-paced introductory level courses

    • Introduction to White Collar Crime
    • Elder Fraud
    • Identity Theft
    • Disaster Fraud
    • Money Laundering

    The Summit: Center for State Employee Development

    Visit The Summit Website

    The Vermont Department of Human Resources' "The Summit: Center for State Employee Development"  has openings in many of its courses covering a wide range of professional development, leadership, and health and wellness topics. Grant writing, facilitation, performance measurement, systems thinking, and emotional intelligence are among the many offerings. Many courses are free, although a fee is charged for some. The Summit is located in the Osgood Building, Waterbury State Office Complex, 103 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT. Check out their website for more information.

    Supervisor Leadership Institute

    With FBI LEEDA

    Date: March 28-April 1, 2022

    Location: Hosted by Essex Police Department

    The Supervisor Leadership Institute (SLI) is part one of the three-step leadership series that makes up the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy.  While targeting to first-line supervisors, the SLI course is suitable for all police leaders – sworn and civilian. SLI students will be engaged in such topics as credibility, discipline, liability, and leadership styles. They will complete a DISC leadership assessment.

    FBI-LEEDA instructors are current or former command-level law enforcement leaders who have not only extensive leadership experience, but a passion for teaching.

    The following topics are covered in the Supervisor Leadership Institute:

    • Defining leadership, generational effects of leadership, leadership as a lifestyle, leadership traits
    • Building credibility, organizational credibility
    • Four pillars of discipline, immunity, supervisor liability
    • Participants will complete a DISC assessment of their personal leadership style

    The cost of the Supervisor Leadership Institute is $695.

    FBI-LEEDA will send you a tuition invoice six-weeks prior to the start date of the class. To make special payment arrangements prior to being invoiced please email Finance at

    • The registration fee includes the cost of the training and course materials; the fee does not include meals or travel expenses.
    • Sworn and professional law enforcement staff are welcome to all FBI-LEEDA classes.  You do not have to be a member to attend a class.
    • Each student must register for classes under their own Username and Account.
    • There are no prerequisites for this course; Trilogy courses can be taken in any order.
    • A workbook will be provided; laptop is optional.
    • Dress is business casual.
    • This course is 28 contact hours.

    For further information regarding this or any other FBI-LEEDA class, please contact FBI-LEEDA at 1-877-772-7712 or email us at: