The Alliance Crisis Hostage Negotiation Team (CHNT) was formed in 1999. The current CHNT Team is comprised five highly trained negotiators and one clinical psychologist. The CHNT is attached to the department’s Special Response Team.
It is the mission of the CHNT Team to support the Alliance Police Department and any other requesting law enforcement agencies with a trained negotiation team to respond to critical incidents.
Ed Grabianowski said it best, “A hostage situation is a law enforcement worst-case scenario because it places innocent civilians directly in harm’s way Armed intervention becomes very risky, since the hostages themselves can be harmed either by stray bullets or by the hostage-takers. That makes the negotiation the most important aspect of any hostage crisis. A skilled negotiator must find out what the hostage taker wants, who he or she is and what it will take to achieve a peaceful outcome, all while ensuring the safety of the hostages and other bystanders. Ideally, a hostage situation ends with everyone walking away.”
To become a member of the team, all candidates must be in good standing with the department and submit a written application, explaining why he wants to be a member of the team and what they can contribute.
All applicants are reviewed by a rigorous and mentally challenging interview.
CHNT Administrator: Capt. James Hilles- email