hostage negotiator

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Modern hostage negotiation principles began in 1972 when, then New York Police Detective Harvey Schlossberg, a police officer with a PHD in psychology, recognized the need for trained personnel in the intervention of hostage situations.


hostage negotiator (plural hostage negotiators)

  1. (politics, law) A person who negotiates with a person, or groups of persons, for the release of a person, or groups of persons.

Usage notes[edit]

Hostage negotiation has developed into a science. Hostage negotiation teams are often deployed in conjunction with SWAT teams or sometimes independently.