The University of Georgia Police Department Crisis Negotiations Teams supports the overall mission of the department by providing a team of officers who are trained to effectively communicate with people who are in a crisis situation. The team’s primary mission is to protect life and reduce the probability of injury. The team responds to individuals in crisis situations and works to communicate with them in a way that facilitates a rational thought process for that individual.
The team also works to synchronize with all other components of an overall response by the Police Department to insure consistency by all components and command. The position assignment of team members helps in this response by allowing an identifiable structure for other components to quickly and efficiently discuss the necessity and effectiveness of available strategies.
Team members train monthly and receive advanced training depending on team position. Training is received from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, The Institute of Police Traffic Management, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other organizations, seminars, and conferences.