Police Psychologist Essay

1322 WordsFeb 2, 20126 Pages
In this paper I will answer several questions in regards to the following scenario. You are a police psychologist for a major metropolitan area. You are also a member of its hostage negotiation team. You have just been called out to a crisis incident at 3:15 p.m. on a Friday. It is a residential area about three blocks from a middle school and a public library. The information you have at this time is that the subject is a 42-year-old male who is holed up in his house with his wife, son, and family friend. He has murdered his next-door neighbor and is threatening to kill those in the house if he does not get his demands. One of his demands is for immunity from the murder charge if he surrenders without harming any of the people in the…show more content…
He has expressed that if certain demands are not met. Also, the hostage taker has shown that he is already willing to take a life when he murdered his next door neighbor. I there are only three choices for hostage takers one is to kill the hostages and commit suicide. The second is to lessen the demands to a more achievable proportion and continue negotiations. And the third is to surrender to police. My optimal role in this situation is to preserve life. If I can save everyone including the hostage taker, I would happily do so. But my primary focus is one saving the lives of the hostages. In addition to that I must ensure that individuals are deployed to the correct areas. For example, I would make sure the SWAT team is in the correct area. I would lock down the schools and the public library; I would ensure that the media is not in the area. Normally as a negotiator you are fight the current because the average crisis negotiation teams takes 45 minutes to one hour to respond to a scene. So for that first hour we would be rely on the first responding officer to be handling all negotiation which could of put me as the oncoming negotiator in the middle of a really bad conversation. There are normally four choices for a hostage negotiators or police supervisors at a hostage situation. The first response is to send in a large number of officers and to use force (whether physical or gunfire). The second option is to use a sniper to take a clean shot at the hostage taker.
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