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Brief history of National Council of Negotiation Associations (NCNA);

(Originally referred to as National Council of Crisis Negotiation Associations, NCCNA)

 

The concept of the NCNA has always been one of the goals of Unit Chief Gary Noesner, FBI (now retired). Gary, you may remember, spoke at several of our seminars. To me Gary Noesner is the driving force behind where crisis negotiations are in our law enforcement world today. I quote Gary on our web page, "Negotiations are the most noble of police endeavors."  I personally always keep this in mind when involved in any type of police negotiations. I always try to remember the enthusiasm Gary has for crisis/hostage negotiations during those tough negotiations.

 

For many years that I've known Gary he frequently talked about forming a national body to govern, for lack of a better word, what we do in crisis negotiations. The first step to formalize these thoughts came at the National Crisis Negotiation Symposium, FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia in July of 1999. At this 25th anniversary of the FBI's involvement in hostage negotiations a steering committee was formed to help the NCNA become a reality. Affectionately referred to as the 'magnificent seven', Gary and his staff picked seven members from the law enforcement negotiations community to participate and give some direction. Each member was known through local associations for their leadership in negotiations and their obvious willingness to 'be involved'. Geographically the seven represented the continental United States fairly evenly. The seven members were;

 

·         Lieutenant Bill Browne, Garland Police Department, Garland, Texas

 

·         Captain Dennis Caine, Suffolk County Police Department, Yaphank, New York

 

·         Lieutenant Stuart Erlenbush, Illinois State Police, Springfield, Illinois

 

·         Assistant Sheriff Timothy James, Lexington County Sheriff's Department, Lexington, South Carolina

 

·         Lieutenant Robert Lozito, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, Sacramento, California

 

·         Lieutenant Tom Monahan, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Las Vegas, Nevada

 

·         Officer Bruce Wind, Seattle Police Department, Seattle, Washington

 

At the 1999 Symposium each member of the original seven facilitated a group discussion where numerous topics were addressed that effected crisis negotiations. At the end of the group discussions each group leader reported to the full symposium. After returning home each group leader was asked to submit a written report to the FBI's Crisis Negotiation Unit regarding 'national issues' and crisis negotiations.

 

The next meeting of the 'magnificent seven' was in September of 2000 at the International Negotiation Conference, FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia.

 

While meeting apart from the international delegates, the seven representatives adopted a mission statement so that the NCNA could move forward.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CRISIS NEGOTIATION ASSOCIATIONS

FBI ACADEMY, QUANTICO VIRGINIA

September 13, 2000

 

The seven U.S. Crisis Negotiators at the International Crisis Negotiation Conference support the creation of a national Council of Crisis Negotiations Associations.  To further this concept, we offer the following recommendations:

 

§  Mission - To provide a collective voice on a national level regarding crisis negotiations; to provide suggested training guidelines; and to encourage and support the further development of the discipline of crisis negotiations.

 

§  Composition - The council should consist of representatives of police crisis negotiation associations, police crisis negotiation conference groups, and other law enforcement crisis negotiation organizations as identified by CIRG.

 

§  Implementation - The seven representatives stand ready to participate in the first meeting, and remain available to assist the council in its formative stages.

 

 

In June of 2001, at the invitation of the FBI's CNU, members of national negotiations associations, like WSHNA, and leaders of nationally established seminars, met in Alexandria, Virginia. At this meeting the NCNA established National Guidelines. Each representative returned to their respective groups and by October, 2001 the NCNA National Guidelines were adopted by the member organizations. (Guidelines attached)  Bill Browne, Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators, was elected as the first National Chairperson. It was also decided that the NCNA would meet yearly in conjunction with a conference held by one of the member organizations. The first such meeting was held in May of 2002 in Monterey, California at the California Association of Hostage Negotiators annual training conference.

 

At this meeting our agenda encompassed two days. Most importantly and most controversial was our membership composition. Three organizations presented themselves for inclusion into the NCNA. Those three organizations were the National Tactical Officer's Association, Southwest Texas State University, and the Association for Conflict Resolution. The fact that these three prestigious organizations were seeking representation in the NCNA after our first year of existence speaks volumes about what and who this council represents. After much discussion it was decided that the membership would remain the same for now. However, other law enforcement associations would be invited to join, i.e. Rocky Mountain Hostage Negotiators (RMHN). (Cindy Mitchell, who was in Vancouver B.C. last year, will be making a presentation on behalf of RMHN to be included in NCNA at the 2003 meeting. Also, our own Brenda Yates, WSHNA, was elected as the National Chairperson.

 
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