Texas State hosted 33rd annual hostage negotiation competition

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Jayme Blaschke | January 10, 2023

three men in shirts reading "DPS Negotiation"

Law enforcement officers from across the country converged on Texas State University for the 33rd Annual Competition and Seminar for Crisis Negotiations, which ran from Jan. 10-12.

Approximately 26 teams participated, with municipal and state law enforcement units that came in from across the U.S., including representatives from Florida and Washington. An international team from Singapore also participated. Competition judges hailed from across the U.S. as well as Austria, Germany and Scotland.

Hosted by the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Texas State, the Hays County Sheriff's Office and the San Marcos Police Department, the negotiator training seminars provided basic and advanced training for hostage/crisis negotiators and personnel involved with critical incident situations. This included police, correctional officers and jailers, tactical and special operations team members, other crisis response personnel, administrators and managers. Teams conducted mock hostage negotiation exercises from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday’s schedule focuses on classroom sessions. The program was not open to the public.

Media Mentions

Did you know? Hostage negotiators sharpen their skills in San Marcos

by CBS Austin · January 11, 2023

"This week law enforcement officers from around the world are in San Marcos learning what it takes to be a world-class hostage negotiator. For more than 30 years law enforcement agencies from across the country have been sending their people here to San Marcos for training."

Texas State University hosts 33rd annual hostage negotiation competition

by KXAN · January 11, 2023

"Some of the best hostage negotiators in the country are on Texas State University’s campus this week. They’re training and competing in the 33rd Annual Competition and Seminar for Crisis Negotiations."

TXST Hosts 33rd Annual Competition And Seminar On Crisis Negotiations

by San Marcos Daily Record · January 11, 2023

"Each year, Texas State University hosts a competition where police officers become students and students become criminals. Mock hostage negotiations kicked off on Tuesday for the 33rd Annual Competition and Seminar on Crisis Negotiations, attended by law enforcement officers and judges from across the globe."

For more information, contact University Communications:

Jayme Blaschke, 512-245-2555

Sandy Pantlik, 512-245-2922