WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — The Crisis Negotiation Team consists of some of the most highly trained police officers in the Mahoning Valley.
They are selected for their ability to work under pressure and their ability to communicate under pressure.
The team took over the Trumbull County Courthouse on Friday to train on the scenario of what if someone takes a hostage in court?
“We work through the various scenarios, on how we would handle things,” said team member Vince Peterson.
Officers on the team come from all across Trumbull and Mahoning counties. They are chosen by the Crisis Response Team for their work as police officers and their ability to communicate.
“People are involved in these things for different reasons. So we want to make sure we listen to them and try to work through their situation, whatever they are dealing with and what their crisis is,” Peterson said.
The team trains on a monthly basis so they’re ready to deal with a real life hostage situation. One happened at the Trumbull County Jail in April when three men took a jail guard hostage.
It was resolved without any injuries to the inmates or officers.
“You had crowd control, you had all the other dynamics and you put some of the best heads in the state of Ohio along with the federal government together and we come up with a reasonable plan on how to positively resolve the situation and that is what you saw that day,” Peterson said.
Officers say having such a highly trained team locally provides a great benefit to the community.
“When there is a crisis taking place and you have an officer with that type of training, they know how to manage that scene right from the get go. Everything is right here in Mahoning and Trumbull County from the multiple departments,” said Mahoning County Sheriff Deputy Jeff Saluga.