Gastonia Police Department's Hostage Negotiators' Team first started in 1987. The team utilizes specialized training and electronic equipment to accomplish its mission: to resolve an incident peacefully, without injury, by negotiating the surrender of a suspect.
Team training by:
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Institute for Police Technology & Management
- North Carolina Justice Academy
- North Carolina Association of Crisis Negotiators
- South Carolina Hostage Negotiations Training Conference
Chad Welch (Team Leader)
Amy Hawkins (Team Leader)
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