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Donna Purcell Order #555233 18 July 2011 Hostage Negotiations: What’s at Stake for Both Parties and Techniques Involved “The theme that permeates hostage negotiation is the Safe Release of Hostages and the Saving of Lives.” Hostage negotiations are all about psychology; and successful negotiators must be skilled in handling a diverse level of negotiations under very stressful circumstances.
The actual negotiation period may take hours or even days to bring the situation to a positive conclusion. Discussion of the hostage-takers, negotiators and techniques used are given in the following information. First of all there may be many circumstances involved in why a hostage situation takes place. Some examples include 1. A situation of a desperate mother or father who locks themselves in with their own child. 2. It could be a bank robber disturbed and having financial problems. 3. Or it may be a terrorist situation that has taken hostages in return for demands being met. In any hostage situation, however, there are differing circumstances. There may be more than one hostage, or there may be more than one hostage-taker, or the situation could be planned or just a last minute desperate attempt to have their demands met. In any of these situations it is the negotiator who must control the situation using his skills to bring the situation to a prompt conclusion and a positive outcome. The hostage-taker has little choice in the outcome once the situation escalates. ...
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