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The mission of the Critical Incident Negotiation Team (C.I.N.T.)
is to preserve life during critical incidents by resolving conflict without
the use of force. This team initiates a constructive verbal dialog with
suicidal persons, barricaded criminal suspects, hostage situations and
attempts to use special crisis intervention skills to affect a non-violent
resolution. The C.I.N.T. unit also responds to pre-planned events, dignitary
visits and high risk warrant services.
C.I.N.T. unit members are assigned to other full-time duties within the
Sheriff's Department and perform their C.I.N.T. duties in addition
to their regular assignments. Sworn officers assigned to C.I.N.T. duties
must meet a demanding selection criteria, attend numerous training schools
and are required to attend monthly team training sessions. Additionally,
team members must have a technical skill in a variety of communications
equipment and must maintain proficiency with the equipment.
C.I.N.T. is on-call 24 hours a day, all year around. The team is another
tool for law enforcement to peacefully resolve potentially dangerous
and sometimes deadly situations without injury or death.
The C.I.N.T. unit provides training to other law enforcement and public
service agencies. Training topics include: basic negotiations, first
responder issues, crisis intervention, hostage survival, threat assessment
and workplace violence related topics.
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