Crisis Negotiations Training for Georgian Law Enforcement Officers with Support from INL and FBI

The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi conducted a Crisis Negotiations training May 16-20 for Georgian law enforcement officers with support from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) offices. Four FBI trainers from the United States who are experts in crisis negotiations led the training, which was a great opportunity to bring Georgian and American law enforcement partners together to share best practices in the area of crisis response. Georgian participants from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, State Security Service, and the Special Penitentiary Service learned skills needed to better communicate with subjects in hostage, barricade, and suicide situations and put them into practice during individual and group role-play exercises. The course was paired with a one-day training session on Management during Crisis Negotiations that was offered to incident commanders from the same agencies to enable them to more effectively manage negotiators during critical incident response situations. The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi continues to support capacity building for Georgian law enforcement in the area of Crisis Management to enable a more coordinated response to crisis situations, as they work toward the common goal of protecting life, property, and the environment.