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As a professional association, we have been active in many arenas on both the statewide and local levels. At the State level, our members served on the Hostage Negotiators Curriculum Committee of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education that developed the standards for negotiations training in Texas. Locally, we are developing an intelligence-gathering network for use by negotiators as the need arises. Also, we have established a formal way to recognize our own members for their contributions to our association and to the discipline of Hostage and Crisis negotiations.

Today, the Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators (TAHN) consists of five state regions, each providing training and education for crisis negotiations from El Paso to Texarkana and from Brownsville to Wichita Falls. Regional Directors are responsible for providing quarterly training for members in their areas. Our instructors come from State and local officers, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other federal organizations.

The Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators offers training to crisis negotiators across the United States and from foreign countries. It hosts the Annual Southwestern Crisis Negotiation Training Conference each November. TAHN has welcomed negotiators from Alaska, Canada, New York, Florida, California, Hawaii and the Philippines and many points in between to this internationally recognized negotiations training program.

Bob Sherman is a Sergeant in the Burleson Police Department in Burleson, Texas. He is also the Vice President for Public Relations for the Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators (TAHN). You may contact the Association and Bob Sherman at www.tahn.org

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