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King County’s Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) is comprised of a sergeant, two team leaders and 10 negotiators for whom crisis negotiation is an ancillary duty. The team has advanced training in de-escalation, active listening, intelligence gathering and risk analysis.

CNT deploys with a dedicated mobile Negotiation Operations vehicle and can establish communication through a variety of hard-wired or wireless systems. CNT is called upon for barricaded subjects with or without hostages or victims, persons who are suicidal or in a critical mental health crisis, and they routinely deploy with Tac-30 for planned warrants.

The team trains monthly and is available for callouts 24/7.