Great Minds Great Ideas: The Origins and Basics of Hostage Negotiations

April 8, 2021 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Dr. Benjamin Baughman’s lecture examines the origins and basics of hostage negotiation (HN) in policing. The lecture will start with a cursory discussion of Dr. Harvey Schlossberg and Captain Frank Boltz’s initial contributions to this area of policing in the mid ‘70s. They are both credited with adding the first formal de-escalation option (hostage negotiating) to modern policing. In conjunction with the foundation of HN developed by Dr. Schlossberg and Capt. Boltz, Dr. Baughman will use his own experiences and education to highlight this approach to barricaded and hostage situations. Dr. Baughman retired from the Raleigh Police Department (RPD) and is an assistant professor in criminal justice and homeland security studies at Cazenovia College. He served as a hostage negotiator for the RPD and taught these concepts for over 20 years. His master’s thesis was in the area of hostage/ barricaded subjects.

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