Psychology for Law Enforcement Unit 7 Assignment 3

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Unit 7: Assignment 3 CJ325: Psychology for Law Enforcement Kaplan University December 6, 2015 Dynamics of a Hostage/Crisis Situation I am a police psychologist in a major metropolitan area, and a member of this area’s hostage negotiation team. The scenario I am about to analyze is occurring in a residential neighborhood at 3:15pm, near a middle school and library. A 42-year-old male has just murdered his next-door neighbor, and has his wife, son, and a family friend held up inside his house. He is currently threatening to kill those inside the house if his demands of immunity from the murder charge, fast food, and a case of beer are not met. This incident is going to be utilized to map out and analyze the dynamics of hostage/crisis situations. In every situation involving hostages, the situation should be attempted to be resolved with no injury to hostages, bystanders, police officials, or the hostage-taker. The use of excessive force should only be utilized when there is no other form of resolve, and all other efforts have been exhausted. In the incident above a 42-year-old man has already been said to have murdered his neighbor, which puts reasonable suspicion in the mind that he will be capable of killing again. Also, the area in which the incident is taking place is within close proximity to a middle school and public library, which places any individual within the vicinity in danger. These are elements that make the classification of this situation high. This means that the situation at hand must be handled with care to ensure the safety and health of any and all individuals involved. This situation would be classified as a barricade situation. These situations are the most common incidents that CRT’s respond to because they account for 70% of incidents in the Hostage Barricade Database System. Barricade subjects are those that are at high-risk for

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