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Hostage Negotiation Team

The Placer County Sheriff’s Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) is a specially trained unit of highly skilled crisis/hostage negotiators. The goal of HNT is to resolve the crisis or hostage situation through a combined application of tactics and negotiations that will result in a peaceful resolution, with all hostages rescued safely, all law enforcement personnel uninjured and all suspects safely in custody.
The team is made up of six deputies and sergeants who work closely with our Special Enforcement Team in high stress and crisis situations. These situations can include service of high-risk search warrants, hostage situations and barricaded suspect incidents. The HNT also deals with people who may be in personal crisis and be suicidal.
There is also a separate team assigned to the Lake Tahoe substation. They work in concert with the North Lake Tahoe Special Enforcement Team.