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Staff attending the competition are Sgt. Cindy Hawkins, Lt. Bill Bridgwater, Cpl. Josh Vanbebber and Cpl. David Ballard. This is the first time the unit has attended the competition.
The Competition includes training seminars on Tuesday hosted by the Department of Criminal Justice, Texas State University, Hays County Sheriff’s Office and the San Marcos Police Department. The Crisis Negotiation Competition will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, concluding with a banquet on Thursday announcing the winners of the competition.
“Any opportunities for our team to receive more training in negotiations and practice those skills in a life-like scenario is very beneficial,” says Police Chief Ken Coughlin. “We are proud of our staff and excited for them to represent Plainview in the competition.”
The City of Plainview Police Department Crisis Negotiator’s Response Unit consist of individuals who negotiate with a person or group of people actively involved in a criminal, domestic or mental health incident. They work as part of a team and have undergone special training to defuse potentially dangerous situations.
(Pictured: Sgt. Cindy Hawkins, Lt. Bill Bridgwater, Cpl. David Ballard and Cpl. Josh Vanbebber)