EMERGENCIES 1-888-310-1122

Integrated ERT/Hostage & Crisis Negotiators

Police organizations are continually changing and looking for better ways to provide quality and economic service to the communities they serve. Unfortunately, due to budget and resources considerations, the Treaty Three Police Service ended their successful Emergency Response Team participation with the Ontario Provincial Police March 1, 2016. Constable Terry Allan, Constable Don Copenace and Constable James Broughton’s participation in the Ontario Provincial Police (Emergency Response Team) is commendable and they have served and represented the Treaty Three Police Service in an exemplary fashion since their appointment in April 2009. Positional Tenure and the idea of moving and developing employees is a well-established business practice both corporately and operationally in the policing world. As much as this door is closing in this specific policing profession, others will be open for opportunities therefore accounting for a significant amount of variance in job satisfaction as their career grows.

The Board and Staff of the Treaty Three Police Service wish to personally thank those officers who have dedicated service to the Integrated OPP ERT Program. We are very proud of their career accomplishments the Treaty Three Police Service will continue to lean on the experience gained from this successful partnership with the OPP as we move forward.

The Treaty Three Police Service currently has one experienced Negotiator who continues to be an intricate part of the Ontario Provincial Police integrated Crisis/Hostage Negotiators Team. The Negotiators work as part of an integrated response to Crisis / Hostage situations along with Incident Commanders, Tactical Units and Criminal Investigators.

The primary functions of the Crisis / Hostage Negotiators are to: protect the lives of hostages and victims, protect the lives of the public, protect the lives of the perpetrator and protect the lives of the Police Officers involved. Using active listening skills and honed communication skills, matched with proven negotiation strategies and tactics, the Crisis / Hostage Negotiators build rapport with the subject and attempt to influence change in their behaviour to facilitate a peaceful resolution.