Lake County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Peyton C. Grinnell

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
In 1989 the Crisis Negotiation Team was established to defuse and resolve life threatening situations through the use of communication. Nationally, approximately 84% of the situations are solved by negotiators and communication. Within Lake County the percentage is higher.

TRAINING:
The members of this select team are highly trained in communication and listening skills. Their equipment ranges from a specially designed mobile communications vehicle to a simple telephone. Negotiators train equally in all positions within the "team concept". A Commander, along with 2 Team Leaders, 8 members and numerous support staff make up the Lake County Sheriff's Office team. Members train regularly and that training is usually scenario based.

INTER-AGENCY:
Often training is coordinated with other agencies to ensure versatility and updated techniques. Several team members belong to the Florida Association of Hostage Negotiators, with 2 being founding members.