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Crisis Negotiation Competition & Seminar

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Texas State University


The School of Criminal Justice and Criminology


 The 31st Annual Competition & Seminar for Crisis Negotiations

January 12-13, 2021

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The 31st Annual Crisis Negotiation Competition & Seminar will be held January 12-13, 2021. This competition is one of the longest running negotiator training venues in the country and one of the larger ones held each year.

Seminars provide advanced and basic training for hostage/crisis negotiators and personnel involved with critical incident situations and may include police, correctional officers and jailers, tactical/special operations team members, other crisis response personnel, administrators and managers. The training seminars are hosted by Texas State University’s School of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Hays County Sheriff’s Office, and the San Marcos Police Department. All training seminars offer TCOLE credit and comply with the 40 hour requirement.

Registration run from 8:00 to 9:30 am on Tuesday, January 12th. All seminars will be offered on Tuesday, January 12th. TCOLE credit will be awarded for attendance.

Classes and competition will be held at the Hines Academic Center at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX (barring any calamitous or unpredictable circumstances).The cost of registration is $65.00 per person. The cost covers both days of training and the awards banquet on Wednesday evening, January 13, 2021. Registration may be paid by check (made out to the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Texas State University) or credit card (online checkout here) or in person at the event. Invoices can be provided on request.

Only negotiation teams can register, and must contact Dr. Mullins in advance first. Individuals not on a participating team cannot register. There will be no on-site registration allowed.

The competition/seminar serves several valuable functions:

  1. Teams “work” a standardized scenario and are assessed by outside evaluators who are themselves trained and experienced negotiators. These evaluators provide feedback the team can use to improve their skills.
  2. The evaluations are standardized, written and given to the team at the end of the training. These evaluations cover all aspects of team performance and communication issues.
  3. Negotiators get the opportunity to meet and interact with negotiators from other agencies and network, helping your team expand its knowledge base and see how other agencies operate.

Classroom Picture

Our goal is to provide realistic training in which the scenarios are experientially based. When working a mock hostage situation that is presented, a team's performance is evaluated by trained and experienced negotiators, which provides an opportunity to learn how other teams handle certain situations. The Hostage Negotiation Competition & Seminar is supplemental to any training hostage teams have previously received.

Hays County Crisis Negotiations  Bad Guy Central 

Hays County Negotiations Team                              'Bad Guy Central'


Practice makes perfect! A motto that has proven to be true time and time again. Given the nature of the situations handled by negotiators, finding ways to practice can be difficult and limited to classroom brainstorms, lectures, and a read of the latest journals. The crisis' simulated for this conference, allows negotiators to actually train for specific instances. With the 'captors' kept private, negotiation teams are forced to utilize their skills as they would in the real world, making the training experience unique and quite beneficial.

Directed By:

Dr. Wayman Mullins

Diplomate of Police Psychology

For questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Wayman Mullins at: