The ultimate goal of the RPS Crisis Negotiation Team is to help those in crisis to achieve a peaceful resolution. This is achieved through the use of verbal communication and negotiation. The Crisis Negotiation Team operates as a mobile unit and has the ability to perform their duties in many different settings.
The team uses specialized equipment to assist them with negotiations in many different high risk situations. Negotiators are trained to manage these high risk incidents involving; persons who take hostages, armed and barricaded subjects, high risk suicide attempts, and high risk warrants. Members of the Crisis Negotiation Team work closely with Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) and Canine to collectively resolve incidents.
The Regina Police Service CNT team was established in 1986. The first member was trained in Ottawa with the goal to better train our members to assist in preserving human life with the least amount of force. The Crisis Negotiation Tem is now made up of nine officers, who are required to attend the Ottawa Police College for certification in Crisis Negotiations. Members have additional training which includes Suicide Intervention and Mediation Training. The team trains on a regular basis, simulating real life scenarios which are an integral part of honing and specializing skills.