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Washington County crisis negotiating team nets top honors

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The team includes members from the Tigard Police Department, among others.

PHOTO COURTESY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY - The crisis negiotiation team pulled in big honors. The Washington County Crisis Negotiation Unit was awarded first-place at the Pacific Northwest Crisis Negotiation Competition. This is the third consecutive year the team has taken first place.

The May 7 Pacific Northwest Crisis Negotiation Competition is organized by the Western States Hostage Negotiators' Association. Eleven negotiation teams from five states competed in a full-day scenario in which aspects of crisis negotiation are utilized and tested.

The Crisis Negotiation Unit tied for first-place in both the 2015 and 2016 competitions. The unit, formed in 1981, is an interagency team with the primary goal to create peaceful resolutions to volatile situations. The team is comprised of members from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Beaverton Police Department, Hillsboro Police Department, Tigard Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, mental health consultants and a certified psychologist.

The Western States Hostage Negotiators' Association was founded in 1986 and represents enforcement and corrections crisis negotiators from seven states and British Columbia.