The Hostage Negotiation Team is currently staffed with 12 members. The purpose of the Hostage Negotiation Team is to deploy specially trained negotiators to situations where a subject is barricaded and may reasonably be expected to possess deadly weapons, present a danger to themselves or others, or where hostages are being held. The Hostage Negotiation Team works with the SWAT team to complete the overall mission.
Team members continually train on a monthly basis, and conduct training with the SWAT team. Hostage Negotiators are also required to attend and complete the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission basic Hostage Negotiations course, an Advanced Hostage Negotiators course, and attend the 40 hour Crisis Intervention Team certification course.