Author | Theodore B. Feldmann, MD


The Role of Mental Health Consultants on Hostage Negotiation Teams

December 01, 2004

Hostage and barricade situations occur frequently in law enforcement practice. Commonly, police deal with hostage/barricade subjects whose motivation is influenced by psychiatric illness, substance abuse or extreme emotional states. It has been argued that mentally ill people comprise 50% of all hostage/barricade subjects. How can psychiatrists assist in defusing these intense situations?