To better address certain critical events affecting our citizens, the Rowlett Police Department created a Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) in early 1998. Our team is comprised of department members serving full-time in other police divisions. All team members are certified to perform the duties of hostage negotiation and attend advanced training schools annually. All are members of the Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators.
The service goal of our CNT is to assist with a peaceful resolution of issues involving potentially violent encounters. Members respond to critical incidents such as:
The CNT also responds to any other situation in which the introduction of a negotiator could lead to the resolution of an incident without force.
Since both CNT and the SWAT Team's goals - the successful resolution of a crisis situation by peaceful means - are closely intertwined, the two units often train together.
Officer Domingo Gallardo of the Patrol Division is the Officer In Charge of the Crisis Negotiation Team and may be reached by email or 972-412-6149.