THIBODAUX, La. (BRPROUD) – Deputies with the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday (August 16) joined a slew of Louisiana law enforcement personnel from various parishes for a day of training at Nicholls State University.

The training was all about Crisis Negotiation, which is used in high-tension situations to communicate with individuals who are threatening violence to themselves or others, barricaded in a building, or holding someone hostage.

The training aimed to teach local law enforcement how to tap into communication skills that can help to deescalate tense situations so as to bring them to a peaceful conclusion.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, “To enhance cooperation, crisis negotiators and tactical police officers should train together on a regular basis. Such training should focus on hostage taking, barricade situations, and suicide attempts and on the crisis negotiation process itself.”

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The other agencies involved in the special day of training included Louisiana State Police, Nicholls State University Police Department, Thibodaux Police Department, and the Morgan City Police Department.