Derek Gaunt

Derek Gaunt
Derek Gaunt is a seasoned negotiator and leader. With 23 years of experience, Derek has commanded and trained police department hostage negotiation teams. Derek handles for law enforcement, military and security training.
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There Is No Suspicious Movement

I am big fan of the case study. Recent or distant case studies offer us an opportunity to understand interesting and exceedingly difficult jobs that helped shape the discipline. These studies allow us to learn from what went wrong and what went right. “Operation Nimrod” is a case study of the latter. The case is now 34 years old but still shines as an example of the success realized when both...

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Implementation—A “Yes” Without a “How” Can Be Dangerous

To me, one of the more important things in life is sleep. For me, it ranks up there with some of life’s greatest pleasures, so I go to the sleep bank frequently to make withdrawals. This was the case a few weeks ago when a phone call raised me out of the delicate embrace of the REM stage. It was my eldest daughter.

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Sticking to your Training Avoids Dumb Mistakes

Continuing last month’s theme of sticking to you training, I remind you of a critical factor in hostage/barricade management.

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Do You Like Me?

 

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It Is Not A Game

In 2005, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the FBI’s National Crisis Negotiations Course (NCNC) at Quantico. When the course is offered, the Bureau extends such invitations to local negotiators to share real-world experiences and to act as mentors to field agents embarking on their careers as negotiators.

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Negotiators and Operators: One Team – One Goal

There was a time when you could ask a tactical operator what his impression of a negotiator was and he would reply with names like, Mouth Marines, Tree Huggers or the Kumbaya Crowd adding, with a certain amount of disdain, “all they want to do is talk”. If you were to ask a negotiator the same question, you could hear things like Knuckle Dragger, Gorilla or just plain dumb; all they want to do is...

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