The Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU) was originally formed as a support section of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit. The first negotiators cross-trained with members of the SWAT Unit until March of 2003 when the Crisis Negotiation Unit became a separate unit as this became the model for many units across the country. The Crisis Negotiation Unit often works together with the SWAT Unit to resolve many different types of conflict.
The New Hampshire State Police Crisis Negotiation Unit is used to diffuse potentially life-threatening situations through the use of proven verbal crisis management techniques. Unit members are geographically located throughout the state to allow for a quick response to situations no matter where they occur. The Crisis Negotiation Unit can be activated without having to activate the SWAT Unit and can be used to assist agencies in many types of crisis incidents where specialized training is needed.
Since its inception, the Crisis Negotiation Unit has responded to well over 100 calls for service that have ranged from hostage situations to subjects who are suicidal and barricaded. Several of those calls have resulted in national media coverage, to include the hostage taking at the Hillary Clinton Campaign Office in Rochester and the standoff and capture of a triple homicide suspect who was also the target of the state’s first AMBER alert in Gilsum. As a result of the success of the CNU, members have traveled and presented call reviews and training for numerous organizations across the country.