Doctor Hugh McGowan retired from the NYPD after 35 years of service. In his last 13 years with the department he was the Commanding Officer and Chief Negotiator of the Hostage Negotiation Team. During his tenure he personally responded to and coordinated negotiations at over 1,500 hostage, barricaded subject and suicide incidents.
“Talk To Me”: What It Takes To Be An NYPD Hostage Negotiator(08/18/14)
Crisis and hostage incidents are known for being stressful, unpredictable, tense, anxiety-filled, and emotionally driven. Add to this volatile concoction is that these incidents often can involve violence that has been threatened or having already occurred. Amidst these chaotic incidents New York City Police Department hostage negotiators emerge to provide the antidote to the ensuing turbulence.