The Crisis Negotiation Team is designed to assist Field Operations in the event of barricaded suspects, hostage situations, suicide attempts and other situations that could enhance the ability to preserve life, maintain social order and ensure the protection of property. Negotiations are designed to slow down the situation, reduce anxiety levels, reduce the threat level, and lead to more rational behavior. The designed function of the team is to persuade hostage takers and other individuals to surrender peacefully to the police.
The Town of Cary Police Department’s Crisis Negotiation Team consists of team members who are assigned other full-time duties but also serve on the Crisis Negotiation Team on a part -time basis. The team is composed of 10 team members, two team leaders, an assistant team commander and a team commander. The team is the only operational team within the Town of Cary Police Department that is composed of sworn and civilian staff.
CNT members are pictured standing before the old smokehouse on Town Hall Campus. When the Page-Walker Hotel operated as a railroad hotel in the mid 1800s this was a functional smokehouse used to provide food for hotel guests. The Page-Walker Hotel was completely restored in the 1990s and now serves as the Page-Walker Arts and History Center.