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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives



Contacts: Sheree Mixell


For Immediate Release

April 19, 2005




NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Director Carl J. Truscott delivered an address today at the National Tactical Officers Association Fifth Annual Crisis Negotiations Conference in Nashville.

The importance of using words effectively in negotiation and information sharing was the theme of the speech. “We at ATF recognize that a negotiator can be the key to successfully concluding a critical incident,” Truscott said.

“ATF has made an effort to seek out the expertise of others, and then to share this expertise with the negotiator community,” he added. “Over time, the words exchanged, and the experiences shared build strong partnerships. And through these partnerships, we succeed -- together.”

Truscott stressed the importance of partnerships, including those between state and local agencies. “We know that state and local cooperation is crucial to achieving the best result, and we’re committed to working successfully with other agencies,” he added.

“This is a great opportunity for state, local and federal crisis negotiators to share experiences and learn from each other,” said Jan Dubina, NTOA Crisis Negotiations Section Chair. “Conferences such as these are an invaluable asset to all participants. We’re very appreciative that Director Truscott could come today. It attests to his understanding of the importance of this type of training.”

“The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD) has always had a close working relationship with ATF at the local level,” said Lt. Rich Foley, field commander for the MNPD Crisis Negotiation Unit. “We’re excited to see the increased cooperation expressed today by Director Truscott, reassuring that commitment. We’re also pleased that we can open our city to the conference, and both meet and learn from the experiences of those participating in this event.”

ATF is co-hosting the annual conference with the NTOA and MNPD. The event is a culmination of ATF’s commitment to working with its state and local partners toward effective response to high-risk situations.

Approximately 200 Federal, state and local negotiators from around the country are participating in the three-day conference.