In the event a critical incident requires the need for focused communications and negotiation, the Goochland County Sheriff's Office selects and trains several sworn personnel to respond effectively to any hostage or barricade scenario.
Team members have successfully completed in-house training, regional and national courses and seminars.
The members also instruct their peers on topics such as active listening and managing suicidal subjects.
The Negotiation Team, lead by Lt. Pleasants, consists of 4 sworn officers, who are supported by representatives of the Goochland County Mental Health and Social Services.
The Hostage Negotiation Team works and trains in conjunction with the Rescue Team in safely resolving critical incidents. Both units working together have been highly effective. This team maintains an assortment of state of the art communication equipment and a mobile communication trailer to conduct their tasks.