Speed of deployment and precision execution is a must when handling these delicate and time sensitive situations. Understanding the threat, the client, and the political climate are all key elements in successfully bringing the kidnaped home.
The Initial Phase
The initial phase can be brief and violent because it only goes for the length of time of the attack that hostage-takers make to subdue their hostage(s). The initial phase ends with demands being made.
When this phase happens, it’s usually because law enforcement or a private mediator has arrived and they have acknowledged the demands. This phase can last days, hours, or even months and is often called “the standoff phase.” Nothing much changes about the physical description of the scene greatly because the hostages and hostage-taker are in the same place.
However, there are many things that happen during the negotiation phase in terms of emotional relationships that develop between everyone involved in the situation. This is when the negotiator comes in and tries to manipulate the relationships that are made in a way that makes the situation end peacefully.
The final stage is brief and can sometimes be violent. This phase has three possible end-results:
The fate of the hostages doesn’t always depend on how the final phase is completed.