Negotiators work closely with the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) and Special Operations Response Team (SORT) to assist with resolving situations peacefully and without the use of force within the community and detention facility. Negotiators are trained to communicate with suicidal subjects, barricaded subjects, and persons involved in hostage situations to prevent the escalation of violence and potential injury to the subject or innocent bystanders.
The Mesa County Sheriff's Office currently utilizes five negotiators from various divisions within the agency. Team members must submit a letter of interest and are subject to a personnel file review and oral board before training can be granted. Once selected, team members are sent to a 40 hour basic negotiator course. Interdepartmental training continues with the SWAT and SORT Teams and external law enforcement agencies as well as advanced negotiator training. Negotiators are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.