2023 IAHCN Conference

August 9-11, 2023

Registration cost: $200 / Person

IUPUI Tower Ballroom
911 W. North St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Many negotiators from around the state attend IAHCN trainings each year.  This is an opportunity to meet new people, network with other negotiators, develop contacts, but more importantly, improve your skill at defusing critical incidents safely.  On the job training is infrequent and usually not adequate at preparing you or your team for that call which might bring national headlines.  Join the many of us who have made a commitment to being ready to go when that call comes in!  You won’t regret the effort or time spent!

Schedule and speaker information for the 2023 conference is coming soon.


After a several year hiatus, the IAHCN raffle fundraiser will be taking place during the 2023 Conference. Agencies and teams attending the conference are encouraged to bring a gift basket for donation. Items will be on display throughout the conference with prizes distributed to the winners at noon on August 11. All proceeds will benefit IAHCN.

Conference Speakers

Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown

2023 Venue & Lodging

IUPUI Tower Ballroom
911 W. North Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott – Indianapolis Downtown is located a 15 minute walk across campus from the IUPUI Tower Ballroom, and is offering a group rate of $127/night. Reservations can be made at this link

August 10, 2022 6:45 am - 8:00 am


August 10, 2022 8:00 am - 8:15 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

August 10, 2022 8:15 am - 10:15 am

Oregon Militia Stand-off

This case study will provide situational overview of the 41 day stand-off which occurred at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Burns, Oregon from January 2 to February 11, 2016.  Included in the presentation is a discussion on the militia mindset, the impact of social media in negotiation strategy, a time line of events […]

Special Agent Mike Yansick
August 10, 2022 10:15 am - 10:20 am


August 10, 2022 10:20 am - 12:20 pm

Use of Mental Health Professional/Psychologists in Negotiations

Dr. Young’s two hour presentation will examine the use and roles of mental health professionals and psychological consultants within law enforcement and on crisis (hostage) negotiation teams. Practical examples and callout debriefings will be used as examples.

Dr. Andy Young
August 10, 2022 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch (Provided)

August 10, 2022 1:30 pm - 3:20 pm

Legal Considerations in Negotiations

Ben will discuss and review challenging courtroom and legal considerations for negotiators.

Detective Ben Wetzel
August 10, 2022 3:20 pm - 3:30 pm


August 10, 2022 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The Castle Hot Springs Incident

The Castle Hot Springs Incident is a debrief of an armed subject in crisis that placed a call to police about a dead person. The incident takes place in the unforgiving Arizona desert on a hillside with treacherous conditions. This incident required negotiations in some unconventional positions and presented communication challenges the team had not previously […]

Lieutenant Jeff Carrion
August 11, 2022 8:00 am - 8:10 am

Election Business

August 11, 2022 8:10 am - 9:10 am

Bushman’s Trucking Criminal Barricade

A domestic disturbance in a neighboring county leads to the suspect barricading in a diesel truck machine shop in our jurisdiction.  This incident highlights the need for information vetting, even if it comes from another Law Enforcement Agency.  In this particular case the vetting could have prevented $1.5 million in damages.  Watch the dramatic dash […]

Deputy Bradley Tatro
August 11, 2022 9:10 am - 9:20 am


August 11, 2022 9:20 am - 11:30 am

The Marathon County Incident - Mobile Active Shooter Turned Criminal Barricade

In this case study from 2017, you will see/hear dramatic CCTV and dash camera video, two officer involved shootings, and hear negotiations that have been transcribed for ease of listening.  This case study details difficulties with a 911 center not designed for negotiators, issues with a separated command at an active scene, as well as failure to […]

Deputy Bradley Tatro
Deputy Nou Kong
August 11, 2022 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch (Provided)

August 11, 2022 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Jumper Incident

Joe will present a two hour debrief involving a suicidal jumper on a bridge.  After several hours of patrol attempting to speak with the subject, the tactical negotiations unit was called in to assist.  Body cam footage of the incident is used to show the difference between patrol tactics and the negotiations unit.

Joe Campagna
August 11, 2022 2:30 pm - 2:40 pm


August 11, 2022 2:40 pm - 4:40 pm

7-Hour Hostage Barricade

A domestic incident involving children turns into a barricaded subject call. Officer Campagna interviews the suspect in prison and discusses the entire case with him. This interview is played throughout the debrief. Officer Campagna also uses 911 calls throughout this presentation.

Joe Campagna
August 12, 2022 8:00 am - 8:15 am

Election Business

August 12, 2022 8:15 am - 10:15 am

Effective Team Development

The purpose of this module is to develop team cohesion during crisis situations. Participants will develop a team mission, team goals, and personal goals within their specific job description.  Additionally, participants will learn how their overall perspective, demeanor, and motivation can impact the outcome of a critical incident.

Arvinder "Vinny" Ginda
August 12, 2022 10:15 am - 10:20 am


August 12, 2022 10:20 am - 12:20 pm

Managing Our Emotional State During a Crisis

This module is designed to provide an overview of how we perceive, interpret and internalize various levels of stress. Participants will be introduced to information about how long-term stress can impact daily life and how prolonged stress can lead to PTSD. Additionally, participants will learn five techniques to consider when developing an individualized emotional balance […]

Arvinder "Vinny" Ginda

*Scheduled session times are tentative and subject to change.