Crisis Negotiation Unit


The Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU) is an interagency team comprised of members from the Sheriff's Office, officers from the Beaverton, Hillsboro and Tigard police departments, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). 


Formed in 1981, our primary goal is to create peaceful resolutions to often extremely volatile situations. Typical calls may involve a person barricaded in a building to avoid arrest, someone threatening harm to themselves or others, hostage situations, or a wide variety of other crisis events that threaten the safety of the community. When deployed to these calls, negotiators often use their expert skills in tandem with the Tactical Negotiations Team


Our crisis negotiators work to establish ongoing dialog and rapport with the person or persons involved in the incident. Team members gather information on those involved, interview witnesses, compile psychological profiles, develop threat assessments, and analyze intelligence information. We also rely on mental health consultants who deploy with the team and consult with a certified Psychologist. 


All our team members receive specialized training from the FBI and Western States Hostage Negotiators Association. We also attend monthly training events to maintain proficiency in the best practices of this field. CNU members provide crisis negotiation training to other first responders. By sharing our expertise, other law enforcement officers gain perspective to manage crisis incidents more consistently and effectively while on patrol.


  • Media Release | May 4, 2022: Crisis Negotitation Unit Takes Top Award at Regional Conference