2 IDOC crisis negotiators receive distinguished service award

Negotiators on stage with awards
By Lt. Greg Heun, Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino

This week, at the Western States Hostage Negotiators’ Association (WSHNA) seminar in Spokane, Washington, ISCI Officer Debbie Wilson and ISCI Sergeant Davina Lau were presented WSHNA’s Distinguished Service Award. 

Nominations for this award were open to law enforcement agencies and corrections’ departments from across the western half of the United States, Alaska, and Canada. 

Debbie and Davina were recognized for their excellent effort when an ISCI inmate barricaded himself in a classroom in March 2018.

Debbie and Davina worked as a team for approx. 6 hours negotiating with the inmate into giving up his weapon and surrendering. 

Criterion - WSHNA Distinguished Service Award

The WSHNA Distinguished Service Award is established to recognize an outstanding event of crisis negotiations. Regardless of the type of incident, i.e. suicide intervention, barricaded subject, or hostage taking, this award is meant to recognize a single event where the negotiator exemplified him/herself by utilizing negotiation skills to resolve an event. This award can be given to any negotiator who is recognized as such by their law enforcement or correction agency. While realizing that a successful negotiation is many times accomplished by a team effort, this award can be given to a team, as well as an individual. 

Story published: 04/09/2019
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