September 8th, 9th & 10th, 2021 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton


Wednesday, September 8


  • 7:00am to 8:30am - Registration / Continental Breakfast (Provided)

  • 8:30am to 9:00am - Opening Ceremonies                

  • 9:00am to 9:15am - Break

  • 9:15am to 11:15am - Detective Dan Oblinger - Wichita Police Department - Case Study -Gang Member / Hostage Standoff​​

  • 11:15am to 12:15pm - Lunch (Provided)

  • 12:15pm to 2:15pm -  Courtroom Testimony for Negotiators - Jan Dubina (Retired)        Ben Wetzel Phoenix Police

  • 2:15pm to 2:30pm - Break

  • 2:30pm to 4:30pm - Phones, Drones and Technology in Negotiations - 

Ranger, John Vance, Texas Department of Public Safety

Thursday, September 9


  • 7:00am to 8:00am - Continental Breakfast (Provided)

  • 8:00am to 10:00am - Kidnapping Case Study - Detectives Mike Shute & Stu Cole,

Calgary Police 

  • 10:00am to 10:15am - Break

  • 10:15am to 12:15pm - Operational Stress, Dr. Shannon Meyer

  • 12:15pm to 1:15pm - Lunch (Provided)

  • 1:15pm to 4:00pm - Champaign County Illinois Metro SWAT Case Study - Days Inn Standoff            


Friday, September 10


  • 7:00am to 8:00am - Breakfast (Provided)

  • 8:00am to 10:00am - Case Study - "Lost in Translation" Spanish Negotiation with Shooter - Detective Erik Guzman - Wichita Police

  • 10:00am to 10:15am - Break

  • 10:15am to 12:15pm - Case Study - San Jose , California - UPS Driver Taken Hostage

Sergeant Lee Hickenbotham, Santa Clara Sheriff's Office & Officer Michael Porter, San Jose Police Department


  • 12:15pm  -  Grand Prize Raffle Drawing



Hilton Columbus at Easton

3900 Chagrin Dr, Columbus, OH 43219

(614) 414-5000

Developed in 2000, the prestigious 345-key Hilton Columbus at Easton is a 7-story, AAA 4-diamond luxury hotel and 39,000 SF conference center located ten minutes from downtown Columbus, The Ohio State University and busy John Glenn International Airport (CMH). As one of Central Ohio’s leading hotels which boasts a reputation for top quality service, accommodations, fine dining, wedding and event management, the Hilton Columbus at Easton is a favored hotel among business and leisure travelers, discerning locals and groups alike. (Text Source: https://www.hiltoncolumbus.com / Image Source: https://www.tripadvisor.com)


Columbus Police Negotiator Team Leaders

Sergeant Rich Weiner
Team Leader
Officer Deann Trionfante
Asst. Team Leader
Detective Terry Kelley
Asst. Team Leader



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Midwest Crisis Negotiators

P.O. Box 16011

Columbus, OH 43216-6011

Sgt. Rich Weiner - Team Leader

Tel: 614-679-6092