Illinois Crisis Negotiators Association

On behalf of all the members of the Illinois Crisis Negotiators Association (ICNA), I want to welcome you to our website. In June of 1999 our association was formed by a handful of law enforcement officers representing local, county, state, and federal agencies determined to encourage and provide education, interaction, and networking between Crisis Negotiators in the State of Illinois.

Over the past decade our association has grown to include over 450 members from law enforcement, correctional, mental health, and criminal justice professionals dedicated to the safe and successful resolution when responding to a variety of crisis incidents.

2016 ICNA Conference
Start Date
April 19, 2016
End Date
April 22, 2016
Chicago Marriott Naperville
$230.00 to $280.00
Registration Deadline
April 4, 2016

We are pleased to announce that we have already confirmed two excellent keynote speakers for the 2016 ICNA Crisis Negotiation Conference & Training Seminar!

Trooper Kevin Briggs of the California Highway Patrol (retired) and author of the book “Guardian of the Golden Gate,” will be speaking on a variety of real-life law enforcement encounters with subjects on the Golden Gate Bridge.

Kevin’s presentation will also provide valuable insight relating to the importance of exercising empathy during crisis communications, how “listening to understand” is a vital strategy to successful encounters with an individual that is contemplating suicide and more.

Brian Polansky author of “Communication Excellence,” presentation will emphasize and discuss topics including:

  • Strategic Verbal Interaction, Persuasive Skills and Diffusing Hostile Situations
  • Establishing Your Negotiation Goal
  • Enhancing Trust and Credibility
  • Asking the Appropriate Question
  • Responding to Impossible Demands
  • Verbal Plans for Voluntary Compliance
  • The Ethical Negotiator

Scenario Based Training will be conducted onsite at the Chicago Marriott Naperville on Tuesday, April 19th for an additional fee of $50.00/person.  Please remember that there are only a total of (50) Scenario Based Training spots available and they due fill up quickly. Therefore, individuals interested in participating in Scenario Based Training are encouraged to register as soon as possible. When registering, please be sure to indicate if you would prefer to participate in either the AM or PM Scenario Based Training Session.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Take advantage of our new “Early Registration Incentive” and save $50.00 by submitting your completed Conference Registration form on OR before March 20th, 2016!.

Click on the "REGISTRATION FORM" button below to download/access the 2016 ICNA Crisis Negotiation Conference & Training Seminar Registration Form.

NOTE: Additional Conference Speaker/Presentation Details & Itinerary will be uploaded as soon as they are available.


2015 Conference Wrap Up May 21, 2015

On behalf of the ICNA Board I want to thank all who participated in this years conference. We were thrilled with the turn out, participation, and input we received from so many. Work on the 2016 conference is already underway and I can't express enough how important your ideas ... read more

Scenario Schedule April 15, 2015

For those participating in the 2015 Scenario Training on Tuesday, April 21st, the schedule is as follows:

Morning session
Orientation - 8:00 am (when you get off of the elevators go can't miss us)
Practical exercises - 8:30 am - 12:00 noon

Afternoon session
Orientati ... read more

Scenario Training Closed March 30, 2015

The scenario training for the 2015 Conference is now full. If you have submitted a registration over the last week that included the training please read your invoice closely to see whether or not you are signed up. We apologize for any inconvenience but we received a large amo ... read more

2015 ICNA Conference Itinerary February 28, 2015

All presentations and events have been finalized for the 2015 Conference! We are excited by the line-up and believe the education and training received will be second to none.

Feel free to download and print the attached itinerary.

Hope to see you soon! ... read more

2015 Feature Presentation September 25, 2014

We have been in converstation with Dr. Kevin Reeder from the VA Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas regarding a presentation he gives on PTSD. Dr. Reeder is well known for the work that he does with veterans and those suffering with PTSD and we are very excited to have him come an ... read more

2015 ICNA Conference August 27, 2014

The dates and location are set for the 2015 Conference and we have never been more excited to work with a group as we are the staff at the Chicago Marriott Naperville. The staff is already working to adjust certain elements to help make your experience better. I know those who ... read more

Board Positions Available July 26, 2014

We are currently seeking individuals who would be interested in getting involved with ICNA in some capacity. We have openings for both "Associate Members" and regular "Board Members" and would love to hear from you if you have a desire to serve.

We have a very strong, fun gro ... read more

Question & Answer section February 8, 2012

ICNA has a new feature on this site that allows members the opportunity to post questions for other members to view and respond to.

The ICNA board also uses this section to post questions for feedback that will help make future conferences more successful.

Check out the "Qu ... read more

Online Version of the Hostage Barricade Database System (HOBAS) January 21, 2012

By SSA John Flood, Crisis Negotiation Unit
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Fellow Negotiators,

The online version of the Hostage Barricade Database System (HOBAS) is now available online. You can access it via the Law Enforcement Negotiation Support (LENS ... read more


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