Members of the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office and Orange County Corrections Department recently spent time with K9s For Warriors staff at its headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach to learn about crisis communications and hostage negotiations involving veterans with trauma.


The event’s goal was to “learn unique ways to build rapport and how negotiators may be able to better assist a veteran during a crisis incident,” according to a release from K9s For Warriors.


The Florida Association of Hostage Negotiators attendees included 22 members who listened to presentations given by K9s For Warriors staff who most closely work with veterans in crisis.


One of the attendees, St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Damian Threet, said of the program: “We were trying to get more education for law enforcement folks and negotiators when they’re dealing with the constant problems of our veterans in crisis. It was absolutely beneficial.”


FAHN members from as far as Pinellas and Pembroke Pines attended the training, which included seminars, a tour and interaction with service dogs.