Monday, July 19, 2010

Mumbai, India Lessons Learned Aid LAPD to Improve Response to Hostage Situations

William Bratton, head of the LAPD, recently addressed the Aspen Security Forum in June 2010.  His topic was how the LAPD reorganized to face threats similar to the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India.  He stated that police will try to negotiate their way through a hostage situation but, based on the Mumbai event- and others around the world, that may not always be possible. 
"The LAPD also changed its entire strategy related to a hostage-taking incident conducted by terrorists in the future. Bratton said he concluded that terrorists are not interested in negotiating for the release of the hostages, but would try to gain as much media attention as possible, and would eventually kill their hostages."
Read the rest of the article in "Bratton says Mumbai attack revolutionized the LAPD", Government Security News, June 29, 2010.

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