chapter  46
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Hostage Taking

WithDavid A. Alexander

In this chapter perpetrator will be used to refer to those who take hostages, and stronghold will be used to describe the environment/place in which the hostage is being held. Where there is no known or permanent stronghold, this creates a problem for the authorities in relation to both communication and containment. Containment refers to a standard police procedure of securing the stronghold to protect the public (particularly when there are armed perpetrators) and to ensure that the incident is confined to a specific site. Negotiator refers (unless otherwise specified) to specially trained police officers in the United Kingdom.