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Hostage negotiators hold training conference in Mooresville

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MOORESVILLE, NC (WBTV) -

In situations such as the Boston Bombings,  police often have to call in crisis negotiators to help defuse the emergency.

On Tuesday, 100 negotiators gathered in Mooresville to train for those types of events.

They hope for the best, but train for the worst - terrorist attacks, hostage situations, crisis negotiations.

These men and women are training for each potential scenario.

"We have the training that gets us through those stressful moments, you do that as a team," said Sgt. Mike Grier of the Kannapolis Police Department.

The conference includes more than 100 law enforcement officers from 18 North Carolina agencies. A training video played during the conference shows how even the tiniest of bombs can fit inside an ink pen. The results can be catastrophic. Response training is key.

"Our goal is to eliminate the threat, eliminate the situation without harm to anyone," said Capt. Rick Eades of the Iredell County Sheriff's office.

It was a hostage negotiator who got Boston Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to surrender last Friday. Officers used flash bangs to stun him, thermal imaging to see him and a robot to pull the tarp off of the boat he was hiding in. Their training allowed them to capture him alive. Sgt. Rick Eades says there's a learning lesson in every situation.

"We do take notice of what can we do different, how can we reduce the chances of anyone getting hurt," said Sgt. Eades.

The training will last through Wednesday afternoon.

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