SIEGE: Police prepared to wait days for a peaceful outcome

THE DALLEY Street siege could go on for hours more if not days.

A former police hostage negotiator who spoke to the ABC's 7.30 following the Lindt Café siege in December 2014 said police were willing to negotiate for "days if necessary" to ensure a peaceful outcome in any armed siege situation.

Belinda Neil told 7.30 that the established strategy was to "contain and negotiate" in a bid to find a peaceful resolution where no one was harmed, including the individual involved.

Negotiation with man in a house in Dalley Street
Negotiation with man in a house in Dalley Street

"Obviously if that happens fantastic. But the reality is negotiators go in prepared to be there for hours, days if necessary."

Ms Neil said the negotiators firstly aimed to find out exactly what the person in the siege wanted or what their issues were.

"The first part of the negotiation is more about building a rapport and working out what's going on," she said.

"The next part of the negotiation, which can be again hours later, will be more about what are the options, let's look at the issues let's try and start resolving things, let's put things up and let's talk about it.

"And then the final session of the negotiation is really more about the decision making and what solutions we've got and what he's prepared to accept.

Ms Neil said it was "very stressful" for police negotiators and "your adrenaline is pumping".

"So you are totally focused, the adrenaline is keeping you going, so it's not till you actually... the situation stops where then you start to come down.

"And again, everybody is different in the way they will deal with that situation. Some will be able to normalise it and go back to work hand they will be fine. Others may have issues later on."
 



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