The Portland Maine Police Department's Crisis Negotiators Team (CNT) was established as a two-person unit in 1986. In the early 1990s it was expanded to its current size of eight members, including one commander and seven team members.
All positions are part-time positions. Members' full time assignments range from patrol, detective, evidence technician, senior lead officers, and patrol sergeant and lieutenant. Collectively, the team has over 60 years training and experience in crisis negotiations.
The CNT trains every month with a typical training day consisting of presentations / discussions on current topics, role plays, and equipment familiarization. Once a year, the team conducts joint role play training with the Special Reaction Team and Hazardous Devices Unit.
On average, the CNT is activated four to five times a year. Throughout the years, CNT members have responded to call outs involving suicidal individuals, domestic crises, high risk search warrants, and barricaded suspects. To date, all incidents have been successfully resolved without further injury to the citizen or officers.