This course is designed for executives, high profile staff members, and personnel who are responsible for implementing a strategic, measured, and cohesive strategy to reduce the potential of kidnapping or extortion. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how to reduce risks and to be aware of the best actions to take in the event of a kidnapping or extortion attempt.

The Kidnapping & Extortion Training program includes instruction on the following issues and more:

  • Kidnapping Overview and Forms of Hostage Taking
    • Kidnapping
    • Hostage barricade
    • Hijacking
  • Kidnap Risk Assessment
    • Individual threat assessment
    • Locations of facilities and travel patterns
    • Identity of corporation, nature of activity, degree of prominence
    • Number and deployment of employees: ex-patriots or locals, offices, and residences
  • Response to Kidnapping: Domestic vs. Overseas
    • Frequency
    • Duration
    • Negotiation
    • Law Enforcement
    • Mortality rate
  • Phases of Kidnapping
    • Capture
    • Transport (Consolidation)
    • Holding
  • Reasons for Kidnapping
    • Ransom
    • Robbery
    • Political demands
    • Political murder or assault
    • Business disputes
    • Personal retribution
  • What Can Be Done?
    • Pre-incident: deter and prepare
    • Incident Response: gain control and recover victim
    • Post-Incident: evaluate and review plan
  • Incident Response
    • Coordinate with crisis management team
    • Negotiation strategy
    • Ransom delivery and hostage recovery
    • Relations with authorities
  • Incident Response Goals
    • Securing safe release of victim
    • Supporting victims family
    • Reducing management disruption
    • Reducing impact on victim, family, and company
  • Role of Negotiator
    • Selecting a negotiator
    • Defining a strategy
    • Establishing and maintaining communications with kidnappers
  • Role of Outside Security Consultants
    • Due diligence in support of negotiations
    • Special operations
    • Law enforcement liaison