Special Agents from U.S. Marine Corps Criminal Investigations Division (USMC C.I.D.) receive help and training from retired agent in hostage/crisis negotiation
Oceanside CA- (Camp Pendleton) On Friday, September 19, 2014 Special Agents assigned to U.S. Marine Corps USMC C.I.D. office at the nearby Marine Base Camp Pendleton, Ca. received training in Hostage/Crisis Negotiation.
Hostage/Crisis Negotiation is collateral duty, a role outside the officers typical duty, for these elite federal agents who must maintain proficiency in the art of communication and dealing with various crisis on the base as they may arise.
C.I.D. Chief Agent Trevor Hansen from the Camp Pendleton USMC C.I.D. office invited Matt Lyons, an Oceanside Police officer and a 22-year retired Marine and USMC C.I.D. Agent, to spend the day assisting in the mock training scenarios. Lyons volunteered his time and years of experience mentoring the new agents in their negotiation skills and dealing with person in a crisis.
The C.I.D. Agents must hone their skills through practical application, which includes coordination of resources needed at a critical incident scene, developing background intelligence about the troubled suspect, and eventually developing a rapport and attempting to defuse a tense situation.
USMC C.I.D. Agents/Negotiators are trained to develop strategies and work through highly volatile incidents. They typically work in teams to provide the safe removal of the barricaded subject from the situation without compromising the safety of other law enforcement members on scene and the general public at large.
As a team effort, the USMC C.I.D. Negotiators and members from the Special Reaction Team (SRT) train and work together to successfully resolve high-risk missions that require a well-planned and safe response aboard the base, when faced with potential threats and persons in crisis.
As federal law enforcement agency, the United States Marine Corps Criminal Investigation Division (USMC C.I.D.) investigates crimes against persons and property within the United States Marine Corps. USMC C.I.D. Agent candidates must be currently serving as an enlisted active duty Marine between the grades of E-5 through E-9 or WO1 to CWO5.
Civilian USMC C.I.D. Agents must be employed in the government schedule (GS) 1811 series as a criminal investigator. All C.I.D. Agents must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance. Both Marine and civilian agents must meet Marine Corps physical fitness standards. Prospective USMC C.I.D. Agents are sent to the U.S. Army Military Police Schools (USAMPS) to attend the U.S. Army C.I.D. Special Agent Course (CIDSAC) at Fort Leonard Wood, MO (Certified thru FLETA), and must complete six months on-the-job training. Civilian C.I.D. Agents either attend CIDSAC, or the Criminal Investigative Training Program (CITP) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) at Glynco, GA. USMC C.I.D. Agents may later return to USAMPS or FLETC to attend advanced or specialized training.