CNT Team

Ithaca Police Department
Crisis Negotiation Team
2019 Year End Report


The application of Crisis Negotiation skills has consistently proven to be law enforcement's most risk effective method to achieve desired outcomes. The goal of the Ithaca Police Crisis Negotiation Team is to save lives and to resolve crisis incidents while attempting to avoid unnecessary risk to officers, citizens, victims, and subjects, through verbal communications and de-escalation. 

CNT Team Members

Sgt. Kevin Slattery
IPD Team Commander
Ofc. Dan Bechtold
IPD Team Leader
Deputy Matthew Skeval
TCSO Team Leader
Joanne Conway
TCSO Alternate Team Leader/ Clinician
Sgt. Pat Masters
TCSO Negotiator
Sgt. Loretta Tomberelli
IPD Negotiator
Inv. Justin Williams
IPD Negotiator
Ofc. Caprice VanAuken
IPD Negotiator
Ofc. Julian Byrd
IPD Negotiator
Ofc. Beverly VanCleef
CUPD Negotiator
Inv. Daniel Gonzalez
CUPD Negotiator
Ofc. Tim Camilli
CUPD Negotiator
Carl Kueffer
Negotiator/ Clinicial

2019 Call Outs

In 2019, the Ithaca Police Crisis Negotiations Team responded to 2 call outs. Both were for barricaded subjects that resulted in negotiated resolution.

Trainings Attended

In 2019 CNT had 12 team training days scheduled. CNT was able to conduct 11 of these trainings. The following training topics were covered during team trainings:
Motivational Interviewing
Arrival Procedures
2 Joint Scenarios SWAT/ K9
Equipment Familiarization
Intelligence procedures
Active Listening Skills
Case Studies
Situational Boards
New member Procedures
Policy review
CNT History
Callout Procedures
TC Jail familiarization
Inadequate Personalities
Suicide Prevention
CNT Team also received two certification trainings; ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), and Crisis Management Basic Hostage Negotiations Trainings.