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I would like to start by thanking you, the members of the Florida Association of Hostage Negotiators (FAHN), for making this one of the best associations in the United States.  Our members strive to be the best in this specialized field of law enforcement dealing with distress and mental health crisis.  As an association, we will continue to provide our members with the best source of networking and training throughout the State of Florida.


In 2008, I became a member of this association and was elected Region 7 training director.  Serving as Ambassador at Large and then Vice President, I have seen many changes in this great association.  At the 2018 conference, I was given the honor of becoming FAHN President.  Because of the dedication of the previous leadership over the last two decades, we have grown from a tiny group of negotiators to an incredibly strong association.  We are gaining momentum in many ways and I intend to ensure we continue in a positive direction.  With our membership reaching over 1000 members, I am excited about the opportunity to attract even more members and to make FAHN the model association others look to emulate.


As we move into the future, the entire FAHN Board is committed to enhancing our organization by continuing to sponsor and bring excellent training opportunities to you.  I intend to streamline the efficiency and effectiveness of our association by taking advantage of new and innovative technology. We will further enhance our web-based membership database and expand our social media presence.  We also plan to increase training availability in each region to a minimum of two sessions per year.  Please check our website often for new training opportunities in your area.


Mark your calendars now for the 2020 conference. It will be held June 8-12, 2020, at the Plaza Resort and Spa in beautiful Daytona Beach, Florida.  During our conference, we will provide case studies and innovative mental health training for our members.  Information can be found on the "conference" page of this website and on our Facebook page: .  As the conference approaches, we will update both pages.


For those of you visiting our website from outside the State of Florida, your point of contact is Amanda Newton, FAHN Ambassador at Large.  For those of you from within the State, view our FAHN Regional Directors page and locate your director.


I am honored to serve as your President.  Please contact me anytime if there is anything I can do for you (  If your Regional Director is unavailable, I will arrange to facilitate training in your area.  We are always looking for new training ideas that we can bring to members throughout the State of Florida.  Take care and stay safe!



D/S Luis R. Pratts-Martinez
Highlands County S.O.

Deputy Farnell Cole
Alachua County SO
(352) 955-1835

Lt. John "Butch" Jones
Alachua County SO (Ret)
(352) 374-3654

Sgt. Terry Converse
Gainesville PD (Ret)

Chief Chris Summers
Leon County SO
(850) 251-3407 

Major Brent Coughlin (Ret)
Leon County SO

Jim McDonald
Department of Corrections

Asst. Chief Mary Olsen
Delray Beach PD 
(561) 243-7859

Allan O'Keefe
Hillsborough County SO (Ret)

Capt. Lorenzo Waiters
(Ret. Manatee County SO)
Palmetto PD
(941) 723-2000 x6103


Sgt. Brian Shorette

Escambia County SO

(850) 436-9630



Capt. Adam Goodner

St. Lucie SO

 (772) 370-2676  


Florida Association of Hostage Negotiators

P.O.BOX 781861


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