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PRESIDENT

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 approaching 900 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 2019 conference. It will be held June 10-14, 2019, 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:  https://www.facebook.com/floridanegotiators/ .  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 Sandra Myers, 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 (lpratts@highlandssheriff.org).  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!

   

 

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


1996-1997
Deputy Farnell Cole
Alachua County SO
(352) 955-1835



1997-1999 
Lt. John "Butch" Jones
Alachua County SO (Ret)
(352) 374-3654


1999-2001 
Sgt. Terry Converse
Gainesville PD (Ret)



2001-2003
Chief Chris Summers
Leon County SO
(850) 251-3407 


2003-2005 
Major Brent Coughlin (Ret)
Leon County SO
(850)-528-8353


2006-2008
Jim McDonald
Department of Corrections
(Ret)


2008-2010
Asst. Chief Mary Olsen
Delray Beach PD 
(561) 243-7859


2010-2012
Allan O'Keefe
Hillsborough County SO (Ret)
(813)323-5036


2012-2014
Capt. Lorenzo Waiters
(Ret. Manatee County SO)
Palmetto PD
(941) 723-2000 x6103


2014-2016

Sgt. Brian Shorette

Escambia County SO

(850) 436-9630


 

2016-2018

Capt. Adam Goodner

St. Lucie SO

 (772) 370-2676  

 

Florida Association of Hostage Negotiators

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ORLANDO, FLORIDA 32878

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