About Louisiana Association of Crisis Negotiators
In 1998, a small group of Negotiators from throughout Louisiana formulated a plan to evolve into the Louisiana Association of Crisis Negotiators (LACN). After many meetings, and with the help of Howard "Max" London (Retired/FBI Negotiations Unit), the first charter meeting was held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in March 1998. "Max" had assisted in training many negotiators throughout Louisiana and provided valuable insight and direction. The LACN owes "Max" a debt of gratitude for all his advice and input during those early days. This first charter meeting consisted of Negotiators from the Southern and Central regions of the state. The LACN By-Laws, Board Officers, & Charter were adopted. Know more about LACN.
About Our Members
The first Board of Directors were President - Sid Newman (Baton Rouge City Police Department), VP/Membership - Jim Craft (Lafayette Police Department), VP/Training - Ernie "Doc" Bristol (Bureau of Prisons/Oakdale), VP/CISM - Russell Trapp (U.S. Attorney's Office/Middle District), Secretary/Treasurer - Debbie Johnson (Bureau of Prisons), Director - Tanya Reeves (Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office), Director - Joe Pisano (Federal Bureau of Investigations/Lafayette). From the small concept that began within a handful of Law Enforcement, Corrections Officers, & Mental Health Professionals, LACN has grown into an Association dedicated to the ongoing training of crisis negotiators and the crisis response community in Louisiana. We, who have joined the ranks of this Association, now salute those who blaze the trail by carrying the torch.