Thursday, July 27, 2006

. . .and my point is YOU-YOU

One of my favorite jobs when I was a law enforcement officer was that of "hostage negotiator". I would be called upon when someone was barricaded (alone or with a hostage) to negotiate the release. I think I was first picked for this job because I have a soothing voice. It quickly became a passion and I learned everything I could about it. I got a big rush when the world came to a standstill and waited while the hostage taker and I talked on the phone. I got an even bigger high when, through the power of persuasion, I talked the suspect into giving up and coming out. After a long seige that turned out well, it was when I was finally alone in my car on the ride home when I yelled "YES!" "I DID IT!" that was the most satisfing moment. My point in telling you this is to let you know that it was very important to me, in order to save a life, to get to know the suspect as soon as possible. I enjoy doing that. I have now known some of you for about a year. I don't know your names, but I know you. Stay tuned, I am working on a post about some of you. I call it my YOU-YOU. I think you will find it interesting.

7 comments:

Texas2Tennessee said...

I'm intrigued...

doubleknot said...

Uh oh - an experienced negotiator - you must have all kinds of secret ways of drawing your subject out.

Eternally Curious said...

Yay, I can hardly wait! So cool...

Kerri said...

Sounds fascinating....and fun. Now I'm really curious to hear your voice :)

Texas2Tennessee said...

Can you hear my fingernails clicking on the keyboard....

we're waiting!!!!!

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Can't wait to read more. I don't know how I have managed to miss reading your posts lately, but I am going to do better. I am so very sorry. I have just been so obsessed with that bike that I've been neglecting everyone.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

BTW, I think that's great that you were a hostage negotiator. What a great satisfaction I'm sure you got from getting the criminal to let the hostages go and to give himself up.