Anyone observing a situation where a person is being held against his will should call ext. 5911 or 978-837-5911 immediately and be prepared to provide as much of the information listed below as possible:
- Location of the incident.
- Identification/description of the person(s) involved (hostage taker and hostages).
- Description of events.
- Whether or not the hostage taker(s) are armed.
- Number and types of weapons.
You may be directed to implement emergency lockdown procedures in a hostage situation. Do not attempt to intercede in a hostage situation. You may jeopardize your safety or that of the hostage.
If taken hostage, remember that the captor may be emotionally unbalanced. In general, however, a captor does not want to harm persons being held hostage, so patience will be your greatest asset. Eventually, law enforcement officers will intercede and negotiate with the captor.
When in a hostage situation, following the guidelines listed below will ensure the greatest amount of safety to all involved:
- Remain alert and be observant. Upon your release, the information you are able to provide law enforcement officers may be critical.
- Avoid drastic or sudden actions as well as any behavior that could further endanger you.
- Follow the instructions of the captor.
- Do not speak to the captor unless spoken to; however, tell the captor if you or anyone else needs medication, first aid or restroom privileges.
- Do not talk down to the captor.
- Avoid appearing hostile.
- Do not stare at the captor.
- Avoid speculation.
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