New Zealand Police Negotiation Team

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Police Negotiation Team
Active 1964 - Present
Branch New Zealand Police
Role Law enforcement Negotiation
Size 17 Teams[1]
Nickname(s) PNT
Colors Charcoal

Police Negotiation Team (PNT) are specialist units of the New Zealand Police dedicated to crisis negotiation. Nationwide, there are 17 Police Negotiation teams, with each Armed Offenders Squad (AOS) having a dedicated PNT attached to it.[2][1] The negotiators are all part-time volunteers drawn from the ranks of the front line police and are specially trained in psychology and crisis resolution techniques.[2][1]

As well as deploying to armed incidents with the AOS, they will also act as an independent unit and speak with suicidal people, offenders who have barricaded themselves in buildings, prison rioters, and kidnappers.[3][1] They will also deploy overseas to provide support and advise to the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade when a New Zealand national has been kidnapped.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Stringer, Deb (February 2013). "Police Negotiating Team". Police News The Voice of Police (46 (1)). New Zealand Police Association. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Police Negotiation Teams". New Zealand Police. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Police Officer - Tasks and specialisations". New Zealand Government Career Services. 2008-03-01. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  4. ^ "PM welcomes news that kidnapped men alive". New Zealand Government Press Release. 2006-08-24. Retrieved 2008-06-15.