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Andrew Brown

Chief Inspector Andrew B Brown is an internationally recognised negotiator with specialist knowledge and experience in dealing in with hostage/crisis incidents particularly within a maritime environment and in designing conflict de-escalation skills for military operations.

A Fulbright Alumni, he has taught many law enforcement agencies including NYPD, USMS and the FBI, where he advised and critiqued their response to a national maritime terrorist exercise. He has published on 'Modern Piracy & Maritime Terrorism: The Challenges of Piracy for the 21st Century' and contributed a chapter to the '5th Edition Crisis Negotiations: Managing Critical Incidents and Hostage Situations in Law Enforcement & Corrections', specifically on the challenges for negotiators operating in such challenging environments, he remains an Advisor to the Editorial Boards of the 'Criminal Psychology & Criminal Investigations' and the 'Forensic Research & Criminology' International Journals.

A Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, he has served in Police Scotland for over 29 years, gathering a vast wealth of operational experience, including Royalty protection, which in the last five years he has used to design and deliver leadership training for the service at every level.

Trained as a Hostage/Crisis Negotiator in 2001, he has significant experience of negotiating, ranging from suicide intervention, siege incidents to hostage incidents mainly involving hostage children and has participated in the highest level UK Government counter terrorism exercises. He continues to teach and critique negotiators globally through his research and experience.

As an Associate Lecturer and founding member of the Police (Special Operations) Research Group at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and Fellow of the Security Institute, he co-designed Hostage Negotiation Skills for Officers at the School of Military Intelligence, Pakistan. He has also designed and delivered negotiation & de-escalation skills training to The Royal Regiment of Scotland, prior to its Afghanistan deployment to reduce ‘Green-on-Blue’ attacks, the success of which has now informed military doctrine for other countries.

His doctoral studies and interest in Afghanistan have led him to research, critique and advise International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) how to prepare, prevent and respond to the threat of international kidnap.

He is currently Chief Security Officer for an undisclosed INGO, and an independent Crisis/Hostage Negotiation Consultant in the UK.