Posted by Michael Crowe on Jul 19, 2018
Guest speaker at the 16 July meeting of Port Fairy was Sergeant Mick Wolfe of the Port Fairy Police.
Police are often called on to resolve stand-off situations which may involve mental illness, depression or criminal intent. Sometimes these situations can include hostages, on other occasions only one person is involved.
Sergeant Wolfe with Rotarian Hester Woodrup
Sergeant Wolfe related his long experience as a police negotiator, particularly for hostage and siege situations.  Police negotiators are highly trained in the most effective techniques for defusing stand-off situations.  Sergeant Wolfe described the importance of patience, careful listening and honesty on the part of the negotiator.