James Tacchini

Your agency, like most every other agency in America, is probably trying to find the best way to deal with people in crisis. You want to reduce violent confrontations but that can be a difficult task given the fact the suspects you encounter are often mentally ill or under the influence. Sergeant James Tacchini and his colleagues at the San Francisco Police Department faced the same challenge, but thanks to some incredible training and a modern way of approaching calls, they have been able to peacefully resolve 99.9% of crisis-related incidents.[1]

James is a lead instructor for our Advanced Crisis Negotiations course. With James as your instructor, you’ll get a guide who is not only highly experienced but is current. James is a Team Leader on the Department’s 40-person Crisis / Hostage Negotiation Team and is also a lead for his department’s Crisis Intervention and Legal Update training.

James has been with the SFPD since 2007 and has held the rank of Sergeant since 2017. In addition to his Negotiator and Instructor duties, he is currently assigned to the Officer Involved Shooting Team, administratively investigating officer involved shootings, in-custody deaths, and major use of force incidents. James helps students like you develop a working knowledge of current case laws, tactics, team planning, and outside the box thinking which are core skills for any Crisis/Hostage Negotiator.

There’s no dry lectures of “Death by Power Point here. James gets the class involved and focuses on current events. You’ll hear what tactics James and his team used last week, not 20 years ago.

James’ goal is to share his combined knowledge of current laws/case laws, tactics, and negotiation methods to provide negotiators like you the confidence and skills to be successful, not only in crisis situations but in everyday encounters on the street.

[1] San Francisco Police Peacefully Resolve 99.9% of Crisis-Related Calls!, Force Science Institute, https://www.forcescience.org/2021/07/san-francisco-police-peacefully-resolve-99-9-of-crisis-related-calls/