James Tacchini

James co-instructs both our Modern Crisis Negotiations course and our Internal Affairs/Officer Involved Shooting Investigations course. James has been with the San Francisco Police Department since 2007 and has held the rank of Sergeant since 2017. 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. 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. In our Modern Crisis Negotiations course, James shares negotiations tactics that worked last week, not twenty years ago.

James is also a lead for his department’s Crisis Intervention and Legal Update training. 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. James 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 were recognized by the Force Science Training Institute for peacefully resolve 99.9% of crisis-related incidents.[1]

In addition to his Negotiator and Instructor duties, James recently concluded his full-time assignment to the Department’s Officer Involved Shooting Team, administratively investigating officer involved shootings, in-custody deaths, and major use of force incidents. So, if you’re attending our Internal Affairs/Officer Involved Shooting Investigations course you’ll get to learn how modern laws and public scrutiny affect OIS investigations.

James’ present assignment is as a field supervisor in the patrol division.

With James Tacchini’s training courses, there’s no dry lectures of “Death by Power Point”. James makes sure to engage the students with material that is current and relevant to hard working law enforcement officers like yourself.

Watch James Tacchini discussing Crisis Negotiations on the on the Shots Fired Podcast.

[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/
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