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Thursday, March 11, 2010

CADR and University Police Host FBI Crisis Management Seminar

SALISBURY, MD---Eastern Shore law enforcement agencies recently gathered at Salisbury University for a seminar on “Conflict and Communications Management in Crisis,” sponsored by the Department of Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution (CADR) and University Police.

The speaker, Dr. Gregory M. Vecchi, a supervisory special agent and unit chief of the Behavioral Science Unit (BSU) at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, was introduced by Dr. Thomas E. Boudreau, chair of CADR, and Police Chief Edwin Lashley.

Vecchi addressed more than 50 members of law enforcement agencies from Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, and SU undergraduate and graduate students, on effective communications in hostage situations and critical incident negotiations.  He explained the importance of dealing with emotional messages in crises before addressing the actual subject matter.

“You have to defuse the emotional content before you can take a rational problem solving approach to the situation,” Vecchi emphasized.

Vecchi also described the work of the BSU, stating that its mission is to develop “original ideas into unique cutting edge projects and programs of training, research and consultation” in support of the work done at the FBI Academy.  The BSU has pioneered investigative work in criminal investigations and coined the term “serial killer.”

A follow-up talk is planned for the fall at SU for local law enforcement agencies addressing psychosocial criminal behavior and analysis of violent gangs.

According to Boudreau, Vecchi’s talk was extremely relevant to SU students as nearly one-third of CADR majors express interest in law enforcement careers at the local, state or national levels.

For more information about SU's Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution program call 410-677-6740 or visit

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