Hostage Situation - Passaic Campus

Two students discussing with the books


A. Remain calm and be patient.

• Time is on your side.
• Avoid drastic action.

B. The initial 45 minutes are the most dangerous. 

• Follow instructions, be alert and stay alive. 
• The captor is emotionally unbalanced. 
• Don’t make mistakes that could hazard your well-being.

C. Don’t speak unless spoken to and only when necessary. 

• Don’t talk down to the captor, who may be in agitated state. 
• Avoid appearing hostile. 
• Maintain eye contact with the captor at all times if possible, but do not stare. 
• Treat the captor like royalty.

D. Try to rest. 

• Avoid speculating. 
• Comply with instructions the best you can. 
• Avoid arguments.  Expect the unexpected. 
• Displaying a certain amount of fear can possibly work to your advantage. 
• Be observant. 
• When you are released, or when you escape, the personal safety of others may depend on what you remember about the situation. 
• Be prepared to answer the police on the phone. 
• Be patient, wait.  Attempt to establish rapport with the captor. 
• If medications, first aid or restroom privileges are needed by anyone, say so. 
• The captors in all probability do not want to harm persons held by them. 
• Such direct action further implicates the captor to additional offenses.