The sections above dealing with negotiators’ attempts to engage with Monis, their responses to his demands, and their assessment of progress demonstrate deficiencies in current practice. To respond to those deficiencies, I recommend that the New South Wales Police Force conduct a general review of the training afforded to negotiators and the means by which they are assessed and accredited. Specifically, the review should consider the training provided regarding: measuring progress in negotiations; recording of information, including the systems by which that occurs; the use of third-party intermediaries; additional approaches to securing direct contact with a person of interest; and handovers.

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