Derek Gaunt – Director of Law Enforcement Training
Derek Gaunt is a seasoned negotiator and leader. He is a 23 year veteran of the Alexandria, Virginia police department and Commander of their Hostage Negotiation Team. He is also an instructor of international business negotiations teaching the application of hostage negotiations practices and principles to business negotiations. Derek has guest lectured at the Goethe School of Business in Frankfurt, Germany and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Derek is the Lead Instructor and developer of curriculum for the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy’s Hostage Negotiations Course. He has developed simple and complex practical training exercises related to hostage negotiations for use by negotiations teams throughout the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Derek assists law enforcement agencies throughout the Washington D.C. metropolitan area with establishing and enhancing their hostage/barricade management capabilities. He has also trained international law enforcement, military and security personnel in hostage negotiations practices and principles. Derek is a Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services certified instructor.