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Brian Tison & Doug Burgess

Officer Brian Tison - CIT Coordinator & Instructor / Hostage Negotiations Team Leader METRO/SWAT University of Illinois Police Department

Brian Tison has been a sworn officer for over 27 years, serving with both the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department and the University of Illinois Police Department. He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division and is a certified Master Firearms Instructor. Brian is an active CIT Officer for UIPD. He serves as the Hostage Negotiation Team Leader for the
Champaign County METRO/SWAT Team and is the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Illinois Crisis Negotiators Association, as well as sitting on the National Council for Negotiation Associations. He is also certified by the FBI through their 40-hour hostage negotiations training course. Brian teaches the police response portion of the 40-hour Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) course statewide and serves as the CIT Task Force representative for the University of Illinois. He was the first officer in Illinois to be trained as a CIT instructor and teaches extensively for Mobile Training Units in Illinois, most recently “Mental Health Intervention and De-Escalation”. Brian has presented at the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Executives (IACLEA) conference in Montreal, Canada, National CIT Conferences in Florida and Ohio as well as state negotiation conferences in Illinois, Louisiana, and Wisconsin. Brian is published in the “Law Enforcement Executive Forum” and in 2006, he was named CIT Officer of the Year for the State of Illinois.

Officer Doug Burgess - CIT Officer & Instructor / Hostage Negotiator - Peoria Police SWAT Peoria Police Department

Officer Doug Burgess is a 21-year law enforcement veteran having served 3 years with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office in Knoxville, TN and currently in his 18th year with the Peoria Police Department. He began as a corrections officer at the Knox County Detention Facility, was certified through the Knox County Sheriff’s Academy and was assigned to the Sheriff’s Task Force in 1999. In 2001, Officer Burgess made the move closer to “home” taking a position with the Peoria Police Department. In his 18 years with Peoria, Officer Burgess has worked in patrol, the Vice and Narcotics Unit, the Problem Oriented Policing Unit, Street Crimes Unit, Nuisance Abatement Unit and also served as the department’s spokesman. He was named to the Special Operations Response Team (S.O.R.T.) while in Tennessee and then to the Hostage Negotiation Team with the Peoria Police Department in 2005. With a passion for problem solving, Doug uses those skills as a negotiator while also serving as the President of the Board of Directors for the Illinois Crisis Negotiators Association and sitting on the National Council of Negotiation Associations. He is a certified CIT officer and has recently become a member of the statewide CIT instructor cadre. Officer Burgess has appeared on Fox News as a hostage negotiations analyst, completed the FBI 40 hour hostage negotiations course as well as Phase III Hostage Negotiations and Crisis Intervention Certification through the Law Enforcement Training Institute, was named Crime Stoppers Coordinator of the Year in 2008 and again in 2014, and also conducts training on various topics throughout the community.

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