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Hostage “Crisis”

The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service's Law Enforcement and Security Training division provides specialized training for police officers, law enforcement dispatchers, security officers and jail and detention personnel through traditional and online training.

Hands-on experience is a key component of what TEEX offers to first responders. Two gun ranges are on site and the agency's "Prop Houses" provide a setting to simulate real-world possibilities.

Possibilities such as "hostage negotiations." And while the structures which served as family quarters for officers at the former Bryan Air Force Base provide a location to practice crisis situations, it takes a good "hostage taker" to make for an effective training scenario.

Longtime Texas A&M sportscaster and radio personality Tom Turbiville made just such as good "bad guy" for the work of TEEX.


Tom Turbiville is the play-by-play voice of the Texas A&M University women’s basketball team. He’s also a well-known and well-regarded former local-market radio and television personality. He co-hosted the WTAW "Infomaniacs" morning show for 19-years and created and hosted the "Veterans of the Valley" series on Texas A&M's PBS affiliate KAMU-TV. Prior to his broadcasting career, Turbiville was sports editor of the Irving Daily News, assistant media relations director for the Southwest Conference, and sports information director at Texas A&M.