Richard Abbott

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Richard is a retired Police Inspector who served with North Yorkshire Police (NYP) for 30 years with exemplary service. He has since developed a training practice within the Yorkshire region, concentrating on the topics of investigation and evidence gathering, dealing with difficult people and conflict resolution. 

As a police officer, his role as Partnership Inspector, working with Local Authorities across North Yorkshire, created partnership units and introduced anti-social behaviour legislation to his locality.  He has held the role of NYP Hostage Negotiator and crisis intervention specialist since 2000 and retains this responsibility since retirement, becoming NYP’s first specialist special constable. He has retained on the call out rota for hostage negotiation and crisis intervention in the region. This role requires the practical implementation of the skills he trains in the classroom.

As a training instructor within NYP, he developed and delivered the regional hostage negotiator course for Durham Police College between 2012 and 2015.  A Key element of this programme was the training of the delegates in delating with difficult people.

Since leaving NYP, he has provided training in the areas of verbal and non-verbal communication at Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Selby District Council, conflict resolution training to both Leeds Teaching and Harrogate NHS Trusts and dealing with difficult people on behalf of Live and Learn Consultancy Ltd.


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