July 4, 2024

Brian Cowley & Jamie Connors

Presentation: “Role of the negotiator in departmental protest”

In the past decade, the country has seen a massive influx of protests and demonstrations nationwide that run the gamut of topics from governmental COVID-19 policy and response, to social justice and police reform, and now the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.  Many departments have been faced with the sometimes crippling demand some of these events have on department resources in times when department staffing is critically low, coupled with having an appropriate response in the field with the proliferation of social media and headline hungry media outlets.  This presentation addresses the role of the negotiator in departmental protest and demonstration response and- through example and best practices- provides a foundation for the attendees to bring back to their department on how critical this negotiator role is from the planning and intelligence stages all the way through operational response during the incident.

Presented by: Sgt. Brian Cowley & Sgt. Jamie Connors – Baltimore County Police

Sgt. Brian Cowley has been a member of the Baltimore County Police for nearly fourteen years.  During his tenure, he has served in positions in patrol and the department’s Vice/Narcotics Section.  Currently, he is assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit where he has supervised physical and sexual child abuse as well as child human trafficking. As positions of extra duty, he is a certified training academy instructor and has been a member of the department’s Crisis Negotiation Team for ten years.  Brian has been involved in countless barricaded subject incidents and high-risk search warrant services with the department’s TAC team, as well as participated in the Crisis Negotiation Team’s role in protest/demonstration management.  He currently fills the role of a Team Leader. 


Sgt. Jamie Connors has been a member of Baltimore County Police for nearly twenty-five years.  During his tenure, he has served in positions in patrol and the department’s Criminal Intelligence Section and Internal Affairs. Currently, he is assigned the Vice/Narcotics Section where he supervises the administrative and intelligence staff as well as the departments drug task force officers assigned to the DEA and HIDTA.  He is a certified training academy instructor and has been a member of the department’s Crisis Negotiation Team for eighteen years.  Sergeant Connors has been to countless barricaded subjects and high-risk search warrant services with the department’s TAC team.  He has also helped manage numerous protests and demonstrations in the County; overseeing or being directly involved in every protest event since championing the department’s current method of response.  He has been fortunate enough to fill every role on the team during his tenure and is currently the Crisis Negotiation Team Commander.