2024 KY CIT Conference

March 12-13, 2024

Keynote  Speaker 
Gary Noesner

Gary Noesner retired from the FBI in 2003 following a 30 year career as an investigator, instructor, and negotiator.   A significant focus of his career was directed toward investigating Middle East hijackings in which American citizens were victimized.   In addition, he was an FBI hostage negotiator for 23 years of his career, retiring as the Chief of the FBI’s Crisis Negotiation Unit, Critical Incident Response Group, the first person to hold that position. In that capacity he was heavily involved in numerous crisis incidents covering prison riots, right-wing militia standoffs, religious zealot sieges, terrorist embassy takeovers, airplane hijackings, and over 120 overseas kidnapping cases involving American citizens.

Following his retirement from the FBI he became a Senior Vice President with Control Risks, an international risk consultancy, assisting clients in managing overseas kidnap incidents.   He continues to Consult independently and speaks at law enforcement conferences and corporate gatherings around the world.

He has appeared in numerous television documentaries about hostage negotiation, terrorism, and kidnapping produced by the History Channel, NBC, MSNBC, Nat Geo, WE, Discovery, TLC, A&E, CNN, CBS, BBC, American Heroes Network, and others. He has been interviewed in Time, Forbes, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Newsweek, Esquire, Men’s Health, Philadelphia Inquirer, LA Times, People Magazine, Roll Call, the Washingtonian Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, and other publications. He has given speeches at major universities, done interviews on numerous radio and television programs, and was the subject of an hour long interview on NPR’s Fresh Air in 2010.

He has written a book about his FBI negotiation career which was published by Penguin Random House in 2010, entitled:   Stalling for Time:  My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator.    The book is being used in part as the basis for a six part mini-series on Waco that will air on the Paramount Network on January 24, 2018.

Gary has three grown children and resides in Virginia with his wife, Carol.

Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator

The FBI’s chief hostage negotiator recounts harrowing standoffs, including the Waco siege with David Koresh and the Branch Davidians, in a memoir that inspired the miniseries Waco, now on Netflix.

In Stalling for Time, the FBI’s chief hostage negotiator takes readers on a harrowing tour through many of the most famous hostage crises in the history of the modern FBI, including the siege at Waco, the Montana Freemen standoff, and the D.C. sniper attacks. Having helped develop the FBI’s nonviolent communication techniques for achieving peaceful outcomes in tense situations, Gary Noesner offers a candid, fascinating look back at his years as an innovator in the ranks of the Bureau and a pioneer on the front lines. Whether vividly recounting showdowns with the radical Republic of Texas militia or clashes with colleagues and superiors that expose the internal politics of America’s premier law enforcement agency, Stalling for Time crackles with insight and breathtaking suspense. Case by case, minute by minute, it’s a behind-the-scenes view of a visionary crime fighter in action.

Conference Agenda
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Tuesday, March 12 2024
Tuesday, March 12 2024
0900-1030Keynote: Gary Noesner
FBI Chief Negotiator, (Ret.) & Author Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator
1100-1200Abigail Lenfert
Seven Counties Services 
Communicating with People with Development & Intellectual Disabilities
1300-1400Sgt. Natalie Hughes
Louisville Metro Police Department
Officer Health & Wellness
1415-1530Dr. Rif El-Mallakh
How CIT has Changed Kentucky
1530-1600Announcements & Door Prizes
1600-1700Regional Advisory Board Meetings
Wednesday, March 13 2024
Wednesday, March 13 2024
0900-1015Brittany Elkins
Mental Health Director, Louisville Metro Department of Corrections Mental Health Behind Bars
1030-1145Meagan Wallace
Distractions in Communications
1145-1200Break for Guests and Families Arriving
1200-1400CIT Awards Lunch

Hotel Information

Holiday Inn Louisville East - Hurstbourne
1325 South Hurstbourne Parkway
Louisville, KY 40222

Special Conference Rate of $119.00 plus taxes
Breakfast Buffet for $9.99 plus tax
Please reference KY Crisis Intervention Team when making reservations
Reservations must be made by February 8, 2024 for conference special rate!!!
After that date, best available rate will apply.


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Holiday Inn Louisville East - Hurstbourne

1325 S. Hurstbourne Pkway

Louisville, KY 40222