Chacon, Adam
Bridging the Gap: An Essential Spanish Skillset for Every Crisis Negotiator

This 2-hour Session will be presented by Adam Chacon of Alentado Training Consultants. Adam is a retired police negotiator and a native speaker of Spanish. Those in attendance will be introduced to a compact set of critical commands and pivotal expressions essential for "bridging the gap" until a Spanish-speaking negotiator/interpreter can dial in.

Attendees will receive a simple, intuitive worksheet suitable for quick reference while on actual calls. All attendees will receive access to web-based audio-visual content to aid with pronunciation, memorization and skills-maintenance following the training. No prior Spanish knowledge is required to attend.

Adam Chacon - Bio
Adam Chacon is a 27 - year veteran in law enforcement, 23 years of those with Urbana Illinois Police Department. He retired in February of January 2017. Adam served on several duty stations during his years of active service. Being a native Spanish Speaker made him a great asset to his department and his fellow officers.

  • 12 years as a Patrol Sergeant - current assignment: Watch Commander - Patrol Division
  • 10 years as a Field Training Officer
  • Adjunct faculty member at Police Training Institute (PTI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign since 1994.
  • Served as only bilingual hostage negotiator for the Champaign County METRO/SWAT.
  • Supervised Hostage Negotiations unit for METRO/SWAT 2005-2008
  • Worked with multiple state, county and municipal Illinois agencies, the FBI, DEA and U.S. Marshall's Service on cases involving Spanish language.
  • Investigated a full range of incidents at patrol level and in a variety of special units.
  • Has served as investigator/interpreter on homicides, attempted homicides, drug interdictions, sexual assaults, child sex assault, as well as other major cases and critical incidents.

    Adam began with Partners in Training Consultants (PITC) as a Spanish Instructor and has been certified since September 2000. He continued to work with Jose Alentado & PITC to develop multi-media training materials and resources to support the curriculums and methodology. Adam has also developed and created technical Spanish manuals for Office and Service Professionals and Spanish for Public Health and Infectious Disease Control among others. He continues to update and develop ATC courses and content.

    Adam served as instructor for the Illinois Police Corps (Western Illinois University) from 2002-2003. He developed and has taught Police Spanish Training based on the PITC methodologies for the Illinois Police Training Institute (PTI) since 2001.

    Over the last 16 years he has taught over 3,600 hours of PITC and ATC Spanish Courses in over 30 states throughout the U.S.