In 1989 the Crisis Negotiation Team was established to defuse and resolve life threatening situations through the use of communication. Nationally, approximately 84% of the situations are solved by negotiators and communication. Within Lake County the percentage is higher.

The members of this select team are highly trained in communication and listening skills. Their equipment ranges from a specially designed mobile communications vehicle to a simple telephone. Negotiators train equally in all positions within the "team concept". A Commander, along with 2 Team Leaders, 8 members and numerous support staff make up the Lake County Sheriff's Office team. Members train regularly and that training is usually scenario based.

Often training is coordinated with other agencies to ensure versatility and updated techniques. Several team members belong to the Florida Association of Hostage Negotiators, with 2 being founding members.