Scott Tillema is a rising thought leader in crisis and hostage negotiations. He is invited to speak at many hostage negotiation conferences across the US, and is viewed by his peers as a reference in difficult negotiations. For 7 years, Scott conducted negotiations for the largest multi-jurisdictional municipal SWAT team in the US. Currently, Scott is a Lieutenant with a Chicago area police department and has 17 years of police service. His experience and knowledge in hostage negotiations is sought after by police negotiators and universities alike.