A UK Metropolitan Police trained negotiator and a graduate of the FBI hostage negotiation programme, Sandra was one of the first certified hostage negotiators in the Netherlands Police. She brings years of experience to the KRIM™ Programme, through her work with the Amsterdam Police, as the managing director of the Police Academy in the Netherlands (Amsterdam/The Hague), her work with the United Nations in Afghanistan, and currently as a senior expert on police performance with the United Nations Peace Operations Department (DPO) in New York. Sandra is one of the few female officers that reached the rank of Colonel with the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (RNLM – gendarmerie), and is still actively commissioned in the Netherlands Armed Forces.
With over 30 years of experience in a wide variety of policing and military disciplines, her experience includes senior positions in organized crime investigations, public order, crisis management, and an international deployment to Afghanistan as a police advisor to the UN. Through her interest in the diverse anthropological field of human contact, including the psychology of the criminal mind and the behavioral aspects of crisis, Sandra became an authority in the field of crisis and hostage negotiations. From 1994 on, she was involved as the negotiator or coordinator of the negotiations in numerous cases, inside and outside the Netherlands. She created the main part of her country’s national training program, trained personnel at penitentiary institutions and international companies and was invited to lecture at the FBI Crisis Response Group training program about criminal kidnappings. For years, she represented The Netherlands in the FBI International Negotiators Working Group.
Col Sandra Keijer is an alumna of the Police Academy in the Netherlands and the High Command and Staff Course of the Netherlands Defense Academy. She holds a MSc in Cultural Anthropology, with a specialty in Gender in Organizations and an Executive Masters in Security and Defense (EMSD).
Sandra is a mentor in KRIM™ Phase III.