Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Significant Moments: I Wonder What The Boys at the BAU Would Make of This?

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1 comment:

Gary Freedman said...

Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) of the FBI -- East/West Regions

The mission of the BAU is to provide behavioral based investigative and operational support by applying case experience, research, and training to complex and time-sensitive crimes, typically involving acts or threats of violence. The program areas addressed include Crimes Against Children, Crimes Against Adults, Communicated Threats, Corruption, and Bombing and Arson Investigations. The BAU receives requests for services from Federal, state, local, and international law enforcement agencies. Response to these requests for BAU assistance are facilitated through the network of field NCAVC coordinators. BAU services are provided during on-site case consultations, telephone conference calls, and/or consultations held at the BAU with case investigators.

BAU assistance to law enforcement agencies is provided through the process of "criminal investigative analysis." Criminal investigative analysis is a process of reviewing crimes from both a behavioral and investigative perspective. It involves reviewing and assessing the facts of a criminal act, interpreting offender behavior, and interaction with the victim, as exhibited during the commission of the crime, or as displayed in the crime scene. BAU staff conduct detailed analyses of crimes for the purpose of providing one or more of the following services: crime analysis, investigative suggestions, profiles of unknown offenders, threat analysis, critical incident analysis, interview strategies, major case management, search warrant assistance, prosecutive and trial strategies, and expert testimony.

In addition to the above services, the BAU staff produced the "Child Abduction Response Plan" to assist investigators faced with these challenging and time-sensitive investigations. Recently, the BAU released "The School Shooter: A Threat Assessment Perspective (pdf) " report to guide school administrators, teachers, parents, and law enforcement in identifying and evaluating threats in our schools. The BAU maintains a reference file for experts in various forensic disciplines such as odontology, anthropology, entomology, or pathology.

In April 2000, the University of Iowa Injury Prevention Center sponsored the Workplace Violence Intervention Research Workshop. The goal of this workshop was to examine issues related to violence in the workplace and to develop recommended research strategies to address this public health problem. The workshop brought together 37 invited participants representing diverse constituencies within industry, organized labor, municipal, state and federal governments, and academia. Workplace Violence--A Report to the Nation (pdf) is the product of this effort.