What is the Behavioral Analysis Unit?


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Selected divisions within the Federal Bureau of Investigation are known as behavioral analysis units. As of 2014, four such units exist within the FBI's National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime.

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Each behavioral analysis unit focuses on supporting the FBI and other law enforcement agencies in their investigations of specific types of crimes. The first behavioral analysis unit is dedicated to the study of counter-terrorism, arson and bombings. The second unit addresses corruption, white collar crimes and various types of threats. The third and fourth units work on crimes against children and adults, respectively, wrestling with challenging cases such as abductions and serial killings. Employees throughout all four behavioral analysis units perform a wide range of duties, ranging from analyzing crimes and profiling criminals to recommending investigative approaches to law enforcement agencies.

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