For Immediate Release
FBI National Press Office
Behavioral Analysis Unit assists in the Virginia Tech shooting
FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) provides assistance
to law enforcement agencies across the country and around
the world through investigative analysis. This work involves
reviewing and assessing the facts of a criminal act, interpreting
offender behavior, and interaction with victims. Their work
attempts to shed light into the how and why of the crime,
the extent and level of pre-planning involved, and the future
implications such as whether or not it inspires copycats.
The BAU conducts detailed analysis of crimes which can be
used to assist investigators. They can offer investigative
suggestions, interview strategies, search warrant assistance,
and expert testimony.
at some level occurs regularly throughout the country as
local law enforcement and school administrators address
and attempt to mitigate a variety of threats. The BAU may
be contacted for an assessment of the level of threat posed
by a situation emanating from within the student population
or outside the school. BAU assists in evaluating the nature
and seriousness of the threats as well as the development
of an appropriate response.
the past, behavioral analysis has been provided to investigators
following incidents such as Columbine, Red Lake, Minn.,
Elmira, NY, and most recently, Virginia Tech."
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