Investigations & Operations Support
Investigations & Operations Support
The Investigations and Operations Support Section (IOSS) supports other CIRG sections, FBI field offices, FBI Headquarters divisions, U.S. law enforcement agencies, and FBI legal attaches at U.S. embassies abroad in the preparation for, response to, and successful resolution of major investigations, critical incidents, and special events. IOSS personnel provide expertise in behavioral assessment, crisis management, special events management, rapid deployment, and logistics and information technology…and provide input on the development of national plans, policies, and exercises; training for FBI, law enforcement, military, and intelligence personnel; and research and development. The section includes the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime and the Operations Support Branch.
National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime
The primary mission of the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) is to provide behavioral-based investigative support to the FBI, national security agencies, and other federal, state, local and international law enforcement involved in the investigation of unusual or repetitive violent crimes, threats, terrorism, cyber, white collar crime, public corruption, and other matters.
The NCAVC consists of four units:
- Behavioral Analysis Unit 1 (counterterrorism, arson and bombing matters);
- Behavioral Analysis Unit 2 (threats, cyber, white collar crime, and public corruption);
- Behavioral Analysis Unit 3 (crimes against children);
- Behavioral Analysis Unit 4 (crimes against adults).
The Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) consists of a database and web-based tool available to law enforcement agencies to link homicides, sexual assaults, missing person, and unidentified human remains that may be geographically dispersed, allowing police departments to better coordinate communication and investigative efforts on potentially linked crimes. The FBI maintains the database and our analysts assist investigators with case linkages and other analysis. Over 5,000 law enforcement agencies have participated in ViCAP—created in 1985—and have contributed more than 85,000 cases to the system.
NCAVC staff provide operational support for a range of cases, including but not limited to domestic and international terrorism; threats of targeted violence (e.g., active shooters in schools, workplaces, and public areas or buildings); cyber crime; white collar crime and public corruption; cases involving child victims-abduction or mysterious disappearances of children, homicides of children, and victimization of children; cases involving adult victims—serial, spree, mass, and other murders; serial rape; extortion; kidnapping; product tampering; arson and bombing; and weapons of mass destruction.
NCAVC personnel deploy to provide time-sensitive, on-site support to the investigators and managers of complex investigations. They also provide case consultations for new, active, and cold cases via telephone conference calls, video teleconferences, and meetings at CIRG headquarters in Quantico, Virginia. The behavioral analysis units provide direct support to FBI crisis negotiators in cases involving abductions, hostage taking, extortions, threats, and other matters. NCAVC is comprised of Bureau agents and professional staff members, along with agents from other federal agencies, including the U.S. Capitol Police, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In addition, all 56 FBI field offices have NCAVC coordinators who handle support and training requests from agencies in their local area.
NCAVC provides the following services:
- Crime analysis;
- Profiles of unknown offenders;
- Offender motivation;
- Linkage analysis;
- Investigative suggestions;
- Multi-agency coordination;
- Threat assessment and management;
- Interview strategies;
- Search warrant affidavit assistance;
- Prosecution and trial strategies;
- Expert testimony;
- Critical incident analysis.
The NCAVC also conducts extensive research from a law enforcement perspective, often in conjunction with other law enforcement, government, and academic organizations. Results of research are provided in publications, training classes, seminars, and conferences.
Operations Support Branch
The primary mission of CIRG’s Operations Support Branch (OSB) is to provide operational support to the FBI, national security agencies, and other federal, state, local, and international law enforcement in preparing for, responding to, and successfully resolving any major investigation, critical incident, or major special event. OSB provides crisis management, special event management, rapid deployment and logistics capability, and communications and information technology in support of counterterrorism and criminal investigative programs.
The Operations Support Branch consists of three units:
- Crisis Management Unit;
- Special Events Management Unit;
- Rapid Deployment & Technology Unit.
Crisis Management Unit
The Crisis Management Unit (CMU) provides support in preparing for and successfully responding to critical incidents through:
- Domestic and foreign operational deployments to support command post operations;
- Development of crisis management policies and plans for the federal government and the FBI;
- Development, training, and user support for Operational Response and Investigative Online Network, or ORION, leads in a crisis environment (an unclassified version of ORION is hosted on Law Enforcement Online, or LEO, for use by state and local law enforcement agencies at no cost);
- Crisis management training for a wide audience;
- Participation, development, delivery, and evaluation of national and FBI drills and exercises;
- Participation in the multi-agency Domestic Emergency Support Team and Foreign Emergency Support Team; and
- Training and deployment support for FBI senior executives designated by the U.S. Attorney General as Senior Federal Law Enforcement Officials in a catastrophic domestic incident.
Special Event Management Unit
The FBI considers special events to include significant domestic and international activities that may attract a potential threat to national security or attract significant criminal activity for which the Bureau is responsible for in terms of identifying, preventing, investigating, or disrupting. The Special Events Management Unit (SEMU) plans, coordinates, identifies, and deploys appropriate Bureau resources to address these potential threats. Examples of events which meet these criteria include the Super Bowl, the Olympics, presidential inaugurations, presidential nominating conventions, and events designated by the Secretary of Homeland Security as either a National Special Security Event or awarded a Special Events Assessment Rating.
The SEMU coordinates with federal, state, local and international law enforcement partners and private sector officials to develop a comprehensive strategy, driven by a deliberate threat assessment, for supporting major event security efforts. As part of the planning process, personnel within the unit conduct site surveys, provide technical and operational guidance to field coordinators, participate in training exercises, and deploy assets to augment FBI field office resources.
In response to the 1998 bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the FBI established rapid deployment teams (RDTs) to mobilize and quickly deploy to worldwide locations for investigations that fall within the Bureau’s jurisdiction, including crimes against U.S. citizens or interests. Overall management and coordination of administrative and logistical matters for RDTs—including specialized training—rests with CIRG’s Rapid Deployment & Technology Unit (RDTU), which provides transportation and shipment of equipment and supplies to FBI teams responding to terrorism incidents, crisis situations, or major operations. The RDTs—comprised of specialized personnel—are located in our Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Washington, D.C. field offices.
|In the above photo, RDT members prepare to leave on a mission.
Below photo, RDT equipment loaded on a transport plane.