The Behavioral Analysis Unit

April 22, 2011

The FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, known as BAU, is evolving.

Audio Transcript

Mollie Halpern: The FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, known as BAU, is among several groups of Bureau experts supporting local law enforcement into the investigation of the bodies found in Long Island, New York.

I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau, and you’re listening to “FBI, This Week.” The BAU is evolving into four units—each with a specific focus. BAU-2 resources have traditionally focused on unusual criminal offenses such as mass murders, serial rape cases, and kidnappings. Supervisory Special Agent Mark Hilts…

Mark Hilts: The perspective that we look at is the behavior, it’s the motivation. It’s the ‘why’ part of a criminal investigation. We’ve done research and interviewed serial killers to understand why they do what they do so that we can help determine how we can catch them.

Halpern: Part of the BAU evolution is enhancing the focus of BAU-2 on non-violent investigations.

Hilts: We’re going to be applying the concepts and tools that we’ve used in the serial murder to public corruption and white-collar crime.

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