When a dangerous suspect in a federal crime is on the run or there’s a crisis requiring FBI attention, we have tools, teams, and tactics at the ready to protect the American people and support the FBI’s law enforcement partners in their own work.
Hostage Rescue Team
The FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team is an elite group of agents who pass a challenging selection process and training course. They deploy in any environment or conditions to respond to hostage situations, barricaded suspects, high-risk arrests, undercover operations, and surveillance operations.
The FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team (HRT)—federal law enforcement’s only full-time counterterrorism unit—is a highly trained group of special agents often called upon during the toughest times.
Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
The FBI uses cutting-edge psychology practices to get inside the minds of criminals. The five Behavioral Analysis Units (BAU) in the FBI work cases ranging from terrorism to cybercrime to violent crimes against children. One unit is dedicated to research, strategy, and instruction. BAU experts provide on-site support in complex investigations, and they offer expertise and consultations on new, active, and cold cases.
Some of the services BAU offers include:
- Crime analysis
- Profiles of unknown offenders
- Investigative suggestions
- Threat assessments
- Interview strategies
- Expert testimony
- Critical incident analysis