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.
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.
The FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) provides rapid assistance to incidents in a crisis. Through CIRG, expert assistance is available in cases involving the abduction or mysterious disappearance of children, crisis management, hostage negotiation, criminal investigative analysis, and special weapons and tactics. CIRG also assists in the assessment, selection, and training of FBI undercover employees.
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
FBI bomb technicians do some of the most dangerous work in the FBI.
They respond and investigate actual and threatened bomb incidents, both in the U.S. and internationally.
Special Agent Bomb Technicians train and prepare extensively to do such dangerous and time-sensitive work.
Additionally, bomb technicians in the U.S. gets their certification at the FBI’s Hazardous Devices School in Huntsville, Alabama.
Get an interactive look at how the FBI’s Underwater Post-Blast Investigation course prepares the nation's public safety bomb tech divers to counter threats in their home harbors and waterways.