The FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Behavior (NCAVC) includes the The Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP). ViCAP’s job is to help local law enforcement across the U.S. and around the globe investigate and stop violent crime, and catch criminals. The ViCAP was created in 1985 in order to deal with serial killers and rapists, and since has absorbed the crimes of unsolved murders, sexual crimes, kidnappings, missing persons and unidentified persons.

ViCAP’s Database of Violent Crime

The largest database of criminal cases involving violence is under the guardianship of ViCAP, and it’s called ViCAP-Web. As of 2008, all authorised law enforcement bodies across the country, including both national and state groups, were given access to the database. The sharing was intended to create cooperation and collaboration between various bodies. ViCAP has had great success, helping to catch the I-5 Killer and the Beltway Sniper.

ViCAP-Web is a place for the profiles of offenders can be developed, and a way to keep track of their various psychological states in order to assist in apprehension. ViCAP professionals use behavioural analysis of psychological pathologies to facilitate crime solving. Staff are also charged with responsibility for press releases, maintaining protocols in interviews, coordinating efforts with other agencies, developing trial strategies for prosecution and crucially analysing incidents.

Agents in the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program’s Job Description

ViCAP is responsible for lending resources to long-term and using modern crime recreation techniques, has the capability to solve cases committed decades ago. Jobs at ViCAP involve the following responsibilities:

1. Curating the ViCAP-Web database and ensuring the right people have access to it.
2. The coordination of law enforcement operations across different jurisdictions.
3. Recreating bodies of those who have passed a long time ago.
4. Finding out who has been kidnapped and had their identity changed
5. The reconstruction of violent crimes to get into the psyche of the perpetrator and try to find out what actually happened.
6. Providing support to law enforcement staff who are trying to solve crimes.
7. Creating press releases in an attempt to find perpetrators.
8. Providing support in the use of psychological manipulation to question suspects.

Salary for Violent Criminal Apprehension Program Staff

ViCAP’s Special Agents, researchers and law enforcement are allocated their salary based on the General Schedule designation. Special Agents in ViCAP enter at a minimum GS-10 salary, and may be promoted up to GS-13, as long as they stay in the field. If Special Agents become supervisors or achieve an executive position, the may even receive a salary of GS-14 or GS-15 level.  Other staff within ViCAP are subject to the same pay levels, and all salaries receive an adjustment for the cost of living. Staff in the field also get a Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) bonus, which is 25 percent of their salary.