The National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) has three departments known as Behavioral Analysis Units (BAU). These deal with different types of criminal and terrorist activity:
1. BAU-Counterterrorim/Threat Assessment
2. BAU-Crimes Against Adults
3. BAU-Crimes Against Children
The job of these units is to look at the psychology of violent offenders. BAU uses case studies, evaluations of criminal behaviour and forensics to this end. Using experiential evidence from law enforcement staff, as well as existing clinical studied, analysts are able to comprehensively profile individuals who pose a threat to national security and public safety.
Job Description for Behavioral Analysts
BAU professionals collaborate with the U.S. law enforcement, as well as law enforcement abroad. BAU recreates crimes, puts them in a psychological framework and makes predictions based on the patterns of violent offenders. BAU’s work helps stop and apprehend criminals and terrorists before they offend.
BAU staff are able to create psychological profiles for criminals based on their analysis of available evidence. This analysis is based on thousands of similar cases, and is thorough and comprehensive. The behavioural profiles all go into a database accessible by local and state police to help them in carrying out their own work.
BAU professionals have the following responsibilities:
1. Using evidence to recreate crimes.
2. Creating offender profiles to determine their psychology and behavioral patterns.
3. Cooperating with law enforcement organisations to give support in investigations.
4. Keeping a database of all violent crimes including terrorism.
5. Interviewing criminals in order to gain insight into their behaviour.
6. Helping apprehend criminals by providing insights into their behaviour.
7. Assessing the risk of persons and organisations of interest to public or national security.
Salary for Behavioral Analyst
BAU employs FBI Special Agents as well as elite criminal researchers and other law enforcement professionals. BAU field officers receive salaries commensurate within the GS-10 and GS-13 pay grades, but may be promoted to GS-14 or GS-15. They may also be eligible for a cost of living adjustment from 12.5 to 28.7 percent of their salary, and the Law Enforcement Availability Pay, which is 25 percent of their wage. Researchers who aren’t special agents are subject to the same pay scheme because of their elite credentials.