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Great, so could you just tell us a little more about what you do here at

the BSU and what your position consists of?

Well, I arrived here at BSU in January of 2006 at that point I was an
instructor and I came in and was focusing on crisis management and
crisis communication negotiation because of my experience, as a
negotiator and love of that, and also interested in global hostage-
taking, became interested in, kind of moving up and got a great
opportunity to become the unit chief barrel sanctions. I put in and
eventually I was selected. And since then I've been kind of reworking
the BSU and expanding the programs. Typically we have been focused
on violent crime and we were the ones that developed the profiling and
criminal Investigative analysis and term victimology and serial killing
and all that came through our National Academy classes over the
years back in the seventies and eighties and so what I wanted to do is
unit chief. And what I'm continuing to do is move, moving forward and
getting into areas like cyber and national security threats, in addition
to doing our staple violent crime mission that we've always done.
Great so would you mind just describing the structure of the unit and
the function of the various staff members you have here?
Sure the behavioral science unit has been around since 1972 as part of
the FBI's training division, and we are physically located in the
basement area of the FBI Academy in Quantico Virginia. We are one of
a number of training units here at the FBI Academy. And what our main
function is here is to Train our National Academy students that come in
and the National Academy. It's kind of like the War College for a law
enforcement. It's been in existence since about 1935. At the time that
this Academy was formed or built in 1972 the National Academy
program was moved over here and what that program involves is
experience law enforcement officers, mid-level management types
that compete come to the FBI Academy for about 11 weeks. And when
they get here, they choose whatever courses they want to take. If it's
in behavioral science, they'll come to our unit and take our courses, if
it's a leadership they'll go to leadership units. And there's also
forensics and communication and other areas that they can learn
now with that training, in addition to National Academy we also teach
new agents training. we teach the FBI Intel analysts and we take our
courses and our blocks of instruction literally worldwide, all over the
world where we'll get requests for training from everyone. And now in
addition to supporting our traditional law enforcement clients, we also
train the military, the Intel community, and some of our international
partners. And that's what we do. That's our bread and butter. Now,
along with the training we also do research and we also do
consultations and our tag line are kind of the way we do business is
that if we train, we research it and if we train we consult it. And that's
an important model because the consults is are the things that a lot of
times we're known for where a police officer will call us. And he'll let's
say ask for interview strategies let's say he's working a gang
matter a violent crime, maybe aberrant behavior, weird sexual type
crime, and he'll call and want help, and he may only have one shot to
interview the subject. And so we try our best to give him some idea of
strategies and tactics. To get the person to confess or at least make
admissions based on the behavior.