In August 2006, I gave my first workshop to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. To the Defensive Tactics Unit on invitation of Dr. Greg Vecchi, then Supervisory Special Agent with the legendary Behavioral Science Unit (BSU), one of the original instructional components of the FBI’s Training Division at Quantico, Virginia.
Its mission was to develop and provide programs of training, research, and consultation in the behavioral and social sciences for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and law enforcement community that would improve or enhance their administration, operational effectiveness, and understanding of violent crime. The BSU was established in 1972 at the FBI Academy.
The beginning of BSU has been featured in Netflix’ Mindhunter. I supported the unit until it was merged into the Behavioral Analysis Unit in 2014.
The BSU was usurped by the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) and was changed to the Behavioral Research and Instruction Unit (BRIU) and is now known as Behavioral Analysis Unit 5 (BAU-5).
My work with the BSU, and in particular, y support of GHost-RAP (Global Hostage-Taking Research and Analysis Program), formed and deepened my understanding of evidence-based curricula and amplified intelligence tools. These structured professional judgment tools were used to identify and measure human belief states, cognitive behavior, potential threat, or deception.