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Tag: Behavioral Analysis Unit

FBI Intervenes in Cases Before Mass Shootings by Getting Mental Health Professionals Involved

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is known more for combating crime than preventing it.

But behind-the-scenes, the FBI has been busy trying to prevent mass shootings and violent attacks by getting mental health professionals involved, the Associated Press reports.

Behind the effort is the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, which has worked for years with state and local law enforcement to identify potential threats. A division of that unit, the Behavioral Threat Assessment Center, has handled 148 of these cases since January of this year, the AP wrote.

“The people around that subject often become fearful that that outcome is catastrophic act of violence, such as an active shooting or some type of mass attack,” said Andre Simmons, unit chief of the center.

 

Long Island Police Consulted FBI Unit Before Arson Arrest

The FBI behavioral unit at Quantico has had its hand in many cases over the  years. Sometimes it has been right on and other times — not even close.  It may be a science, but it’s impossible to be right all the time.

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BY JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
Newsday

Before they ever made an arrest, Nassau police used the help of a small, highly trained FBI behavioral unit to work up a psychological profile of an arsonist they say started a fire that killed four in Lawrence last month.

Later, they arrested Caleb Lacey, the volunteer firefighter who investigators now say set the blaze to gain glory as a hero.

Police departments nationwide and around the world have used the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico, Va. It has helped in other arson investigations as well as serial rape and extortion cases, among others, FBI officials said.

James McNamara, a supervisory special agent in the unit, said 60 percent of cases come from local and state police. Eight agents handle all adult crimes in the United States and abroad, he said. Because the Lawrence probe is ongoing, he would not provide specifics on how his unit helped Nassau police.

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