Behavior Analysis In Criminal Justice

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The combination of criminal justice and psychology has created various fields; one of which being behavioral analysis more commonly known as profiling. Although being a relatively new field of study behavioral analysis is extremely helpful in the field and class-room settings in learning criminal behavior. This essay will bring to light the process of become a special agent and entering into the behavior analysis unit created by the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC).
In order to be a special agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation you have to be a United States citizen between the ages of 23 and 36 years old (U.S Department of Justice). The age requirements are set to insure 20 years of service before mandatory
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Three years of full-time experience somewhere in the criminal justice system is required, not including any temporary non paying work. In some cases work experience can be waived in order to achieve an advanced degree. Requirements also include a valid driver’s license with at least six months of driving experience and the ability to be assigned anywhere in the FBI’s global jurisdiction (U.S Department of Justice). Once all of these requirements are met there is a selection system that narrows down who will be hired as special agents. The selection system or SASS (Special Agent Selection System) consists of 12 stages, every stage has to be completed and passed. The stages in order are the online application where resume and other documents are screened to ensure eligibility (U.S Department of Justice). Phase 1 is a three hour exam including cognitive, behavioral, and logical reasoning tests (U.S Department of Justice). Self-PFT Evaluation is a self-administrated physical fitness test which includes hearing and vision tests (U.S Department of Justice). Meet …show more content…
The salary depends on the region of the country assigned. Benefits included life insurance, vacation and sick pay, full time retirement plan, and group health (U.S Department of Justice). As of 2014 the average percent of special agent minorities is 16.73% (U.S Department of Justice). Since 2008, the amount of minorities working as special agents has decreased by 1.37% (U.S Department of Justice). These rates reflect how the general public views the FBI but more so shows that it is more difficult for minorities to achieve high positions in the criminal justice system. In today’s modern day there needs to be more minorities in high positions because it is a bias system without diversity. A special agent in the behavioral analysis unit has many of the same responsibilities as a state police officer. Investigate crimes, collect and secure evidence from crime scene, conduct interviews, observe activates of suspects, obtain warrants, write detailed reports, and be available 24/7 (U.S Department of Labor, 2014). Ethical decisions and discretion plays a large part in this career. Police departments are relying on behavioral analyst to determine who would commit the crime and to predict their behavior. The code of ethics that an agent operates under allows for unbiased thoughts and actions which eventually lead to the

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