Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

FBI Capabilities (Behavioral Analysis, Fingerprinting, Hostage negotiation, etc)

FBI Capabilities (Behavioral Analysis, Fingerprinting, Hostage negotiation, etc) – https://www2.fbi.gov/aboutus/capabilities.htm

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What sort of resources can the FBI bring to bear on cases?
  • What types of crimes would they investigate and what are their highest priorities?
  • What techniques does the FBI use to produce pictures of subjects missing or dead?
  • How does the FBI interview child victims?
  • What are some factors that can contribute to the identification of a firearm?


This section links to a number of fact sheets on specific FBI capabilities and services. Many of them are forensic in nature. Each fact sheet includes a short overview of the capability discussed, usually with an example of a case solved or aided through the FBI capability. Most fact sheets also link to pages with more information. Topics discussed by this site include:

  • Child Forensic Interviews
  • Composite Sketches/Crime Scene Reconstructions
  • Disaster Victim IDs
  • DNA Analysis
  • Digital Forensics
  • Evidence Recovery
  • Firearms Identification
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Fingerprint IDs & Exams

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