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Critical Incident Response Group


Readiness. Response. Resolution.

The FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) consists of a cadre of special agents and professional support personnel who provide expertise in crisis management, hostage rescue, surveillance and aviation, hazardous devices mitigation, crisis negotiations, behavioral analysis, and tactical operations.

Through aggressive training programs, state-of-the-art technologies and equipment, extensive research, and far-reaching partnerships with international, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, CIRG works to successfully resolve critical incidents worldwide and achieve its mission of Readiness, Response, and Resolution.

Inside CIRG Spotlight On...

- Overview
- Leadership: Gregory D. Cox

News & Feature Stories
- NTSB Commends FBI Efforts
- Bomb Technicians: FBI/Navy Partnership
- Hostage Rescue Team at 30
- ViCAP: 25 Years of Fighting Crime
- Highway Serial Killings Initiative
- Crisis Negotiation and Kidnappings
- About School Shootings

- Our Response to Hurricane Katrina

 Resources & Publications
- Active Shooter Incidents
- Campus Attacks
- Workplace Violence (pdf)

Service & Capabilities
Counter-IED Operations
- Hazardous Devices School
- Special Agent Bomb Technicians (SABTs)
FBI Bomb Technicians: Pictures and video of their suits and other equipment
Investigative & Operations Support
- National Center for the Analysis of
Violent Crime (NCAVC)
- Behavioral Analysis

Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP)

Crisis Management
Strategic Information & Operations Center (SIOC)
Surveillance and Aviation 
Tactical Operations
- Hostage Rescue Team (HRT)
- Crisis Negotiations