Critical Incident Response Group

Critical Incident Response Group
Federal Bureau of Investigation
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Abbreviation FBI
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The Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) is the part of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation which facilitates the FBI's rapid response to, and the management of, crisis incidents. In response to public outcry over the standoffs at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and of the Branch Davidians in the Waco Siege, the FBI formed the CIRG in 1994 to deal more efficiently with crisis situations. The CIRG is designated to formulate strategies, manage hostage or siege situations, and, if humanly possible, resolve them "without loss of life," as FBI Director Louis Freeh, who assumed the post four-and-a-half months after the Waco fire, pledged in a 1995 Senate hearing.

CIRG was intended to integrate tactical and investigative resources and expertise for critical incidents which necessitate an immediate response from law enforcement authorities. CIRG will deploy investigative specialists to respond to terrorist activities, hostage takings, child abductions and other high-risk repetitive violent crimes. Other major incidents include prison riots, bombings, air and train crashes, and natural disasters.

Each of the five major areas of CIRG furnishes distinctive operational assistance and training to FBI field offices as well as state, local and international law enforcement agencies. These groups are the Operations Support Branch, the Tactical Support Branch, the Technical Support Branch, the Strategic Information and Operations Center (SIOC) and the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC).


Surveillance and Aviation
Investigations & Operations Support
National Center for Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC)
Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU)
Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP)
Rapid Deployment and Logistics
Strategic Information & Operations
Strategic Information and Operations Center (SIOC)
Tactical Operations
Hostage Rescue Team (HRT)
Special Weapons and Tactics Teams (SWAT)
Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU)
Hazardous Devices Operations
Hazardous Devices School (HDS)
Special Agent Bomb Technician (SABTs)
Critical Incident Intelligence

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  1. ^ a b c d "Quick Facts". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 

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