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Since 1986, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has had special agent/criminal profilers assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) in Quantico, VA. The NCAVC is a law enforcement-oriented, behavioral science and resource center that offers investigative support, research, and training to law enforcement agencies throughout the world.

The profiler's primary mission is to assist with operational support relating to arson and bombing investigations by analyzing the behavior of the offender and the locations of connected crimes in an attempt to pinpoint the most probable area where an offender would live to assist in the identification, arrest, and prosecution of the offender. The ATF Criminal and Geographic Profiling Program is offered to Federal, State, and local fire service and law enforcement agencies.