Before we delve into the NCAVC, a quick refresher on the BAU may be in order. These letters stand for Behavioral Analysis Unit and identify a division of the FBI dedicated to developing criminal profiles used to identify and apprehend the country’s most dangerous killers. The BAU has long been the focus of the Criminal Minds narrative, of course, but Criminal Minds: Evolution aims to expand the FBI’s investigative scope by incorporating the NCAVC.
That shouldn’t be difficult as the NCAVC has essentially always been a part of the series’ narrative because the BAU is actually a division within it. Regarding the acronym, NCAVC stands for National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, according to the FBI website. The BAU is one of three divisions within the NCAVC, along with the Child Abduction and Serial Murder Investigative Resources Center (CASMIRC) and the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP).
According to the Office’s mission statement, the NCAVC is specifically designed to “combine investigative and operational support functions, research and training to provide free assistance to federal, state, local and foreign law enforcement agencies in the investigation of unusual or repetitive violent crimes.” The NCAVC also provides expertise and advice support on non-violent matters such as national security, corruption and white-collar crime investigations.”
Anyone who has seen the “Criminal Minds: Evolution” trailer knows why all three divisions will probably come into play in the coming case. And it should be fascinating to watch the BAU crew work alongside their FBI colleagues.