Based in Quantico, Virginia, the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) is a subsection of the FBI. Called in by local police departments to assist in solving crimes of a serial and/or extremely violent nature where the perpetrator is unknown (referred to by the Unit as the unknown subject or unsub for short), the BAU uses the controversial scientific art of profiling to track and apprehend the unsub. Profiling entails coming up with basic characteristics of the unsub and the victims (referred to as the victimology), using evidence from the case and matching that information to historic precedents and psychological analyses as a means to solve the case. Because of the nature of the work conducted by the BAU - the work being time consuming and psychologically demanding - its members are fiercely loyal to the Unit and to its other members. Also because of the work's overall demanding nature, not many members of the BAU have been able to maintain a happy or stable family life.
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Penelope Garcia was hired by the F.B.I. as a technical analyst after she was arrested for illegally hacking into their computer database. She was given the choice of working for the Bureau or being sent to federal prison. See more
The series has many instances where records that would only be stored in print form are actually stored digitally. These include employment records from closed businesses, foreign birth/death records and incorporation documents where the participants are seeking anonymity. See more
[Aaron's brother Sean emerges angrily from Aaron's office. Garcia, Elle, and J.J. are watching
THAT'S Aaron Hotch's brother?
Jennifer "JJ" Jareau
Sorry, I just don't see it.
Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner
[Aaron appears at the door of his office
Sean, all I'm saying is, you're 25 years old. It's normal for people in your position to seek alternatives...
You know what? DON'T profile me Aaron!
[Sean continues to storm away
Jennifer "JJ" Jareau
Now, I can see it...