For the purpose of providing a consistent standard of excellence in the service of law enforcement agencies throughout the world, we, the graduates of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Police Fellowship Program and the International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship (ICIAF, Inc.) Understudy Program, together with Associate, Understudy, Affiliate, and Honorary members of ICIAF, Inc., bring ourselves together so that our collective voice can be raised to encourage and maintain the integrity and quality of criminal investigative analysis functions, behaviorally oriented investigative techniques, National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) and other ICIAF, Inc generated research, and the development of new programs designed to meet the critical needs of law enforcement agencies throughout the world. To these ends, we pledge to always conduct ourselves in a manner that will lend dignity to the profession and the nations we serve.


In 1972, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Academy’s Behavioral Science Unit initiated criminal personality profiling on an informal basis, formalizing it in 1978.  FBI profilers were specifically assigned the task of assisting law enforcement agencies in nonfederal investigations of crimes of violence in 1983.  Cases involving a crime or series of crimes of violence that remained unsolved, whereby all investigative leads had been exhausted, were then submitted to the FBI for criminal personality profiling.¹

In 1984, the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) initiated a program that offered training to law enforcement officers from states within the United States in the analysis of criminal behavior; specifically, criminal investigative analysis/personality profiling.  This training program was initially named the National Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship (NCIAF), and in 1989, one non-USA citizen from Canada and one Dutchmen were among those police officers trained by the FBI.  During the following year, two Australians, and another Canadian were also included in the FBI training program.  The NCIAF was then re-named the International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship (ICIAF), and those officers (Fellows) who had completed the program returned to Quantico, Virginia annually for in-service meetings.²

When the FBI discontinued their training program of police officers from other jurisdictions in 1991, several Fellows attending the 1992 ICIAF annual meeting designed an understudy program to replicate the training they had received from the NCAVC.  To date, the ICIAF has trained approximately 37 understudies from various countries throughout the world, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Today, the ICIAF is comprised of two divisions: the Criminal Investigative Analysis Division and the Geographic Profiling Division.  Within each division are members comprised of Full Fellows, Associate Fellows, Understudies, Affiliate Fellows, and Honorary members.  Members from all over the world have represented a vast number of law enforcement agencies throughout the history of the ICIAF.

Some of these agencies have included the following:


  • New South Wales Police Force
  • Queensland Police Service
  • South Australia Police
  • Victoria Police


  • Ontario Provincial Police
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Surete du Quebec


  • Dutch National Police Agency

United Kingdom

  • National Crime Agency

United States

  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • California Department of Justice
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Georgia Bureau of Investigation
  • Illinois State Police
  • Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
  • Minnesota State Police
  • Naval Criminal Investigative Service
  • Nebraska State Patrol
  • New Jersey State Police
  • New York Police Department
  • South Carolina Law Enforcement Division
  • Texas Rangers
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • Virginia State Police


  1. Hazelwood RR., Ressler RK, Depue RL., Douglas JE: Criminal personality profiling: An overview, in Practical Aspects of Rape Investigation: A Multidisciplinary Approach, Edited by Hazelwood RR, Burgess AW.  Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 1993, pp. 137-149
  2. (R. MacKay, personal communication, September 19, 2011) *Ron MacKay was the original Chair of the ICIAF Education Committee in 1992.