Safeguard Unit Chief reveals how the FBI supports its employees internally

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s Safeguard Unit Chief Sandra Milena Alicea will be a keynote speaker for Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy’s 2020 Winter Institute. Alicea has been with the FBI since 2002.

Alicea has experience in counterintelligence and counterterrorism operations and in cases pertaining to crimes against children. She has served in both Iraq and Colombia counterterrorism operations.

She currently serves as the FBI Safeguard Unit Chief. She oversees the administration of psychological/operational safeguard assessments for the high-risk assignments of covert and non-covert FBI employees and taskforce officers. 

Alicea earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in high risk populations, and a doctorate degree in general psychology. She is a native Spanish speaker.

Her keynote presentation at the 2020 Winter Institute will examine the use of personality tests by the FBI Safeguard Unit. The personality profiles of employees working in high risk operations can provide insight into how to promptly and effectively support employees when needed. Such support can include enhancing training curriculums, encouraging self-care practices, and developing a mentor support network for the employee to discuss their experiences. 

Supervisory Special Agent Alicea will present her keynote session “Behavioral Science for Law Enforcement and First Responders” at 9:15 a.m. in the La Sala Ballroom on Thursday. She will also present a workshop titled “FBI Safeguard Unit: History and Overview” in La Sala A at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday.

Tickets to the 2020 Winter Institute are available at