Essay On Offender Profiling

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Forensic Psychology Offender Profiling P1: *Offender profiling is a set of techniques and tools that uses psychological theory and methods to improve criminal investigations. It is a very new field of psychology, and is based on the observation and not the theory. The use of offender profiling in both investigations has become popular and with the pressure to use it as evidence in court, it is important that an in-depth investigation is made into its validity and that it is backed by observation research. Offender profiling is also known as criminal profiling, criminal personality profiling, criminological profiling, behavioral profiling or criminal investigative analysis. There are so many different names because of the multiple television shows such as Profiler in the 1990s and The Silence of the Lambs.* ** In 1986, police forces across the south of England were struggling to find the Railway Rapist who was then renamed the Railway Killer after murdering a victim for the first time. Dr. David Canter, a psychologist and criminologist from the University of Surrey, was invited to compose British crime's first offender profile. When John Duffy was later arrested, charged and convicted, it turned out 13 of Canter's 17 proclamations about the perpetrator were accurate.** • *Taken from http://web.jjay.cuny.edu/~gsalfati/Research.htm • **Taken from Wikipedia, Dr David Canter *Offender profiling is a method of identifying the perpetrator of a crime based on an analysis of the nature of the…show more content…
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