Profiling in Policy and Practice

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Psychological contributions to the investigation and prosecution of crime raise many important questions; about the ethical implications for such interventions, the appropriate ways in which they can be incorporated into law enforcement activities, their scientific validity and their legal acceptability. Drawing on the use of psychology in a range of actual criminal cases, the present volume answers these crucial questions about the implications of 'profiling' for policy and practice.. "The volume is essential reading for anyone who has a professional involvement in the use of psychological expertise in the investigative and legal processes. Students and researchers will find it to be a valuable reference source to a range of material not normally available. It will be of interest to everyone concerned with the rapidly growing utilisation of psychology by detectives and the courts.
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Introduces offender profiling in primarily British policy and practice, not shying away from ethical issues in the newer field of investigative psychology. As an alternative to a flawed system where the responsibility for solving a crime is thrust upon one fallible expert witness, Alison and Canter (investigative psychology, U. of Liverpool) recommend closer liaison and education of the persons involved in an inquiry, and empirically derived hypotheses operating within a social science model of behavior. This process is intended to support, as the last of nine essays is titled, "Trial by Judge and Jury, Not Criminal Psychologist." Lacks an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840147797
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Series: Offender Profiling Series
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 6.02 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Preface
1 Profiling in Policy and Practice 1
2 Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues in Offender Profiling 21
3 Mobsters are Human Too 55
4 Social Science Perspectives on the Analysis of Investigative Interviews 83
5 False Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse 103
6 Equivocal Death 123
7 Approaches to the Scientific Attribution of Authorship 157
8 Psychologists as Expert Witnesses 189
9 Criminal Profiling: Trial by Judge and Jury, not Criminal Psychologist 207
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