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Profiling in Policy and Practice
     

Profiling in Policy and Practice

by David Canter, Laurence Alison
 

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'Profilers' and 'Profiling' are now widely discussed, often with almost mythical respect. This is the first volume to cut through the confusions and misunderstandings surrounding this topic to report on detailed, original, scientific research that examines the variations in criminal behaviour from which any 'profile' must be derived. The studies included examine

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'Profilers' and 'Profiling' are now widely discussed, often with almost mythical respect. This is the first volume to cut through the confusions and misunderstandings surrounding this topic to report on detailed, original, scientific research that examines the variations in criminal behaviour from which any 'profile' must be derived. The studies included examine both early approaches to the field and the future problems and potential for an Investigative Psychology approach of offender profiling. This book will be of great value to all those who have been waiting for a scientific, psychological basis to police investigations. It will be read with interest by those who want to get behind the rhetoric and controversy that surrounds 'offender profiling' and require an up to date account of current research and recent discoveries.

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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 (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781138276765
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/16/2016
Series:
Offender Profiling Series
Pages:
280

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