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Criminal & Behavioral Profiling

Criminal & Behavioral Profiling

October 2012 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
What is the job of a "criminal profiler" really like? We see these roles played out nightly on tv shows and in the news, but how does law enforcement today actually use empirical data to correctly assess behaviour and help solve crimes, particularly serial crimes?

Criminal and Behavioral Profiling, written by well-established authors Curt and Anne Bartol, presents a realistic and empirically-based look at the theory, research, and practice of modern criminal profiling, or, as it's more professionally termed, behavioural analysis or behavioural investigative analysis. Designed for use in a variety of criminal justice and psychology courses, the book delves into the process of identifying distinctive behavioural tendencies, geographical locations, demographic, and biographical descriptors of offenders, and personality traits, based on characteristics of the crime. Timely literature and case studies from the rapidly growing international research in criminal profiling help students understand the best practices, major pitfalls, and psychological concepts that are key to this process.

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Crime Scene Profiling
Chapter 3: Scientific Approaches to Crime Scene Profiling
Chapter 4: Geographic Profiling and Mapping
Chapter 5: Profiling Applied to Specific Crimes
Chapter 6: Psychological Profiling: A Focus on Threat and Risk Assessment
Chapter 7: Suspect-Based Profiling
Chapter 8: Reconstructive Psychological Evaluation: The Psychological Autopsy
Chapter 9: Profiling In Court

I found this book lively and engaging, with interesting coverage of the subject area.

Whilst it was somewhat too specialised to be a core text for forensic and criminal psychology, it is certainly valuable reading for any student of such a discipline...

Dr Laura Hammond
School of Human & Health Sciences, Huddersfield University
January 27, 2013

This is a very interesting book which identifies key aspects using excellent examples. Very good for students with a keen interest in profiling. Have recommended this issue to my students.

Miss Sharron Stillyards
health and social care, northlindsey college
January 22, 2013

Theoretical and practical approaches to criminal and behavioural profiling are presented in a way that is both engaging and interesting. The use of real life case studies brings the subject alive. Key concepts are addressed in a clear and methodological manner.

Ms Diane Jones
Department of Criminology, University of Leicester
January 18, 2013

Interesting read

Miss Michelle Dadamo
Forensic Science, Bridgend College
December 11, 2012

This is a useful book for the proposed BA in Investigative Practice. The only issue is that it is based on the USA. I am currently trying to find a more UK orientated book

Mr Bob Lyman
School of Social Studies, Northampton University
November 9, 2012

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