Offender Profiling Research Paper by Nicky

Offender Profiling
A discussion on whether offender profiling can be considered essential and effective or intrusive.
# 128934 | 4,534 words | 10 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper serves as an in-depth view of offender profiling, a technique often used by law enforcement and other security professionals to develop ideas and potential leads about the who, what, when and where of crime. Offender profiling, and particularly what is termed racial profiling has come under extreme fire from many areas of the community, leveling against law enforcement that they apply profiling in a manner that is intrusive and violates personal rights and yet offender profiling is an essential aspect of law enforcement for both prevention of and investigation of crime. The paper discusses both the informal aspects of offender profiling as well as the training aspects of offender profiling and discuss ways in which it is essential to investigative and prevention work in the face of crime and community protection from it.

Value of Offender Profiling
The Special Case of Terrorism
Some Examples of Effective Use of Offender Profiling
Offender Profiling Rapists
Offender Profiling Utilizing Physical MO
Robbery/ Forced Entry Profiles
Community Partnership Profile Training

From the Paper:

"The value of offender profiling is unquestionable, as the development of an idea regarding the who, what and why aspects of criminal behavior is essential to allowing police officers in the field to seek out and detain those who are "most" likely to be involved in criminal activities that have occurred. Offender profiling is especially important in crimes that leave little evidence and no witnesses but are particularly heinous and damaging to the community. Such as murder, serial stranger attacks like sex crimes or even violent or sex crimes that involve individuals known to the victim. Property violations also have a particular offender profile, and police officers are trained to seek out clues from the physical evidence that help create an idea of who, when and why the property crime occurred. There are a set of sort of blanket offender profiles that can be utilized and added to by officers investigating crime that help them brainstorm possible leads to criminals. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Califano, J. A. (1998, October). A New Prescription: Investing in Substance-Abuse Treatment Would Take a Big Bite out of Crime. Washington Monthly, 30, 9.
  • Evans, D. J., Fyfe, N. R., & Herbert, D. T. (Eds.). (1992). Crime, Policing, and Place: Essays in Environmental Criminology. New York: Routledge.
  • Glenn, R. W., Panitch, B. R., Barnes-Proby, D., Williams, E., Christian, J., Lewis, M. W., et al. (2003). Training the 21st Century Police Officer : Redefining Police Professionalism for the Los Angeles Police Department /. Santa Monica, CA: Rand.
  • Groth, A. N. (1979). Men Who Rape: The Psychology of the Offender. New York: Plenum Press.
  • Harris, D. (2002). Flying While Arab: Lessons from the Racial Profiling Controversy. Civil Rights Journal, 6(1), 8.

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