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Criminal Profiling Belief and Use: A Study of Canadian Police Officer Opinion.

Snook, Brent and Haines, Amanda and Taylor, Paul J. and Bennell, Craig (2007) Criminal Profiling Belief and Use: A Study of Canadian Police Officer Opinion. THE CANADIAN JOURNAL OF POLICE & SECURITY SERVICES, 5 (3). pp. 169-179. ISSN 1911-0227

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    Abstract

    Fifty-one Canadian police officers, working in major crime divisions, were interviewed about their experiences with criminal profiling (CP), and their beliefs about its utility and validity. The majority of officers agreed that CP helps solve cases, is a valuable investigative tool, and advances investigator understanding of a case. Few officers agreed that CP should be used as evidence in court, should be used for all types of crimes, and that there is no risk of a profi ler misdirecting an investigation. Of those officers that used CP in an investigation, most indicated that it contributed to their investigation, that the profiler made accurate predictions, and that the profile was operationally useful. In sum, most officers appear to have accepted the utility and, to a lesser extent, the validity of CP, but believe that its application should be limited to

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: THE CANADIAN JOURNAL OF POLICE & SECURITY SERVICES
    Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
    ID Code: 10989
    Deposited By: Dr Paul Taylor
    Deposited On: 29 Jul 2008 11:36
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 30 Sep 2013 11:52
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/10989

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