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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. Canadian Journal of Police and Security Services, 5 (3). pp. 169-179. ISSN 1709-8769

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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: Canadian Journal of Police and 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: 03 Dec 2016 00:01
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/10989

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