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Investigative Psychology - Offender Profiling and the Analysis of Criminal Action Hardcover – 25 Sep 2009
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This is the first academic textbook for the new strand of psychological science called Investigative Psychology. It draws upon over 20 years of research studies and professional reports as well as unpublished material. This research is gradually providing solutions for crimes from arson or burglary to stalking and serial killing. Throughout, it is structured according to the operational challenges the research informs. These extend beyond what can be inferred about a perpetrator's likely characteristics, to questions about suspects, linking offences to a common offender, locating an offender's likely home base and predicting where and when the next offence will be committed.Additionally, the book provides a comprehensive commentary on the processes central to the effective investigation and successful prosecution of crime. Three broad processes are considered: the retrieval, evaluation and utilization of investigative information; strategic and tactical decision making in investigations; the preparation and presentation of the legal case in court. The book recognizes that this is a lively new area of activity and captures the debates inherent in this developing domain.Topics discussed include the impact of genetics, social processes and eyewitness testimony, amongst others.
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Until the development of Investigative Psychology, 'profiling' was based on little more than the informed personal expertise of experienced detectives. Spearheaded by David Canter and his associates, the new discipline of Investigative Psychology has emerged out of a quarter century of research and involvement in many actual cases.
This ground-breaking text is the first to provide a detailed overview of the field, from the earliest work through to recent studies, including descriptions of previously unpublished internal reports. Crucially it provides a framework for students to explore this exciting terrain, combining Narrative Theory and an Action Systems framework. It includes empirically tested models for Offender Profiling and guidance for investigations, as well as an agenda for research in Investigative Psychology.
Investigative Psychology features:
- The full range of crimes from fraud to terrorism, including burglary, serial killing, arson, rape, and organised crime.
- Important methodologies including multi-dimensional scaling and the Radex approach as well as Social Network Analysis.
- Geographical Offender Profiling, supported by detailed analysis of the underlying psychological processes that make this such a valuable investigative decision support tool.
- The full range of investigative activities, including effective information collection, detecting deception and the development of decision support systems.
In effect, this text introduces an exciting new paradigm for a wide range of psychological contributions to all forms of investigation within and outside of law enforcement. Each chapter has actual cases and quotations from offenders and ends with questions for discussion and research, making this a valuable text for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Applied and Forensic Psychology, Criminology, Socio-Legal Studies and related disciplines.
Visit the companion website at www.wileyeurope.com/college/canter for teaching resources and student resources on research methodologies linked to the book.See all Product description
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The book enables the reader to journey through the early foundation of IP, on to the fundamental principles from which IP is built, to where IP is currently at and then onto where IP hopes to be. The Chapter on criminal narratives is especially interesting as it shows the reader the basis of how the authors have generated a unique way of understanding offenders and their actions. The narrative is taken from the area of literature and it is in the understanding of the roles that offenders assign themselves too in their life story`s. Through identifying the role that the offender has assigned themselves, Investigative Psychologists can then draw on this in an effort to understand the offender behind the crime.
The text offers advice to broad range of individuals from those in academia to the police onto those working in a legal capacity. It is through bridging the gap between disciplines that will intimately result in a greater process of investigating crime. This seminal book is an important reference point for anyone involved in tackling crime. It shows that not only are serious crimes such as Murder and Rape open to the investigative psychological approach (as is widely assumed) but Fraud, Terrorism and even Burglary can be tackled by using the principles of what the discipline is built on - understanding the offender behind the offense.
The book covers a wide range of areas in which Forensic Psychologist are or maybe involved. This includes everything from a general introduction into the role of an Investigative (forensic) Psychologist (part 1), to various statistical and qualitative methods, using empirical data to gain a deeper understanding of aspects of criminality (part 2), through to the application of the methods to different forms of crime, such as: burglary; murder; terrorism; sexual offences; organised crime (Part 3).
From an academic perspective, which is what this book is, it is saturated with references to the author's own previous works. This is distracting to say the least and unusual in academic writing as most good works not only build on previous work from other scholars, but will present alternative arguments or methods, which this book does not, although there are some very suitable alternative methods used by other practitioners.
In some cases, this book is actually inaccurate. For example, in the 'investigative' interviewing chapter. I quote "Under British Law it is very important that there is no hint that a person is assumed to be guilty until the court has issued a verdict. Therefore when a suspect is arrested it is crucial that the police do not indicate that they believe that person to be guilty." (p. 394). Of course, if you consider that an individual under arrest is told under caution 'that they have been arrested on suspicion of xxx and that anything they say may be used as evidence in court', it is naive at best that the authors take this line as it is clearly unhelpful to be so in accurate. Fortunately the book does not stand or fall by this error, though it is noteworthy.
The major omission from the book is the lack of an acknowledgment that there are many offenders (typically non-apprehended) out there that do not fall into the the type of work presented in this book, which has derived from the empirical data collected on apprehended offenders. For example, whilst I was writing up my own research into non-apprehended burglars for peer reviewed publication (now in press), I was unable to find anything in the book that could help to support or explain the results in my research.