Criminal Personality

Criminal Personality

Criminal Personality Analysis or Profiling

In line with Heath B. Grant

about Criminal Personality in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

Despite being used as an investigative tool as far back as World War II, criminal personality profiling (also referred to as criminal investigative analysis or offender profiling) can still be best classified as an art rather than a scientific pursuit. Although clearly growing out of the behavioral sciences, as well as the practical experiences of law enforcement practitioners, profiling continues to be considered with a high degree of suspicion by psychologists and has begun only recently to receive the needed empirical attention. The psychological profile as an investigative tool helps to focus investigators on individuals with similar personality traits that parallel the traits of others who have committed similar offenses in the past. As an investigative strategy, a criminal profile allows investigators to narrow the field of options and generate educated guesses about the perpetrator.

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