1st Edition

Police and Profiling in the United States Applying Theory to Criminal Investigations

    232 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Traditionally, criminal profiling texts have focused exclusively on the technicalities of conducting an investigation, but recent developments in criminal justice have encouraged greater consideration of the related fields of psychiatry, forensics, and sociology. Highlighting the current paradigm shift in criminology towards a cross-disciplinary understanding of behavior, Police and Profiling in the United States: Applying Theory to Criminal Investigations provides investigators with the insight necessary to view events, data, and evidence in the context of contemporary theory.

    Topics include:

    • Classical and determinist views on criminal behavior and social theories on crime
    • Inductive and deductive logic and the dangers of fallacies in logical reasoning
    • Childhood deviant behaviors and research on the historical search for an explanation of criminal behavior
    • Developing typologies based on different criminal characteristics
    • Sexually based offenses, serial and rage killings, and hero complex killers
    • The critical role of crime scenes in investigations and the Locard exchange principle
    • The value of geographic profiling in solving crimes and modern approaches such as COMPSTAT
    • Balancing the role of victims in crime solving with concern for their well-being

    The book concludes with scintillating profiles of 13 of the most notorious serial killers. Written in a practical and approachable manner, this book enables investigators to combine theory, instinct, and hunches with contemporary technology to construct a solid criminal profile.

    Disciplinary Contributions to Criminal Profiling
    Leaders in Criminal Profiling
    Theoretical Foundations
    Historical Evolution
    Criminological Theory
    Logic and Reasoning Practices
    Deductive and Inductive Logic
    Logic in Criminal Justice
    Childhood Indicators
    Historical Factors
    Psychological Determinants
    Sociological Determinants
    Motives and Criminal Typologies
    Motive Perspectives
    Criminal Typologies
    Sociological Factors
    Crime Scene Characteristics
    Sexually Based Offenses and Motivated Crimes
    Child and Sexual Abuse and Its Effects
    Sexual Violence
    Cycle of Violence or Abuse
    Sexual Perversion
    Cyber-Crimes and the Internet
    Sexual Addiction
    Sexually Violent Person
    Voyeurism (Peeping Toms)
    Love Stalker
    Serial and Rage Killers
    Types of Murder
    Basic Demographic Profile
    Past Profile
    Hero Complex Killers
    Primary Care Providers
    Public Service
    Crime Scene Indicators and Investigations
    Crime Scene
    First Officer on the Scene (Preliminary Investigator)
    Assessment of the Scene
    Collection of Data
    Chain of Custody
    Locard Principle and Trace Evidence
    CSA vs. CST vs. CSP?
    Geographic Profiling
    Geographic Profiling
    Distance Decay Theory
    Bayesian Method of Estimation
    Predictive Policing
    Rational Choice Theory in the 21st Century
    Social Disorganization Theory
    Environmental Criminology
    Broken Windows Theory
    Victim Selection Characteristics
    Lifestyle Theory
    Routine Activities Theory
    Research Methodology
    Crime Scene-Based Approaches
    Psychology-Based Approaches
    Appendix: Profiles of Notorious Serial Killers


    Lauren M. Barrow, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of criminal justice at Chestnut Hill College. Dr. Barrow teaches a wide range of criminal justice courses—including drug abuse, organizational behavior, criminal ethics, criminology, victimology, juvenile justice, and homeland security. She was a founding member of the New Jersey Alliance for Crime Victims with Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Barrow has conducted innovative research in the deaf community pertaining to its risk of victimization and authored a book entitled Criminal Victimization of the Deaf. She has instructed undergraduate and graduate students, both in class and online, for over ten years.

    Ron Rufo, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor at Kaplan University and also teaches at the City Colleges of Chicago. He has been a Chicago police officer for the past 18 years and has spent most of his career as a crime prevention speaker in the Preventive Programs Unit where he has given hundreds of presentations on profiling offenders, crime investigation, and street safety. Dr. Rufo has taught classes in crime scene investigation, police procedure, and policies and has been instrumental as a team leader in Chicago Police Department Peer Support Group. He authored the book Sexual Predators amongst Us and contributed to the book Terrorism and Property Management.

    Saul Arambula, Ed.D., is a Detective with the Chicago Police Department. Over his 18-year career, Dr. Arambula has investigated hundreds of homicides, shootings, kidnappings, criminal sexual assaults, robberies, and other violent crimes and has amassed more than 120 total departmental awards. He is currently working in the Criminal Registration Unit of the Chicago Police Department. He is tasked with interviewing and registering convicted murderers, sex offenders, and arsonists. Dr. Arambula continues to work on numerous crime related research ventures and has a special interest in teaching.

    "… empowers investigators to trust their ‘gut feelings’ by providing them with the theoretical knowledge and empirical evidence necessary to merge practical experience with statistically sound practices developing in the field. The profiles are amazing."
    —SirReada Lot.org