1st Edition

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

ISBN 9781466504356
Published July 15, 2013 by Routledge
232 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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