1st Edition

Profiling Cop-Killers

ISBN 9781482211412
Published January 7, 2014 by Routledge
278 Pages 71 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Drawing heavily on original research designed to train police officers to survive deadly encounters, Profiling Cop-Killers examines the sociological history, psychology, and motives of 50 murderers of police officers in 2011. The book identifies the commonalities and differences between groups of offenders by age, examining the previously hidden connections between an offender’s lethal choices, criminal history, drug and alcohol usage, and interpersonal relationships.

Using Erikson’s theory of life span development, the author applies the test of the struggle for identity to offender profiles, words, and actions—analyzing the interaction of offenders’ maturity levels, mastery of challenges by phase, and degree of deviancy exhibited in their violent acts. The book also includes a closer look at diagnoses of concern and the crossroads of offender behavior and officer actions.

This book aims to equip those who work with offenders, police officers, and the mentally ill to read the signs of future violence. Demonstrating the complex set of circumstances that may lead an individual to commit these crimes, this book will challenge readers to think differently about the people who take the lives of law enforcement officers. In doing so, it seeks to answer the question: Who are cop-killers and why do they commit the ultimate crime of violence against the peacekeepers of society?

Table of Contents

Gangster Walk: Teen Cop-Killers

Wild Boys: Cop-Killers in Their Early Twenties

Deterioration: Cop-Killers in Their Late Twenties

Self-Destruction: Cop-Killers in Their Early Thirties

Hard-Core: Cop-Killers in Their Late Thirties

Disturbed: Cop-Killers in Their Early Forties

High and Low: Cop-Killers in Their Late Forties

Ultraviolence: Cop-Killers in Their Early Fifties

Unpredictable: Elderly Cop-Killers

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Ann R. Bumbak has more than a decade of experience as a police officer and federal agent. She has served in a number of law enforcement roles, from patrol and field training officer with the Dallas Police Department to undercover antiterrorist operative after 9/11 and, finally, as an accomplished trainer of police officers, managers, and executives. A former train-the-trainer program manager with the state of Maryland, Ann has provided consulting expertise for agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), supporting the design of high-quality training solutions for law enforcement.