Profiling research is aimed at understanding how behaviors exhibited during a crime can help infer characteristics of an offender. This is often expressed as the A->C equation, i.e. Actions to Characteristics. The IPRU focuses on empirical methods of profiling and conducts research in collaboration with law enforcement agencies internationally to aid in improving behavioral crime analysis.
Serial Crime & Linking
Research in this area explores the methodology of behaviorally linking serial crimes. Current IPRU research focuses on the reliability of differentiating crime scenes of different offenders (i.e. individual differentiation) and the consistency of linking crime scenes attributed to the same offender (i.e. behavioral consistency). The key methodological issue that we focus on is how to operationally define consistency in order to fully capture the dynamic nature of behavioral patterns across crimes.
Profiling & Application in Practice
The IPRU is focused on bridging the gap between research and practice, including the legal context, police decision-making, and risk-assessment in the criminal justice system.
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