Experimental Evaluation on the Utility of Burglary Profiles Applied in Active Police Investigations
This course is based upon material published in the journal Criminal Justice and Behavior by Sage Publications on behalf of the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology (IACFP). This course, including the continuing education credits are offered free of charge as a benefit to all IACFP members.
Abstract: This study evaluated the effect on burglary arrest rates when using statistically derived behavioral profiles for burglary offenses and offenders in active police investigations. To do this, an experiment was conducted where one police agency that used the profiles was compared with three matched police agencies that did not. Burglary arrest rates were studied 4 years before and 1 year after the profile was implemented. Results show that the arrest rates for the treated agency increased by 3 times as compared with the control agencies. The interaction effect between treatment/control agency and pretest/posttest arrest rates was significant, showing that the experimental intervention had an effect, after controlling for pre-existing differences between the agencies. These findings on the utility of offender profiling, the first to be derived from an experiment conducted in active police investigations, suggest that the statistically based behavioral profiles could be a useful tool in increasing arrest rates for police. Forensic and clinical psychologists can benefit from this course. In addition, this course is appropriate for social workers and professional counselors, especially those interested in forensic psychology or those who work within the criminal justice system. This course is appropriate for intermediate and advanced level practitioners.
Authors: Fox and Farrington
Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding the utility of burglary profiles in police investigations. Specifically, a professional will:
- Identify the effect on burglary arrest rates when statistically derived behavioral profiles are utilized.
- Distinguish the utility of using burglary profiles in police investigations.
- Describe burglary offense styles and how they relate to offender descriptions.
Citation: Fox, B.H. and Farrington, D.P. (2015). Experimental Evaluation on the Utility of Burglary Profiles Applied in Active Police Investigations. Criminal Justice and Behavior Vol 42 No 2. Reviewed by TM DiDona, PhD 2018 and found to be current. For a full list of current references, please Click Here
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