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What it is...
Criminal profiling, also known as "Criminal Investigative Analysis," is a behavioral and investigative tool which is intended to help investigators identify characteristics of unknown criminal offenders.
The presumption is that a properly-trained profiler can identify behaviors involved in a crime and provide an assessment as to the type of person who may have committed the crime.
The concept of criminal personality profiling is based on years of research, training, and the study of cases, with no magic, crystal balls, ESP, or mystic visions involved.
Most of us in law enforcement were initially trained to look for the "Who, What, When, Where and How." But at the bottom of the list was always the word "WHY?".
It is an eclectic process in which we start at the bottom of the list, seek out the "WHY," and if that can be shown, we may have motive ...and motive may show intent and help ID a suspect.
TV shows such as "Criminal Minds," and the Academy Award winning movie "Silence of the Lambs," are and were based on concepts developed and cases worked by FBI agents attached to the Behavioral Science Unit. Please understand: What we do does not parallel TV shows or movies. Their purpose is entertainment. Ours is factual analysis.
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