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Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of using offender profiling techniques in the...

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billp0 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted January 23, 2010 at 6:39 PM via web

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Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of using offender profiling techniques in the investigation of crime?

Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of using offender profiling techniques in the investigation of crime?

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted January 23, 2010 at 7:11 PM (Answer #2)

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A weakness of profiling is that it gives investigators a pre-conceived idea of the type of person that has committed the crime. This may cause them to overlook or misinterpret evidence associated with the crime or possibly overlook a suspect simply because they do not fit the profile. The advantage could be that if statistics show that a certain profile is more likely to commit the crime, you can eliminate some "suspects" if they do not fit the profile. I also feel that profiling may lead to officers jumping to conclusions before they are ready to.

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lynn30k | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted January 23, 2010 at 7:51 PM (Answer #3)

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An advantage is that if you know a lot about how a person has committed crimes in the past, you may also know where, when, and if they are likely to repeat their crimes. So the benefit is not only to catch someone who has done a single crime, it can help lay a trap of sorts before another attempt.

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted January 24, 2010 at 7:01 AM (Answer #4)

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An advantage is that they can strengthen efforts and concentrate on predicted patterns to save resources. A disadvantage is that they might come up with the wrong suspect. This could lead to profiling for incorrect purposes.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted June 3, 2010 at 6:01 PM (Answer #5)

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Some advantages of profiling is that it may prevent a person from committing more crimes in the future because the person was apprehended faster. Another advantage of profiling is that investigators can gain more insight on criminal behavior.

A disadvantage of profiling is that people may match certain characteristics that the profiler is looking for but not be the criminal they are looking for.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 18, 2011 at 3:33 AM (Answer #6)

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A strength of offender profiling is that it gives investigators another avenue to the crime. When there is not much physical evidence, psychological evidence may be useful. Profiling is also quicker in cases where time is of the essence, such as serial killings or abductions. The disadvantage is that profiling requires extensive skill and training. Even regular law enforcement officers can do some profiling, but profiling requires the disciple to weed through the minutiae and find the important things but not get so caught up in them that you miss other things. Human begins are still unpredictable.

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