Profiling and Threat Assessment – CRJ346 at Oakland University

Syllabus — text.
Daniel B. Kennedy, Ph.D.
Oakland University

An examination of criminal profiling including crime scene profiling (inductive and deductive), psychological profiling, and suspect-based profiling. Misuse of ethnic and racial profiling, and advantages of behavioral profiling. Related concepts such as equivocal death analysis (psychologi- cal autopsy) and case linkage analysis. Distinctions between psychopaths and sociopaths. Geograph- ical profiling of serial killers and rapists. Meloy’s 18 Factor Biopsychosocial Model of Threat Assessment, and principles of violence risk assessment. Applications to school shooters, workplace violence, rampage shooters, suicide terrorists, prisoners, patients, and community settings. Management of stalking behavior, courtship disorder, and paraphilias. Empirical validity versus media sensationalism of profiling and threat assessment. Uses of profiling in intelligence analysis. Threats posed by individuals, places, and situations.

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