Category Archives: Criminal Profiling

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GOP hopeful Donald Trump suggests criminal profiling for Muslims

Donald Trump says the country should “seriously” consider profiling Muslims in the United States as a terrorism-fighting tool.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee says other countries use profiling and “it’s not the worst thing to do.”

In an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Trump said, “I hate the concept of profiling, but we have to start using common sense” and “look at it seriously.”

His comments came in a discussion on the Orlando nightclub massacre by shooter Omar Mateen, who is Muslim, and past comments by Trump to the effect that if elected president in November he “respectfully” would place mosques under surveillance.

Trump asserted that Israel practices racial profiling, and that France also places mosques under surveillance.

“They’re doing it in France. In fact, in some instances, they’re closing down mosques. People don’t want to talk about it. People aren’t talking about it. But look at what they’re doing in France. They’re actually

Read more at: http://www.dailysabah.com/americas/2016/06/19/gop-hopeful-donald-trump-suggests-criminal-profiling-for-muslims

Criminal Profiling: Controversy or Confusion?

The controversy over the use of profiling techniques seems to be more a miscommunication about the different types of profiling techniques available and how these techniques are used rather than by a difference in ideology among Americans concerned about stereotyping.

The combination of forensic evidence and behavioral analysis has served as the foundation for crime scene analysis and suspect apprehension since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created the fictional character Sherlock Holmes and, thus, introduced the idea of using science as an aid in criminal investigation. This same collection of information serves as the basis for the development of an effective criminal profile when combined with an accurate analysis of human behavior.

Criminal profiling is distinguished from psychological profiling although each group is somewhat dependent on the other to share information and statistical data regarding human behavior and the generalizations we draw from murder statistics or psychological studies.

Professionals from the psychological community develop

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Ted Bundy: The Boy Next Door

He was 31 years old in 1978. He was a handsome man, by most people’s accounts. His physical characteristics would have read well in a personal advertisement in the back of any local newspaper or on a website for singles. He was tall, slender with his height and weight proportional to his slender, athletic build. He attended law school and had also received a degree in psychology. He played tennis at the local country clubs and wore white tennis shoes. His name was Theodore Robert Bundy. His friends called him “Ted.”

When referring to Ted, most people remarked that he was handsome, nice-looking, or attractive. “There was a special dapperness about him,” writes Richard W. Larsen, Bundy: the deliberate stranger. Even the men envied his good looks and long brown hair, Larsen continues. Ted was often described using words such as: “very sharp young chap” or “nice-looking young man” or

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Eight years on, the mystery of Annie McCann’s ‘death by Bactine …


Annie McCann with her dog, Breezy Max, at home in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County in the summer of 2008. She was found dead in Baltimore on Nov. 2, 2008, and her parents are still trying to find out how and why it happened. (Family photo)

The nightmare started one Halloween, literally, for Dan and Mary Jane McCann. Their 16-year-old daughter Annie ran away from their Fairfax County, Va., home, having made up candy bags for trick-or-treaters the night before. She left a note saying she had considered suicide, but instead decided “I’m buying a plane ticket far away from here…I love life, and I’m ready to live.” She took her $1,000 cash savings and her jewelry with her in the family’s white Volvo. Annie’s parents and friends had no inkling that the honor roll student and devoted homebody was in any way unhappy with her life.

That was

Read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2016/11/02/eight-years-on-the-mystery-of-annie-mccanns-death-by-bactine-keeps-unfolding/

Conversation on area crime, violence has far-reaching possibilities

Residents of Shreveport came out Saturday to discuss problems related to crime and violence.

Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler, area law enforcement agencies, community leaders and residents participated in “It’s Everyone’s Concern,” an open dialogue that offered information about what is being done and what members of the public can do to ensure the integrity of Shreveport by promoting the health and safety of the overall community.

“We will walk away from here with some concrete actions,” Tyler told attendees as she opened Saturday’s event and laid out the agenda for the day’s events.

Attendees were encouraged to register

Read more at: http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/news/crime/2016/10/22/conversation-area-crime-violence-has-far-reaching-possibilities/92591662/

How A Debate Over Racial Profiling Gets Lost In Nazi Analogies …

Sixty years ago John F. Kennedy profiled senators who exhibited unusual courage in Profiles in Courage.  Today, our public figures have jettisoned courage for hyperbole to shield themselves from hard questions and debates.

I am so sick of people blithely using Nazi analogies for political gain.  Too often public figures are throwing around comparisons to Hitler, the Gestapo, or the Nazis in general.  This should be way out of bounds in our political debate for two primary reasons.

First and foremost, it’s despicable.  Invoking the Nazis to win an argument in American political debate trivializes the unspeakable evil of the actual Nazis and shows disrespect to those who suffered at their hands.  Perhaps one can say that when ISIS burns children alive it evokes the cruelty of the Nazis, but beyond that, let’s stop the Nazi analogies.

The second reason the analogies must stop if that they end all hope of us having

Read more at: http://dailycaller.com/2016/10/02/how-a-debate-over-racial-profiling-gets-lost-in-nazi-analogies/

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Securiport Civil Aviation and Immigration Security Services provide a comprehensive security package that includes expert systems and support services for immigration processing, passenger biometric recognition, and intelligent information management and reporting for criminal profiling and the detection of persons of interest.

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How A Debate Over Racial Profiling Gets Lost In Nazi Analogies

Sixty years ago John F. Kennedy profiled senators who exhibited unusual courage in Profiles in Courage.  Today, our public figures have jettisoned courage for hyperbole to shield themselves from hard questions and debates.

I am so sick of people blithely using Nazi analogies for political gain.  Too often public figures are throwing around comparisons to Hitler, the Gestapo, or the Nazis in general.  This should be way out of bounds in our political debate for two primary reasons.

First and foremost, it’s despicable.  Invoking the Nazis to win an argument in American political debate trivializes the unspeakable evil of the actual Nazis and shows disrespect to those who suffered at their hands.  Perhaps one can say that when ISIS burns children alive it evokes the cruelty of the Nazis, but beyond that, let’s stop the Nazi analogies.

The second reason the analogies must stop if that they end all hope of us having

Read more at: http://dailycaller.com/2016/10/02/how-a-debate-over-racial-profiling-gets-lost-in-nazi-analogies/

Not all police profiling is race-based or wrong headed

 

Behavioral recognition has received some media attention as the TSA has announced they, like their counterparts in other countries, use behavioral recognition on the job. Behavioral recognition in policing is quite different, as it requires an almost innate combination of training and on-the-job experience  to come together and form an opinion on what may be illicit activity or what may be just normal behavior on that particular beat at that particular time.

The problem in today’s politically correct society is that much of behavioral recognition can also be labeled “profiling”. It is extremely important to remember that profiling itself is not racial profiling, which is a violation of one’s civil rights. Knowing your “beat,” or the area in where you work, along with who lives and frequents that area and what behaviors are normal in that area are all vital components to being a

Read more at: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/crime/299033-not-all-police-profiling-is-race-based-or-wrong-headed