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Investigative Psychology...

Upcoming conferences:

British Academy conference: Using Behavioural Science to Target Prolific Criminals

Date: 17th & 18th October 2016

Price: £80 or £25 retired/students

Venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

Submission deadline: Closed

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Review of Canter & Youngs Investigative Psychology textbook

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4th IJJO conference in Rome, November 2010

For a limited time only: discounted membership to IAIP for final year postgraduate students

Useful link of European criminology conferences

Full listing of UK and worldwide criminology and forensic psychology courses on our training page

International Police Executive Symposium, Kerala, India, October 2010

Full details click here or visit the website

Unlike other international conferences, IPES meetings offer all the registered and paid participants and their paid spouses fully free hospitality, cultural shows, sightseeing, free transportation inside the conference city and to and from the airport, free subscription to Police Practice and Research: An International Journal and invite to fully participate in the post-conference book.

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Full interview with Colonel Gerard Labuschagne in Members Only area

searching a suspect's home

Gerard at work

GPS plotting

News article: Smiling pervert jailed

News article: Serial rapist suspect nabbed

News article: How police nabbed alleged serial killer



Forensic Psychology: A Very Short Introduction by David Canter

Lie detection, offender profiling, jury selection, insanity in the law, predicting the risk of re offending , the minds of serial killers and many other topics that fill news and fiction are all aspects of the rapidly developing area of scientific psychology broadly known as Forensic Psychology. Forensic Psychology: A Very Short Introduction discusses all the aspects of psychology that are relevant to the legal and criminal process as a whole.


Guardian article: The psychology of catching burglars

An insight into the work of Professor David Canter and the University of Huddersfield



Criminal Behavior: A Psychological Approach (Hardcover) by Curt R. Bartol and Anne M. Bartol.

Book description: This text approaches the understanding of delinquent and criminal behavior from a psychological perspective–with particular focus on the developmental, cognitive-behavioral aspects of offending. Viewing the juvenile and adult offender as being embedded and continually influenced by multiple systems, it highlights how psychological, social, economic, political and ecological factors all play a role in influencing individual behavior.  Streamlined in this edition, it offers a separate chapter on delinquency, updated examples and more on the link between psychology and specific crimes.
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International Handbook of Victimology (Hardcover) by Shlomo Giora Shoham, Paul Knepper, Martin Kett
Book description: Describing current research and identifying new ideas and topics of concern, the book collectively presents the “state-of-the-art” of the field today. In doing so, it helps to inform contemporary understanding of an eternal societal plague.
Those wishing to continue their studies should consult the International Handbook of Criminology and the International Handbook of Penology and Criminal Justice, which complete the trilogy.
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Managing High Risk Sex Offenders in the Community (Hardcover) by Karen Harrison (Editor)
Book description: Sex offenders, and in particular paedophiles, have been the subject of much political and media attention, and there have been intensive debates about the best way of dealing with them. This book explores these issues: it evaluates the measures in use or being considered, including drug treatment, MAPPA, the use of the Sex Offender Register, satellite-tracking technology, restorative justice techniques, and a partial 'Sarah's Law'.
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Forensic Psychology of Criminal Minds, The (Berkley Us) (Paperback) by Katherine Ramsland (Author)
Book description: Week after week, the hit Living TV show Criminal Minds gives viewers a look inside the psyches of the fictional serial killers tracked by the BAU (Behavioural Analysis Unit). This elite team of FBI agents travels the US assisting law enforcement officials by examining the crime scene, ''profiling'' the perpetrator and aiding in arrest and interrogation. In The Forensic Science of Criminal Minds, Katherine Ramsland reveals how reality differs from fiction and how forensic psychologists actually use their knowledge of human behaviour and motivations.
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When Kids Kill: Unthinkable Crimes of Lost Innocence by Jonathan Paul
Book description: Jonathan Paul goes behind the sensationalist headlines of 'child killers' to investigate why these crimes happen examines child homicide in today's violent, confusing world and contextualises it against the cruel unforgiving retribution of yesterday. Children are increasingly experimenting with drugs and committing offences, but there are those who commit the worst possible crimes: to end another person's life before their own could properly have begun. The cases are shocking but sometimes the path towards them is even more so. This is a fascinating exploration of disturbing events aimed at discovering what happens when childhood is trodden underfoot, and when and why kids kill.
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Title: Necrophilia and Sexual Homicide
Authors: Michelle L. Stein,1 M.A.; Louis B. Schlesinger,1 Ph.D.; and Anthony J. Pinizzotto,2 Ph.D.
Journal of Forensic Science

Title: Explaining the relationship between age and crime: Contributions from the developmental literature on personality
Author: Daniel M. Blonigen
Clinical Psychological Review

Title: Can the Elimination Lineup Procedure Overcome Lineup Bias: Comparison of Procedures
Authors: Joanna D. Pozzulo; Julie L. Dempsey; Christine Clarke
Journal of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law

Bull, R. (2010). The investigative interviewing of children and other vulnerable witnesses: Psychological research and working/professional practice. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 15, 5–23.

Porter, S. & ten Brinke, L. (2010). The truth about lies: What works in detecting high-stakes deception? Legal and Criminological Psychology, 15, 57–75.;jsessionid=3klfl3idum70c.alexandra

Brewer, N. & Palmer, M.A. (2010). Eyewitness identification tests. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 15, 77–96.

Alison, L., Goodwill, A., Almond, L., van den Heuvel, C., & Winter, J. (2010). Pragmatic solutions to offender profiling and behavioural investigative advice. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 15, 115–132.

Daftary-Kapur, T., Dumas, R., & Penrod, S.D. (2010). Jury decision-making biases and methods to counter them. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 15, 133–154.

Carter, A.J. & Hollin, C.R. (2010). Characteristics of non-serial sexual homicide offenders: a review. Psychology, Crime & Law, 16, 25-45.

Gunby, C. & Woodhams, J. (2010). Sexually deviant juveniles: comparisons between the offender and offence characteristics of 'child abusers' and 'peer abusers.' Psychology, Crime & Law, 16, 47-64.

Investigative Psychologist helps seal conviction of serial killer

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New series of books: Psychology, Crime and Law

David Canter, University of Huddersfield, UK
Over recent years many aspects of law enforcement and related legal and judicial processes have been influenced by psychological theories and research. In turn concerns that derive from the investigation, prosecution and defence of criminals are influencing the topics and methodologies of psychology and other social sciences. The Psychology, Crime and Law series has been established to meet this need for up-to-date accounts of the work within this area, presented in a way that will be accessible to the many different disciplines involved. The series will be of interest to anyone who wishes to gain an understanding of the interplays between psychology, crime and the law. To find out more click here.

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