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The Behavioural Analysis of Crime and Investigations 14th International Conference, London, December 5th-7th 2012


The Behavioural Analysis of Crime and Investigations 14th International Conference, London, December 5th-7th 2012

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"Do We Need Police?"

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What is Investigative Psychology?
A major and rapidly expanding sub-discipline of Forensic and Criminal Psychology.

Originally developed to provide a scientific approach to ‘offender profiling’, in line with David Canter’s conviction that any contributions made by psychologists to the police or legal process must have an empirical, systematic, scientific basis, Investigative Psychology (IP) has now developed to cover all contributions that psychologists & other social scientists make to investigations & legal cases:

Investigative Inferences (’offender profiling’)
Investigative Psychologists explore styles and patterns of criminal actions in all types of offences, from arson to serial killing, stalking, kidnapping or terrorism, determining how these relate to the offender’s characteristics; this includes geographical profiling

The Investigation Process
Investigative Psychologists study Detective decision-making and Investigative strategies. They develop procedures for suspect interviewing and the Prediction of Violence.

Investigative & Legal Material
Investigative Psychologists examine the material used during the investigation and presented in court to Detect Deception and identify False Allegations or False Confessions, Evaluate Eyewitness Testimony or questioned authorship by Forensic psycholinguistics

Learn more:

Investigative Psychology Library

Latest IP Books

The Journal of Investigative Psychology

Introductory Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling Events for 6th Formers & Undergrads

Understand more:

Introductory Conferences for Sixth formers
Key Investigative Psychologists
How Can Investigative Psychology be used in Court and to help Legal Cases?
How IP Can Improve Detection Rates: Offender Profiling Software for Police
Investigative Psychology for:


Teachers & Lecturers

Researchers & Academics


Law Enforcement / Crime Analysts



How to become a Forensic Psychologist
How to become an Investigative Psychologist
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The British Psychological Society International Academy for Investigative Psychology