Advance the Research and Analysis of Criminal Investigations through Collaboration

From its inception the goal of the CiR&A group has been to establish a collaborative research and analysis group dedicated to criminal investigations. Essentially we are a group of like-minded researchers, practitioners, and investigators that believe in the old adage “two heads think better than one”. Through collaboration, data sharing and knowledge transmission (e.g., research article sharing; knowledge base) we aim to make our work smarter, more efficient and more useful to investigators in the field.

If you are interested in potential (research) collaboration with the Group please get in contact.

Sharing of Information

For many years police forces, prison services, practitioners and academics around the world have collected crime scene information to aid in the detection and identification of offenders and in some cases for the provision of Behavioural Investigative Advice (e.g. ViCLAS; SCAS, CATCHEM, HOLMES, HITS, FLINTS; see RCMP, 2006, for review).

pragmatic approach to offender profiling, as that described by Alison et al. (2004), envisions that the sharing of information provides distinct and measurable advantages to academics (e.g. researchers) and investigators alike. The sharing of information enables a field to establish best practice, objectivity and standardisation to increase the reliability and validity of the advice built upon it. Collaboration and sharing of information also provides a forum for those involved in the area to share ideas cooperatively, instead of ‘in isolation’ (Beauregard, 2005).

Although data sharing has vast advantages in the development of BIA research and analysis (Alison et al., 2010), region-specific legal and organisational  protocols pertaining to issues of data privacy, anonymity, confidentiality and ethical review still need to be in place. Helping to develop guidelines and protocols with law enforcement agencies to assist  in the marriage of data access and data provision is a key objective of our group.

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

Alison, L. J., West, A., & Goodwill, A. M. (2004). The academic and the practitioner: Pragmatists’ views of offender profiling. Psychology, Public Policy and Law, 10, 71-101.

Beauregard, E. (2005). The role of profiling in the investigation of sexual homicide. In J. Proulx, E. Beauregard, M. Cusson & A. Nicole (Eds.), Sexual murderers: A comparative analysis and new perspectives. Chichester: Wiley & Sons.