Principles of Geographical Offender Profiling

Principles of Geographical Offender Profiling

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Geographical Offender Profiling (GOP) is the term that has emerged for the examination of where offences take place and the use of that examination to formulate views on the nature of the offender and where s/he might be based. As such, it has become the cornerstone of 'offender profiling'. By its nature, GOP bridges psychology, geography, criminology and forensic science and is of academic interest to all those disciplines as well as practical significance to police investigators. This book brings together a cross-section of the major papers published in the field that lay out the concepts and foundations of this area - including some widely quoted but difficult to obtain 'classic' papers - with an introduction that puts the papers into an overall context and a concluding extensive bibliography of the publications relevant to this rapidly growing area.

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In a volume that is part of a series on how law enforcement has been influenced by psychological theories and research, experts in fields from investigative psychology to zoology map the range of offenders' crimes to guide police searches for them. In introducing 15 papers on tracking such spatial patterns, Canter and Youngs (U. of Liverpool) overview the origins and principles of geographical offender profiling. An early application was the case of the "railway rapist," in which the suspect's residence was deduced from the distribution of his crimes. The volume includes an analysis of the Jack the Ripper case in such terms, the generality vs. uniqueness debate in criminal behavior, and a talk by Canter (Mapping Murder). Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2008
ISBN: 9780754625490
Characteristics: xvi, 290 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Youngs, Donna
Canter, David V.


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