Investigative Psychology – What Does It Mean And How Can It Help Law Enforcement Investigations? Evaluating The IP System And Detective Part XII

By Lawrence W. Daly, MSc

To reduce the many false allegations claims, which have been a problem for the past four decades, the IP System needs to be pursued by law enforcement officials. The law enforcement officials need to first understand the benefits that the IP System has to offer and from there, the implementation of such a structured system may eliminate the number of false allegations which occur.

The criminal justice system must learn to support such an investigative system as that of the IP System. There are many characteristics about the IP System which need to be reviewed in this article.

Behavioral science is a method in which the IP System relies upon to conduct the criminal investigation. Behavioral science has a better understanding of the sexual offender. The IP System deals with who the sexual offenders are, how they think, why they do what they do, and they do what they do-as a means to help solve crimes and prevent sexual assaults.

Profiling which received a lot of attention from the movie “Silence of the Lambs” was created by the FBI behavioral analysts which has been around for years. Training for law enforcement officials is conducted by the FBI at the FBI academy. There is additional training available at the academia level in the United Kingdom with Dr. David Canter and Dr. Donna Youngs.

The topics that the IP System relies on are vast and sophisticated. Some of the areas are:

applied criminology; bio-psycho social aspects of criminal behavior; conflict and crisis management/communication; futuristics in law enforcement; juvenile crime and behavior; management of death investigations; psycho-social behavior and mindset of gangs; spirituality, wellness, and vitality issues in law enforcement; stress management in law enforcement; and mindset and methodology of terrorism. The unit also instructs new agents in psychopathology; problem-solving and crisis intervention; memory and perception; gangs; and group dynamics (FBI, 2011).

As the IP System becomes even more advanced, the solving of crimes will become easier for the IP Detectives to profile the sexual offenders and to track them down, apprehend them and then have them tried in a court of law and incarcerated. The sophistication of the IP System will reach new levels over the next decade due to the fact that law enforcement officials are beginning to understand the value of the IP System and IP Detectives.

The more the IP System gathers information about criminal behavior the easier the IP Detectives will have in apprehending the sexual offender. Some of the problems with profiling the sexual offender is over a period of time they change their behaviors so they are not easily identified and apprehended.

There are known personality traits which make the sexual offender easier to identify. When committing the crime the sexual offender’s personality traits can change significantly over a period of time. An example is when the sexual offender is known for his violence during the sexual assault, than the next time he wants to be Mr. Romance and attempts to be intimate with the child victim. This changing in behavior may mislead the IP Detective and set him/her back in their investigation.

The IP Detective needs to document the change in behavior so he/she can pursue the sexual offender so if he/she changes their behavior, the change will not send the IP Detective in another direction.  There are more consistencies in the sexual offender’s behavior because they have known personality traits which never change because of several reasons. The sexual offender has committed numerous sexual assaults on children and has been able to keep law enforcement officials at bay. The sexual offender feels comfortable in the method of operandi because the crime they commit feels good and he/she can control the child in acquiescing and being amicable to the child.

The investigative steps performed by the IP Detective must be consistent with the ideology of human behavior and how this reflects on what the sexual offender did to carry out the crime. The IP Detective must select a positive path which allows for milestones along the way of the investigation to be performed and completed.

There is a need by the IP Detective to expand the search for the sexual offender. Some of the areas which need to be considered in the expansion of the search are the sexual offender’s residence, age, occupation, character, sexual activity and criminal record. These characteristics are just the obvious behavioral issues in which the IP Detective must consider when tracking a serial sexual offender.

Tomorrow, I will continue to examine, evaluate and analyze the IP System and IP Detective. There is so much to understand about Investigative Allegations as you have seen over the past ten days. I will continue to focus on child sexual abuse allegations and the role(s) the IP System has to offer.

  Forensic Child Sexual Abuse Investigations Part 1 
   By: Lawrence W. Daly                                                             
  Webinar Time- September 22, 2011 1:00 pm -2:00pm
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