Criminal profiling is part of the investigative process of a crime in the hopes of identifying an unknown perpetrator based on behavioral science, crime scene analysis, and forensic psychology. We utilize these techniques to make inferences about psychological variables such as personality traits, psychopathologies, and behavior patterns, as well as demographic variables such as age, race, or geographic location. Profilers can use this information to narrow down a pool of potential persons of interest or utilize the information to successfully rationalize with a suspect during the interview and interrogation process in an effort to gain an admission of guilt.
Criminal profiling over the years has been referred by many different names such as crime scene profiling, offender profiling, criminal investigative analysis, and behavioral profiling. Due to this variation, there has been a lack of uniformity or agreement on the definitions and these terms within the profiling sectors. We aim to create a standard that is consistent within the industry. For the purposes of this program and the standards set forth within we will be using the term criminal profiling.