12,000

We have over 12,000 students, from over 100 countries, within one of the safest campuses in the UK

93%

93% of Lancaster students go into work or further study within six months of graduating

Home > Research > Publications & Outputs > On the need for scientific experimentation in t...
View graph of relations

« Back

On the need for scientific experimentation in the criminal profiling field: a reply to Dern and colleagues

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Published

Journal publication date10/2009
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Journal number10
Volume36
Number of pages4
Pages1091-1094
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

In “The Criminal Profiling Illusion: What’s Behind the Smoke and Mirrors?” (Snook,
Cullen, Bennell, Taylor, & Gendreau, 2008), we questioned the evidence base for criminal profiling (CP) and offered an explanation regarding how people have been misled into thinking that it is more effective than what research suggests. In their reply, Dern, Dern, Horn, and Horn (2009 [this issue]) challenged some of our provisional conclusions and outlined a “highly complex and scientifically well-founded practice of criminal profiling” (p. 1086) known as behavioral case analysis. We are pleased to be part of a dialogue that forms the basis for collaborations that promote understanding and enhance scientific contributions to CP. Here we respond to Dern et al. by highlighting some of the areas in which discussion, collaboration, and scientific experimentation are needed.