Assignment: Investigating a Missing Child
When assisting in a criminal case, a criminal investigative analyst must first determine the primary goal of the investigation and any other sub-goals related to the primary goal. The analyst must look at statistics concerning the crime and all evidence related to the crime. It is only then that the analyst can begin formulating a theory of what happened and who was involved.
In this Assignment, you will play the role of a criminal investigative analyst who has been asked by a local law enforcement agency to assist in locating a missing child. You will recommend strategies for locating the child using clinical and actuarial approaches.
- Imagine that a child has gone missing and an Amber alert has gone out. Your local law enforcement has asked you for help locating the child and finding the perpetrator.
In a 2- to 3-page paper:
Explain the aspects of this case that would warrant a clinical approach and which would warrant an actuarial approach. Recommend strategies for locating the child using each approach. Justify your rationale using the Learning Resources and other academic or professional sources. You can add fictional information about the case to support your answers.
Some READING matiraial
Bartol, C. R. & Bartol, A. M. (2010). Criminal & behavioral profiling. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- Chapter 3, “Scientific Approaches to Crime Scene Profiling” (pp. 57–92)
Turvey, B. E. (2012). Criminal profiling: An introduction to behavioral evidence analysis (4th ed.). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
- Chapter 4, “The Mental Health Professional’s Contribution to Criminal Profiling” (pp. 101–121)
- Chapter 5, “An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis” (pp. 121–140)
Alison, L., Goodwill, A., Almond, L., van den Heuvel, C., & Winter, J. (2010). Pragmatic solutions to offender profiling and behavioural investigative advice. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 15(1), 115–132. doi:10.1348/135532509X463347
31.5 (63%) – 35 (70%)
Paper demonstrates an excellent understanding of all of the concepts and key points presented in the text/s and Learning Resources. Paper provides significant detail including multiple relevant examples, evidence from the readings and other sources, and discerning ideas
13.5 (27%) – 15 (30%)
Paper is well organized, uses scholarly tone, follows APA style, uses original writing and proper paraphrasing, contains very few or no writing and/or spelling errors, and is fully consistent with graduate-level writing style. Paper contains multiple, appropriate and exemplary sources expected/required for the assignment.