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What Does Investigative and Forensic Psychology Do for Crim

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Maddie Jenkins

on 30 May 2016

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Transcript of What Does Investigative and Forensic Psychology Do for Crim

Investigative and Forensic Psychology
What is Forensic Psychology?
Forensic Psychology is the practice of psychology in the law. It can be used to solve crimes, but is also used in law firms, prisons, schools, and government. It is also used to help analyze criminals and the reasoning behind their crimes. The most common use for actually analyzing criminals is in mens rea (insanity cases). Forensic psychologists find out if the perpetrator knows right from wrong and learn their motives or if a crime was committed in self-defense.

What Is Investigative Psychology?
Investigative psychology is the use of applied psychology in criminal investigation. It can be used to profile the perpetrators of crimes. Investigative psychology also determines patterns and MOs (Method of Operation) in all ranges of crimes, not just murder or other forms of crime involving psychopaths. The method of investigative psychology can also be used in the courtroom to provide psychological insight to crimes and criminals. Investigative psychology can be applied to minor crimes like tax evasion or insurance fraud.
What Did I Learn?
I did not learn as much about investigative psychology than I thought I would. As it turned out, I actually knew quite a bit about the subject, but I still found out some interesting new things. One example may be that investigative psychology is actually a fairly new form of psychology. I also learned that investigative psychology is not always used in violent crime. It can be applied to lesser crimes like tax evasion or fraud.

I did, however, learn a lot about forensic psychology. I learned that at crime scenes, a forensic psychologist is brought in to assess the situation. I also found out that forensic psychologists can use their profession outside of criminal justice. They can help at schools, hospitals, and assisted living spaces.

Why Did I Choose This Topic?
I chose this topic because I want to become an investigative or forensic psychologist when I grow up and help people solve crimes. I have always been interested in psychology and criminology, as well as the reasons that criminals do the things they do. I wanted to learn more about a profession I may choose in the future, so I decided to conduct my research project on a career I have wanted since I was very young.
What Does An Investigative Psychologist Do?
An investigative psychologist works with investigators to help catch criminals. They can determine possible motive, method of operation, and what type of person the criminal is, including their race and gender. Investigative psychology is most commonly used in intense felonies like murder, rape, or terrorism. However, it can also be used to help investigators find the perpetrators of crimes like tax evasion, corruption, or arson.
How Does Investigative Psychology Benefit Crime Solving?
Investigative psychology helps crime solving by offering a new insight to criminal justice. Until very recently, investigators would not have a decent profile because most of them did not have psychological experience or training. Investigative psychology gives a look into the mind of a person the police may not have even caught. It greatly simplifies the difficulties that come with identifying the criminals involved in more heinous crimes in our world. Investigative psychology can also help the police by analyzing criminals being interrogated by finding their weaknesses. Investigative psychologists are typically used to provide an “offender profile” for the unknown subject. An “offender profile” is a psychological analysis of the person who committed a crime. Investigative psychology is one of the most pivotal changes in the criminal justice system as it offers a whole new way to find, analyze, and close cases that would be otherwise unsolved.
What Does Forensic and Investigative Psychology Do For Crimes Solving and What Are Its Benefits?
How Does Forensic Psychology Benefit Crime Solving?
A forensic psychologist works in criminal justice. Forensic psychology can be used to solve crimes, and it may also be applied to places like schools. Mainly, it is used to evaluate the people in the settings in which forensic psychology is used. For example, forensic psychology is used to determine whether a criminal has a concept of right or wrong or if they have a healthy mind. In schools, it can be used to tell if a child is able to be placed in a class among their peers, or if they need an advanced or special needs class. Forensic psychology is applied to social work so social workers can more intellectually decide what a person may need.
What Does A Forensic Psychologist Do?
Forensic psychology in the criminal justice system is primarily used in violent crime. A forensic psychologist is brought in to assess crime scenes and tell investigators what happened and why. Like investigative psychologists, they can also determine method of operation and analyze criminals from a different perspective than the police. They can also use their psychological skills to determine if the captured criminal can be punished in the same manner as a person with no psychological issues. Forensic psychologists work with the police or other investigators to analyze suicides or crimes that may have been framed to look like a suicide. They can help the police figure things out that they may not have been able to decipher on their own.
Why Is Investigative Psychology Important to Me?
Investigative psychology is important to me because I see it as a potential career path. I am very interested in the criminal justice system and psychology. This profession combines two of my interests. I would one day like to join the FBI or even the BAU and help solve crimes one day.

Forensic psychology is important to me because I see it as another possible career for me. I like to analyze things, which is mainly what a forensic psychologist working in crime solving does. I also am interested in the parts of forensic psychology not applied to the criminal justice system, like working with mentally ill people. I believe forensic psychology as a career could be very rewarding.
Why is Forensic Psychology Important to Me?
by Maddie
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