Ethics and the criminal profiler

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Turvey, B. E. (2011). Ethics and the criminal profiler. In B. E. Turvey (Ed.), Criminal profiling: An introduction to behavioural evidence analysis (601-626). Oxford, United Kingdom: Academic Press, Elsevier.

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The term ethics, as we use it, refers to roles or standards that have been established to govern the conduct of members of a profession. The problem here is that only a handful of criminal profilers have begun to professionalize.1 Most criminal profilers operate outside of a specific or written code of professional ethics. Consequently, one could make an effective argument for the position that many criminal profilers are still allowed the luxury of giving expert opinions without having to worry about being held responsible for them.

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