The Role of a Forensic Psychologist at a Crime Scene

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A forensic psychologist plays a valuable role in the criminal justice system, even more so at a crime scene. Though not dealing directly with bodies or physical evidence, a forensic psychology practitioner tries to identify a perpetrator using psychological principles and tools.

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The Role of a Forensic Psychologist at a Crime Scene

  1. 1. www.helpingpsychology.com The Role of a Forensic Psychologist at a Crime Scene 
  2. 2. www.helpingpsychology.com A forensic psychologist plays a valuable role in the criminal justice system, even more so at a crime scene.  Though not dealing directly with bodies or physical evidence, a forensic psychology practitioner tries to identify a perpetrator using psychological principles and tools.
  3. 3. www.helpingpsychology.com Examination of the Crime Scene Isolation of the crime scene is often very important as witnesses and bystanders can inadvertently cause contamination or the disturbance of evidence.
  4. 4. www.helpingpsychology.com <ul><li>Once this is done, as a forensic psychologist, you will have to </li></ul><ul><li>note details including the time and date and scan adjacent areas </li></ul><ul><li>for any clues. </li></ul><ul><li>You are also responsible for ensuring the safety of other </li></ul><ul><li>investigators. </li></ul>
  5. 5. www.helpingpsychology.com Careful examination of the crime scene could provide many insights into the nature of the offender. So, in the case of a homicide, by observing the manner of attack you can guess the mental state of the murderer.
  6. 6. www.helpingpsychology.com Forensic psychology   enables you to determine whether such a murderer was frenzied and agitated during the crime or if it was a cold-blooded and rational execution.
  7. 7. www.helpingpsychology.com Criminal Profiling Criminal profiling  is the single biggest advantage of a forensic psychologist.
  8. 8. www.helpingpsychology.com Here, you are required to use your understanding of human behavior, pathology and motivation to form a psychological profile of the alleged criminal. <ul><li>By carefully observing the crime scene, you can narrow down the </li></ul><ul><li>offender’s behavioral markers.  </li></ul><ul><li>People are bound by their psychological makeup and this fact </li></ul><ul><li>forms the basis of criminal profiling. </li></ul>
  9. 9. www.helpingpsychology.com In forensic psychology work ,  you are required to use this knowledge to identify the offender with those particular traits. This not only helps in predicting the offender’s future course of action or behavior but also provides information regarding his or her physical appearance.
  10. 10. www.helpingpsychology.com Forensic psychologists make a huge difference in the criminal justice field and the work is rarely run of the mill. But before you can practice, you need a master’s degree in forensic psychology.
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