Criminal profiling importance and usage

Criminal profiling remains one of the major topics of social and legal concern. Where law enforcement agencies strive to improve the quality of their performance and to increase the efficiency of all deterrence and sentencing procedures, they use criminal profiling as the measure of utmost importance. For some reason, law enforcement authorities avoid questioning the relevance and objectivity of criminal profiling, while at the same time, this concept is surrounded by a whole set of racial and ethnic controversies.

Given the current legal and social situation and the amount of issues of which criminal profiling is the cause, these methods of law enforcement are hardly effective. In reality, whether criminal profiling turns into the central measure of legal change depends on our professional ability to look deeper into what stands behind the issues of racial and ethnic inequality and bias, and our preparedness to deal with the major ethnic and racial distortions within the system of criminal profiling. Profiling Introduction

Criminal profiling remains one of the major topics of social and legal concern. Where law enforcement agencies strive to improve the quality of their performance and to increase the efficiency of all deterrence and sentencing procedures, they use criminal profiling as the measure of utmost importance. For some reason, law enforcement authorities avoid questioning the relevance and objectivity of criminal profiling, while at the same time, this concept is surrounded by a whole set of racial and ethnic controversies.

Given the current legal and social situation and the amount of issues of which criminal profiling is the source, these methods of law enforcement are hardly effective. In reality, whether criminal profiling turns into the central measure of law enforcement change depends on our professional ability to look deeper into what stands behind the issues of racial and ethnic inequality and bias, and our preparedness to deal with the major ethnic and racial distortions within the system of criminal profiling. In policing society, law enforcement agencies are expected to fulfill a number of essential functions.

These primarily refer to preventing life threats, protecting property, facilitating people and vehicle movement, resolving individual and group conflicts, and maintaining a sense of security (Harcourt, 2007). As a result, in policing societies, criminal profiling is used as the instrument of reducing and preventing deviant behaviors. Unfortunately, in its current state criminal profiling can hardly serve the source of law enforcement objectivity and unbiased attitudes toward different population groups.

It appears, that beyond the fact that “no one properly identified the conditions under which racial profiling, as a form of criminal profiling, can legitimately and constitutionally be used in policing” (Harcourt, 2004), we also lack objective and clear understanding of what criminal profiling is, what racial and ethnic effects it tends to produce, and how we should tame external and internal forces that promote racial and ethnic inequality in the system of criminal profiling measures.