Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Profiling.

The buzzword of the day is profiling. Police do profile. They profile every day, and they will not stop, and they will not apologize  for it.   They profile people who act weird and sketchy. They want to watch those people. They profile cars with visible damage as being more likely driven by impaired drivers. They profile people with long criminal records because, lets face it, people with long criminal records are more likely to commit offences than people who have never been criminally charged in their lives. They profile young people, because old people don't commit as many crimes. 

If a police officer has a vehicle stop with a bunch of hari-krishnas in a van and it leads to a major drug bust, you can bet your ass the next time the cop sees a bunch of hari-krishnas driving around in a van, he's going to take a hard look at what they are doing!

Police might not be able to rhyme off exact statistics, but their experience shows them that young men steal more than old men. Boy Scout Leaders and Catholic Priests sexually abuse more little boys than Firefighters and street sweepers. People in the bad part of town steal, fight, rob, break stuff and do more drugs than people in the good part of town.

A cop who doesn't profile, is probably not a very good cop.

The more experience they have, the more they investigate, the more arrests they make, the more crime scenes they attend, the better they are at profiling.
 
There are people who profile for a living. They are called criminal analysts and it's their jobs to identify suspects based on criminal profiles.

A career thief who likes to break into houses by smashing a side window in the afternoon on a weekday. He then steals  electronics and women's panties. 

Suddenly a rash of those break and enters occur on a street he just moved onto.

Ding, ding, ding, ding.

Guess who the prime suspect is and guess how police came to that conclusion.

PROFILING!

How did it suddenly become such a dirty word?

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