Preliminary Investigation of Profiling Tools and Methods


  1. Sullivan-Kwantes, W.
  2. Lam, Q.
  3. Richards, K.
  4. Hawton, A.
  5. Powlesland, C.
  6. Kwantes, P.
  7. Kerrigan-Brown, D.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
The purpose of this report is to outline the proposed component of the project 15AG: Human Domain Analysis (HDA) and the preliminary investigation of profiling tools for CF application and purposes. There are several different types of profiling, each with their various uses, unique foci, tools, methods and skill sets. In this report, we focus on three classes of profiling: Criminal, Geographic, and Leader. A team of six people from DRDC Toronto reviewed and summarized relevant information that was accessed in the public domain on these three classes of profiling, behavioural prediction, personality assessment. The key articles were summarized in an extensive annotative bibliography (please see Annex A). After reviewing the three types of profiling, we conclude that all forms of profiling require more scientific support. As discussed in the following report, there are, at least, possible uses for criminal/investigative, geographical and leader profiling and all may have potential interest and application to the CF. However, it is highly recommended that further theoretical and empirical evidence is found to ensure their scientific validity before DRDC or the CF invest in these tools and methods.

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profiling;criminal profiling;geographical profiling;leader profiling
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TM-2011-106 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Jun 2011
Number of Pages
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