In 1985 I was contacted by a senior police officer at Scotland Yard with a request to attend a meeting discussing a series of crimes committed in London. Having had little prior contact with criminal psychology, I agreed to assist the investigation and from that point onwards found myself drawn ever more intensively into the world of police investigations. Realising that I was moving into an area as yet unknown in the field, I coined the term ‘Investigative Psychology’ and from that, a new discipline and terminology emerged. This is now recognized in police forces and academic institutions around the world, with specialist Investigative Psychology units in countries as diverse as Japan, the USA, India, South Africa and Israel. Today the International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology (IRCIP) is world leading in pioneering research in this area, called upon to consult in legal cases, as well as providing training and software tools to police and crime analysts.
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Professor David Canter [pictured top and right]
Director of the International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology
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