Richard N. Kocsis and George B. Palermo complete research concerning the use of criminal profiling

Press Release ( - SYDNEY, Australia - Oct 24, 2016 - Criminology experts Richard Kocsis and George Palermo have completed research which looks at the role of criminal profiling and how there has been an attempted transition of the technique from a tool intended to assist police investigations into a form of expert witness evidence admissible in legal proceedings. This research was accepted for publication earlier this year by the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry.

Due to many fictional film and television depictions the investigative technique known as criminal profiling has always struggled to match the popular perceptions of its capabilities. One example of this disparity has been the use of the technique as an admissible form of expert witness evidence in court proceedings.

Legal consideration of the admissibility of criminal profiling has been undertaken in the past, however, what has never previously occurred is an examination of the growing body of scientific research which seeks to test the validity of the technique and the implications these research findings may have given the laws governing the admissibility of evidence in courts.

The very first study of this kind has been completed by Kocsis and Palermo and accepted for publication earlier this year by the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry. The overall conclusion is that scientifically grounded research is available which may permit one facet of the criminal profiling technique (referred to as ‘crime scene analysis’) to be used as evidence in court proceedings.

This discovery is serendipitous in nature as these research findings stem from work which was originally undertaken to examine the use of the technique in police operations and did not set out to purposely consider potential applications in court proceedings.

The full article pertaining to this research is entitled

“Criminal profiling as expert witness evidence: The implications of the profiler validity research”

By Richard N. Kocsis Ph.D. and George B. Palermo M.D., Ph.D.

The article is available online through the ‘International Journal of Law and Psychiatry’ and can be downloaded at:…

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