Professor David Canter

PhD, AcSS, FAPA, FBPsS(Hon), FRSM, CPsychol
Director International Centre for Investigative Psychology
at The University of Huddersfield
President Int. Academy for Investigative Psychology
Emeritus Professor of The University of Liverpool


Improve Investigative Process and Detection Rates

  • Suspect identification and prioritisation (“Offender Profiling”, Canter profiling equations and geographical offender profiling)
  • Comparative case analysis (linking); Identification TICs (additional offences)
  • Offence focusing: identification of salient features of crime to direct investigative effort
  • Offending prediction: an offender’s likely development (where, when, what)
  • Criminal history matching
  • Police investigative decision-making: approaches to improvement
  • Criminal network analysis: identify key-role offenders

Improve Investigative Interviewing

  • Psychological approaches to interviewing of suspects and witnesses
  • Psychological evaluations of evidence: assess credibility and validity of testimony with a view to false allegations and false confessions
  • Detection of deception and lying: identification of false crime reports
  • Psychological assessments of interviewees, including vulnerable persons

The Legal Case

  • Psychological evaluation of testimony: detect weaknesses in eyewitness evidence
  • Defendant profiling: assessments of offence activity and likelihood perpetrated by defendant
  • Authorship attribution through Forensic Psycholinguistics
  • False rape allegations
  • Psychological autopsy
  • Entrapment: assessments of appropriateness of police investigative activity
  • Jury assessment

Risk/Threat Assessment and Reduction

  • Predict risk, particularly in relation to violent offending (including domestic violence, stalking, extortion) using scientific tools and software to improve investigative decision making
  • Probity profiling (in corporate context where candidates are considered for senior positions)
  • Insurance fraud-related investigations: diversion/reduction, identification
  • Investigations into terrorist networks, terrorist radicalization processes, development of suicide bombers