Welcome from Professor Canter

Although internationally known for introducing scientific psychology into ‘offender profiling’ and developing the field of Investigative Psychology beyond those origins, David has a wide range of interests including his continuing work in Environmental Psychology. Here his many publications and presentations are made available as well as his musical compositions, photographs and poems.

What Offender Profiling Is Not

The idea of creating a ‘pen picture’ of an unknown offender has found its way into popular accounts of criminal investigations as an almost mystical activity. Here you can download Professor Canter’s account of the truth about this process.

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Latest News and Posts

  • Don’t Tell Me ‘Don’t Panic …’
    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy had it right Pictures of supermarket shoppers filling their .trolleys to overflowing with large packets of toilet paper is labelled ‘panic buying’. Brought on by the apparently imminent spread of COVID-19, these rabid consumers seem to be concerned that the greatest risk from the demise of civilization as we know it, is not being able to wipe their

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  • When Is a Terrorist Not a Terrorist?
    A group of of young refugees known as Youth Aliyah head out to train within the framework of the Haganah in 1948 Israel. (Photo: Government Press Office (Israel), CC BY-SA 3.0) A couple of years ago I wrote a blog challenging the way in which violent actions carried out by lone individuals are called ‘terrorist.’ This is such a knee-jerk reaction that it is now the case that when someone runs

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  • The Polygraph as Propaganda
    Usman Khan had been let out of prison having served a sentence for plotting to blow up the London Stock Exchange. On his release he had declared he was not a terrorist. But in November last year he attacked and killed two people in a rampage at a prisoner rehabilitation conference, before being shot by the police. In the ensuing blame game, it became something of an embarrassment for the

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