write a summary, conduct a crime assessment, and create a profile of a criminal…

PSY 310 Milestone One Guidelines and Rubric
Overview: The final project for this course is the creation of an executive summary report. You will write a summary, conduct a crime assessment, and
create a profile of a criminal. You will then develop a conclusion and consider the investigative use of the information you have compiled. Criminal
psychology encompasses a wide range of information about someone that can be drawn together, synthesized, and written into a format used by the
criminal justice system prior to an arrest. Typically, criminal psychologists are called upon to provide advice and consultation when the crimes are not
straightforward. Law enforcement officers are experts at tracking data and looking for crime-related clues to help them solve a case. However, when they
need assistance determining who a criminal is, or what a criminal’s motivation might be—in a predictive sense—they rely on the capabilities of
professionals who are versed both in criminology and psychology. A criminal profile emerges as data comes together and is an important tool. This is not
the same as the information you see on the news; rather it is a comprehensive look at the biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors that
make a person unique to a criminal case. Some of the information is based on empirical data and some is based on educated assumptions made by the
criminal psychologist.
You will look at a variety of factors and work to answer the question, “who is this person?” You will examine criminal statistics, lifestyle, upbringing,
medical and mental health information, along with a range of other information, that will help you answer the “who, what, when, where, and why” of
your chosen case. It will be your job to draw from your previous education and training to learn how to understand what information is relevant to your
case. There is no piece of information that is too small to help you build the mosaic of how past activity can help predict future activity. Your profile will
be thorough, addressing all of the areas and questions above for the aim of assisting investigators to understand the criminal and his or her motivations
and motives as well as the risk of the criminal activity continuing in the future. Through prompts and independent research outside of the text, you will
peer into the world of investigative profiling.
For this Milestone One task, you will complete the summary and crime assessment portion of the final project