Event: Street Psychology for Police and Patterns of Child Homicide in the UK

Event: Street Psychology for Police and Patterns of Child Homicide in the UK

Dr. Jason Roach

Director of the Crime and Policing Research Group at the University of Huddersfield in the UK, Dr. Jason Roach, will be at Alliant San Diego and Alliant Fresno to present research on street psychology for police and patterns of child homicide in the UK.

This free event is open to all students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the campus community.

Event Details
Alliant San Diego Alliant Fresno
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Zable Hall
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Auditorium

Street psychology for police

Traditionally, psychological research relating to lies and deception is applied to formal interviewing of suspects and witnesses. Unfortunately, this is of little help to officers engaging in less formal street interactions with the general public. Dr. Roach offers a series of practical, psychologically supported techniques for use in more routine policing situations, such as detecting those giving false personal details and identifying active or serious offenders from their commission of specific minor offences. This approach, known as ‘self-selection policing,’ represents research conducted over the past decade by Dr. Roach and his colleagues.

Patterns of child homicide in the UK

In the UK, one child a week will become a victim of homicide. Prior research has identified consistent patterns regarding the circumstances of killing, the methods used, and the relationship of child victim to killer. However, whether the age of the child can be used to predict risk of homicide or produce a profile of the most likely killer has not. Findings from a recent study examining whether different ages of child victims produce different profiles of child killers will be presented. Findings that are vital to those charged with calculating the risk of child homicide, protecting and safeguarding children, and investigating child homicide.

About Dr. Jason Roach

Dr. Jason Roach is a chartered psychologist, a reader in Crime and Policing, and the director of the Crime and Policing Research Group at the University of Huddersfield in the UK. Roach has published work in many different areas including: criminal psychology, police decision making, homicide, criminal investigative practice, terrorism and cold case investigation. His current research includes: patterns of child homicide in the UK, developing street psychology for police officers and self-selection policing.

Currently, Dr. Roach works with UK police forces in regard to reducing and investigating serious crime, and he currently supervises more than ten doctoral research students. In the past, he has worked at the Open University, the University of Manchester, the UK Home Office (as a criminologist) and at various psychiatric institutions in the North of England.