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A criminal profiler is sometimes a forensic psychologist, but forensic psychology has many different sectors. Forensic psychologists apply education and training in psychology to the legal profession. These types of psychologists work in law firms, government agencies, private practice, academia, education and rehabilitation centers. Some use their expertise to help educate prison inmates and deter future criminal activity. Others may engage in criminal profiling to help law enforcement agencies track suspects.
Forensic psychologists that become criminal profilers are often experienced in law enforcement investigations. Profilers may work full-time in law enforcement or as consultants on certain cases. They rely on criminal investigation expertise and psychological understanding of the criminal mind. The goal of profiling is to put together a mentality and perspective on a suspect to aid law enforcement in tracking him.
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