CCJ 410 Science and Practice of Profiling
Assistant Professor Mark Leymon discusses his class, Science and Practice of Profiling, offered in the CCJO Bachelor’s Degree program.
00:13 I am very excited about the opportunity to offer the science of practice and profiling in the online program. It is a course that I developed a number of years ago and I was able to bring it here to PSU in the online program.
00:30 It is not your typical profiling class that you might think of. I got started with this class a number of years ago when I got involved with the Midwest Innocence Project. It was an organization that looked wrongly overturning convictions of wrongly convicted individuals. We were working on a couple of homicide cases of individuals who have been convicted of murder and ultimately, we were able to get their convictions overturned.
01:00 What that led me to do is that I wanted to learn how to analyze, how to look at case files, homicide case files, so that I could better understand those individual’s cases. So, I started to study, look into, I took some courses on how to understand case files. I was able to actually acquire a couple of homicide case files and then we were able to incorporate those case files into this course, so students are able to learn from the basics.
01:30 They going to let just learn basic ideas of profiling basic ways to analyze, look at evidence, look at case files, read eye witness testimony and be able to apply this to actual case files, so that we have two homicide case files that are fully online, so the students can through everything from the photos of the case to autopsy photos, to the full case files that are unedited even interrogation videos that are out there and descriptions and photographs of physical trace evidence.
02:00 So they get it all, which I think is a unique opportunity and I am very excited about putting that course together. We put a lot of work into building that up and being able to have it in an online setting.