The term “Profiling” isn’t something related to profiles of Instagram, Facebook or any other social networking websites. It is a totally different concept about which I am going to talk about.
Profiling can be called an art. It is the process of collecting information about someone on the basis of their activities, behavior and other things to describe that person to someone. When you want to remind a person about a third person whom you both would have met before some time, then you would describe him with some of the major things you noticed like height or any other kinds of physical attributes. Or there are even chances of recalling that person by some phrase or words he/she might be using very much. This can be called Basic Profiling.
Profiling is not limited to one type but there are several types of profiling. Here is a list of few of them:
- DNA Profiling
- Geographical Profiling
- Psychological Profiling
- Criminal Profiling
- Racial Profiling
- Forensic Profiling
- Offender Profiling
Above mentioned are some types of Profiling. If we sit to talk about them then there would be no end. Profiling is a very wide concept. Mostly profiling is used to catch criminals. The police departments have a particular team who are trained in this work. They are called when a crime is committed and there is not much of evidence.
Profiling is not easy to learn. A person could learn profiling only when he is extraordinary at observing things, behavior as well as every small detail about any person, place or thing. It requires very strong memory as well as very strong concentration.
The poeple who do profiling are known as Profilers. A profiler has to always keep his/her mind open to all the facts and new kind of information. They need to see for even a small detail which people find very common to even mention about when a crime has happened. The work of these Profilers is to work with those small details and create a profile of the criminal which includes details about the criminal in different aspects. This is known as Criminal Profiling.
The most basic kind of profiling is a Be On the Lookout (BOLO) or All-Points Bulletin (APB). You’re probably familiar with these, although you might not have heard it referred to as a profile.
An APB is a description of a specific suspect accused of committing a specific crime or crimes, usually based on eyewitness accounts. For example, following a bank robbery, police might interview suspects and review surveillance camera footage before releasing the following APB:
Suspect was last seen in a black Ford pick-up truck. He was wearing a blue T-shirt and black jeans. Suspect is described as a white male, 5-feet 9-inches tall and thin with receding blond hair. He has a tattoo of a infinity on his left forearm.
Including a suspect’s skin color is common, and not usually controversial. It is simply a physical description based on visual evidence gathered at the crime scene. It doesn’t make any judgments about other people with white skin (or with snake tattoos and receding blond hair, for that matter).
This profile helps the cops to catch the killer or the criminal who is involved in any kind of criminal activities. This is just the basic profile about the suspect.
Profiling is not limited to this only. There is a lot more to profiling. I am going to discuss with you about few other types of profiling as well as some more stuff on this topic in my upcoming articles.