Behavioral Profiling Nabs Warren Jeffs
This is interesting:
A paper license tag, a salad and stories that didn't make sense pricked the suspicions of a state trooper who stopped the car of a wanted fugitive polygamist in Las Vegas.
But it was the pumping carotid artery in the neck of Warren Steed Jeffs that convinced Nevada Highway Patrolman Eddie Dutchover that he had cornered someone big.
This is behavioral profiling done right, and it reminds me of the Diana Dean story. (Here's another example of behavioral profiling done right, and here is an article by Malcolm Gladwell on profiling and generalizations.)
Behavioral profiling is tough to do well. It requires intelligent and well-trained officers. Done badly, it quickly defaults to racial profiling. But done well, it'll do far more to keep us safe than object profiling (e.g., banning liquids on aircraft).
Posted on August 31, 2006 at 1:11 PM • 53 Comments