Technique for identifying the major personality and behavioural characteristics of an individual based upon an analysis of the crimes they have committed. Better applies to the range of activities they are involved in. Profiling is specific to making predictions about the offender"s background. Development of criminal profiling program in the fbi (1970) Develop profiles in a systematic way for the first time. National center for the analysis of violent crime. Canada: rcmp"s violent crime linkage analysis system (viclas) Biggest problem when faced with possible crime scenes: Inability on the part of the police to link geographically dispersed serial crimes committed by the same offender because of a lack of information sharing among police agencies. Collects and analyzes information on serious crimes across canada. Booklet that police fill out that captures crucial information about serious crimes. Information then entered into a computer and downloaded into a centralized database where it is then compared with other crimes.