Criminologists examine the systems by which people accused of crimes are brought to justice, attempt to explain the reasons for criminal behaviour and suggest ways crime might be reduced.

Duties & Tasks

Criminologists may perform the following tasks:

  • study the ways in which certain criminal justice agencies operate, including the law courts, police services, prisons and community-based correction centres
  • analyse and interpret data received on the incidence of crime and the operation of the justice system
  • monitor new and emerging trends in offending and crime
  • provide information about crime and the ways in which people are processed by the criminal justice system
  • catalogue information about the possible causes of crime and the crimes committed
  • compile crime statistics and develop ways in which crime-solving resources can be most effectively used
  • analyse and develop crime policy and prevention strategies
  • evaluate all aspects of crime and the criminal justice system
  • research criminological issues such as those pertaining to offenders, victims of crime and sentencing.

Personal Requirements

  • ability to think analytically and critically
  • personal integrity
  • interested in welfare and human behaviour
  • interested in working with disadvantaged groups.

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