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