Not so very long ago, few people had heard of ‘forensic psychology’ and it would have been difficult to find someone who described his or her job using that title. The picture of what the role entails appears to have become implanted in the popular imagination through television dramas, most notably the popular and highly acclaimed 1990s series Cracker, in which a somewhat eccentric (not to say maverick) psychologist enables the police to solve serious crimes, and to track down dangerous people using what at times appear to be ingenious insights. Perhaps the image has been sustained, and even amplified, by real-life media reports, which tap into the public’s seemingly limitless fascination with violent and sexual crimes. This depiction contains and perhaps also perpetuates a series of misconceptions. First, even today relatively few people who call themselves forensic psychologists work alongside the police, and those who do are unlikely to employ anything resembling the approach used by Eddie Fitzgerald, Cracker’s central character. The majority, in fact, work at what might be called the opposite end of the lawand- order process, in prisons and other penal agencies.
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