Geographical profiling has mostly been used in serial murder cases. Research to see if other serial predators exhibit the same geographical tendencies is yet to be done. The potential for helping officers solve other serial cases is enormous. With the previous restriction of cost removed from the equation, several officers can be trained inexpensively and effectively. The technique of geographical profiling can be applied to many different aspects of police investigation. Geographic profiling is a largely untapped resource because many departments have found the software too expensive or complicated. A cadre of well trained officers may expand the effectiveness of the concept.
Much is written on Officer.com about the lack of training officers receive or the ineffectiveness of the training they do receive. Instead of complaining about the old models, forward-thinking law enforcement trainers must seek out new and innovative training concepts. Research shows geographic profiling training to be easy to administer and highly effective. It is the type of cognitive-based training that can be adopted and adapted quickly by today's more formally educated officer. Progressive trainers should keep abreast of the developing research and its applicability to our profession. Inexpensive, effective training sounds like something in which we should be interested.