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Profiling The Criminal Mind: Behavioral Science and Criminal Investigative Analysis
Dr. Robert J. Girod Sr.  More Info

Sr., Robert J. Girod  More Info

About the Fort Wayne Police Department

Fort Wayne's police force was first organized when Conrad Penn was appointed over a night watch of three men. They patrolled from sundown to dawn. At this time the population was 12,000. The Fort Wayne Daily Sentinel commended the Night Watch on December 12, 1863 when it stated, "Well done thou good and faithful servants for their fine work in the community."


By 1869, there were eight officers and they worked from 6:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M. The uniform consisted of a dark blue double-breasted frock coat with two rows of gilt Police Buttons on the breast, a vest and pantaloons. Today, the Fort Wayne Police Department has an authorized strength of 460 sworn officers. The Department's budget for 2007 is approximately $46,000,000.  The major organizational components of the department are: Patrol Uniform Operations consisting of four divisions (Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest); Investigative Support Division; and, Information Services Division. Each division is commanded by a Deputy Chief (except Information Services, which is headed by a civilian Director). All Division heads report to the Assistant Chief of Police and the Chief of Police.

Dr. Robert J. Girod, Sr. earned a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Criminology and Public Administration from The Union Institute and University and a post-doctoral certificate in Leadership from Harvard University. Dr. Robert Girod is a supervisor in the Detective Bureau with the Fort Wayne Police Department (Indiana), a member of the FBI’s Federal Bank Robbery Task Force and a part-time “special deputy” for the U.S. Marshal’s Service.


Dr. Robert J. Girod has served as a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve and the Indiana Guard Reserve. He is an adjunct professor and associate faculty member at seven universities.  Dr. Robert J. Girod is the author of Profiling The Criminal Mind: Behavioral Science and Criminal Investigative Analysis.


According to the book description, “Profiling the Criminal Mind is, as the subtitle indicates, is a text and reference on behavioral science and criminal investigative analysis for investigators, forensic scientists, prosecutors, behavioral scientists, and academics. This compilation combines crime scene forensics and experience with behavioral science to get into the criminal's mind and interpret crime scenes.


A practical guide to applied criminology, the author brings together his years of experience as a detective/investigator and professor of criminology and criminal justice to outline an inter-disciplinary approach to analyzing crime scenes and crime scene behavior. Multi-discipline sleuths and researchers into the criminal mind will find this combined approach to analysis a valuable strategic approach to the study of violent criminal behavior.”

According to the book description of Infamous Murders and Mysteries: Cold Case Files and Who-Done-Its, "From the author of Profiling the Criminal Mind comes these true stories of cold cases and true mysteries. A truly compelling collection of adventures from the files of a career police detective and university professor that takes the reader inside the mysteries and murders that intrigue the author and make the reader listen for "things that go bump in the night." From spies to ghosts to celebrities and the places we like to spend time reading spy and murder mystery adventures, this collection has something for every mind that seeks adventure."

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