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Adam Quirk | Top Five Criminology Specializations

Criminology is an exciting and challenging subject matter. But as with any field of study, this one can be quite broad. There may be different aspects of it that piqued your interest in it enough for you to be reading about it today. Below, Adam Quirk draws from over 15 years of real world experience to go into detail about the different ways that you can narrow down your focus to become a valued specialist in a sub-specialization of criminology.

Adam Quirk says that beyond the courses that you’re allowed to choose from in college, you can choose to narrow down your expertise by looking at criminology through some of the different lenses below.

1. Type of Crime

For any profession, hobby, or industry you can think of, there are corresponding crimes that can be committed within them. Type of crime is the most common way to specialize. A few of the major ones are capital crimes such as treason, espionage, and war crimes, violent crimes like murder and assault, sexual crimes, white collar crimes like embezzlement and insider trading, and cyber crimes like identity theft and invasion of privacy.

Perhaps one limitation of specializing in a type of crime is that it narrows your focus, making it difficult to seek promotion into a position that would require more general knowledge in criminology according to Adam Quirk.

2. Age Group

Unfortunately, it’s common these days for people of all ages to commit more and more serious crimes than we’ve seen in the past. One look at the evening news shows that even elementary school children have access to drugs and guns. Meanwhile, being a criminal is also not just something that you grow out of as you age and mature without the proper correctional support. As such we can’t exclude senior citizens from our scope.

In America, there are different laws, policies, and best practices involved in dealing with suspects and criminals of different ages. Specializing in a particular age group means learning the psychology of that group, reading studies, researching statistics, and generally learning how to deal with people of a certain age.

3. Criminal Psychology

Specializing in criminal psychology usually involves or ends up in the highly specialized field of criminal profiling. Criminal psychologists develop specific profiles of criminals who commit specific crimes or profile criminal elements by reviewing behavioral patterns by performing statistical analysis.

During an investigation, this allows agents and investigators to focus on more likely suspects and weed out or give less attention to other suspects to speed up investigations.

For Adam Quirk, becoming a criminal psychologist is a good way to become well rounded and familiar with the different types of crimes and criminals.

5. Society and Statistics

The study of criminology in society through statistics is more of an academic pursuit. However, the results of such studies can be groundbreaking and change the way that the law enforcement, media, and policy makers in the government view certain matters.

For example one hot topic today is that of police brutality and its implications on public trust in law enforcement.

Learn more about criminology with Adam Quirk, FBI, DEA (retired), and founder of Stealth Advise LLC.

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