PLENARY: Criminal Behaviour and the Links to Animal Abuse


SPEAKER: Carl Sesely, Profiler, Behavioural Sciences Unit, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Criminal behaviour is a complex phenomenon and is the product of many drivers, including mental health. This presentation will explore how mental health plays a role in a variety of criminal behaviours, such as cruelty to animals, as well as discuss the
weight that profilers give to red flag behaviour traits like animal abuse and arson when they are building profiles, or when preparing to interview suspects. Participants will gain insight into how certain crimes figure into the profiling process.

Key Learnings:

  1. The role of mental health in cases of criminal abuse.
  2. Bestiality in the Criminal Code of Canada.
  3. Using red flag behaviour traits to build a profile.