I am the current placement student for SCAS. I am studying Psychology at the University of Bath.
My duties include obtaining daily offender updates by scanning the media for potential updates on cases. I also carry out weekly environmental scanning of the media to provide more general information surrounding crime and policing, and compile an internal office newsletter every month to keep SCAS staff up to date.
Recently I have been involved in a project concerning online dating sites, which has aimed to make online dating safer for people when meeting up for the first time. This has involved running analysis on crime data to generate statistics regarding victimology and to help further understanding of offences that are facilitated by online dating.
I have also completed a literature review on barriers to victims reporting rape which I hope will be useful to the unit.
I am starting to think about my dissertation topic, which I hope to focus around approach types of stranger rapists. All requests for data to support research from SCAS have to be considered by a research panel before they are granted. The database that SCAS uses to file cases is an extremely valuable source of information that is sought after by many researchers, and so the opportunity to be able to access it is a rare one.