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​SSS students come up tops at CBAC 2019 

Published on: 22-Jun-2019

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Winners of the CBAC 2019 (Top photo). From left to right (students in blue): Aishah Wong (Year 3, Sociology), Lynette Goh (Year 3, Psychology), Iylia Hutta (Year 3, Psychology), Liang Qian Hong (Year 3, Psychology).  

Four SSS students emerged champions in the University Category of the annual Criminal Behavioural Analysis Competition (CBAC) 2019. Organised by the Home Team Behavioural Sciences Centre (HTBSC), the competition aims to provide exposure to students about behavioural profiling and investigative work of Home Team Officers and Psychologists.

CBAC 2019 consisted 3 rounds: Qualifying, Semi-Final and Final. In the qualifying round, held at ITE College Central on 27 May 2019, 230 teams were tasked with basic decoding, events recreation and social media analysis. The top 30 teams from each category (Junior College, Polytechnic and University) then proceeded to the Semi-Final round where they were tasked with creating a profile of the killer based on evidence about the crime scene and further investigations conducted by the Police. The top four teams from each category then moved onto to the Final round which was held at Home Team Academy on 22 June 2019. The participants were assessed on their Negotiation skills and knowledge on the principles of Psychological First-Aid.

Year 3 Sociology undergraduate Aishah Wong enjoyed the exposure to the work done by the HTBSC and the opportunity to test their abilities in situations that were specifically curated to be challenging and realistic. “There were informative talks whereby we learnt the basics of providing psychological first aid and negotiation skills,” she shared. “The Final round was especially challenging where we were pushed to the limits and were able to showcase our teamwork and adapting our strategies to suit the situation.”

Iylia Hutta, a Year 3 student majoring in Psychology, was excited by the fact that he was able to attempt the development of a criminal profile based on evidence in a crime scene and further uncovered evidence. “I’ve always been intrigued by the work of criminal profilers,” he said. “The Criminal Profile Report gave my team and I a chance to put our research skills to the test as we studied the principles of behavioural profiling based on the evidence at the crime scene.”

Lynette Goh, another Year 3 student majoring in Psychology has this to say, “Having to solve the murder case as a team of 4 required adept usage of our critical thinking and reasoning abilities while working together as a team. This experience piques my interest in taking up the Forensic Psychology of Crime, Terrorism and Disasters course in school. I would definitely recommend others to join the competition in the future!”

Liang Qian Hong, also a third year student majoring in Psychology, added: “I am very thankful for the opportunity given by HTBSC to experience, even if a little bit, how it is like being a Criminal Profiler in Singapore.” 

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