Society for Police and Criminal Psychology

The SPCP Board of Directors regrets to announce that we are postponing our 2020 conference in Providence, Rhode Island until Fall 2021.  More information

Congratulations Dr. Lou Sowers!

SPCP is pleased to announce that during our annual meeting, Dr. Lou Sowersbecame the 71st  Diplomate of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology! 

Dr. Sowers is pictured here with Diplomate Committee Chair, Dr. Scott Stubenrach.

Congratulations Award Winners!

SPCP is pleased to announce that the following individuals received awards at the 2019 SPCP Conference in Scottsdale:

Julianne Demery, Adam Fried, & Ruchi Bhargava received the Michael Serafino Award for Best Student Poster for their poster entitled “Examining Workplace Moral Behaviors and Perceived Trust in Military Couples”

Michael Aamodt, Thomas Hargrove, & Eric Witzig received the C. Edward Shaffer Award for Best Research Presentation for “The Supplementary Homicide Reports: Unreported Homicides are not Random!”

Terence Leary, Larry Southard, & Michael Aamodt received the Chris Hatcher New Vision Award for “An Empirical Assessment among "Dark Side" Characteristics and Serial Killers”

Douglas Gentz received the Wilson Kimbrough Award for Scholarly Work in Psychology and Criminal Justice with an Applied Focus for “Using an Emotional Age Estimate Matrix in Collaboration with Crisis Negotiators for Contributing to the Indirect Assessment of Armed and Barricaded Subjects and/or Hostage Takers”
The Wayman Mullins Award for Best Journal Article was awarded for Torres, J., Reling, T., & Hawdon, J. (2018). Role conflict and the psychological impacts of the post-Ferguson period on law enforcement motivation, cynicism, and apprehensiveness. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 33(4), 358-374.
Marina Sorochinski, Gabrielle Salfati, Rosanne Libretti, & Sneha Gupta received the Davis Award for Best Psychometrics-Related Research Talk for “The Fourth Dimension: Differentiating Timeline Trajectories in Violent Serial Crimes”

Jana L. Price-Sharps of Walden University received the Jim Turner Mentorship Award.

Recent Conferences

Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The 45th meeting of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology was held September 22-25, 2019.  Conference Program

ACCOP 2019, the Asian Conference for Police and Operations Psychology held in Singapore, July 9-12, 2019 had almost 450 attendees from 12 countries, who chose from 73 workshops and presentations and 33 poster presentations on a variety of public safety topics including investigative psychology, psychology of terrorism and violent extremism, community resilience, law enforcement leadership, risk and threat assessment, critical incidents, cyber intelligence, and interventions with law enforcement personnel. More information

Conference in Sarasota, Florida. The 44th meeting of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology was held September 30-October 3, 2018.  Conference Program

Conference in San Diego, California.  The 43rd meeting of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology, was held September 13-16, 2017. Conference Program

Conference in Austin, Texas.  The 42nd meeting of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology was held September 25-28, 2016.   Conference Program

The Asian Conference of Criminal and Operations Psychology (ACCOP) was held in Singapore, July 12 - July 16, 2016.  More information

Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The 41st annual meeting of the Society was held September 30 - October 3, 2015. Conference Program

Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 40th annual meeting of the Society was held September 17-20, 2014. Conference Program

Conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  The 39th annual meeting of the Society held  on September 25-28, 2013.  Conference Program

The Asian Conference of Criminal and Operations Psychology (ACCOP) 2013More Information  

The Society for Police and Criminal Psychology is an international organization that welcomes as members all professionals and students interested in our field.



"Books by Members" is a new feature of this website.  View the new page 

"Awards" a  new feature of this website is a History of Awards Presented to Society Members.  View the new page 

Police and Public Safety Psychology Continuing Education is available at the AAPPSP Summer Institute, June 15-19 in Palo Alto, California.  You can attend in-person or online.  More information

Introduction to Police and Public Safety Psychology, a 10-hour, self-paced course by Dr. Philip Trompetter and Dr. Jaime Brower is now available.  More information

Working with Emergency Responders, a 10-hour, self-paced course by Dr. Jaime Brower, Dr. Rhonda Kelly and Michael Pitrusu is now available.  More information

Introduction to Using the MMPI-2-RF in the Assessment of Public Safety Personnel Evaluations, a 10-hour, self-paced course by Dr. Martin Sellbom is now available.  More information

Mass Murder in the US: Mitigating Risks Through Threat Assessment and Management.  This conference, which features speaker Dr. Reid Meloy,  will be held at Texas A&M University, May 12-13.  More information

Assessing Threats and Violence Risks with the WAVR-21 and Advanced Threat Assessment and Threat Management courses will be available in Atlanta, GA, March 9-11;  Washington, DC, June 29-July 1; and Davis, CA, November 4-6. 

An online Graduate Certificate in Cyber Intelligence is now being offered by James Madison University. Strategically analyze cyber security threats and understand adversaries.More information

The Public Safety Peer Support Association (PSPSA) will have their annual conference November 5-8 in San Diego, CA.  More information

Attention reviewers for the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology.  Please make certain that your profile is up-to-date and complete by logging into the JPCP website provided by Springer.  The Editor-in-Chief, in consultation with the Review Board, will refer to updated profiles when assigning reviewers.. For more information contact Dr. James Herndon (

Free Resources on School Threat Assessment and School Violence Prevention
are available from SIGMA Threat Management Associates.  More information

Psychologists needed for a 911 operators training program.   More information

The Seismic Change in Police Investigations. A major player in law enforcement says it will no longer use a method linked to false confessions.  More information

Safeguarding Officer Mental Health Before and After Mass Casualty Events.  This publication, published by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and distributed by the US Department of Justice, can be a valuable resource. Free download available.  More information

Many position openings for license-eligible Forensic Psychologists are now available in the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. Search for the keyword "Forensic Psychologist" in Team Georgia Careers.

The WAVR-21 is now available.  This is an instrument for assessing risk of violence in the workplace by Drs. Stephen White and Reid Meloy.  More information

Education and Training Guidelines for the Specialty of Police and Public Safety Psychology have been published in Training and Education in Professional Psychology.  These guidelines were developed by the Council of Organizations in Police Psychology (COPP).  SPCP is a member of COPP.   More information

*The listings above are provided as a free service of SPCP.  Items listed here have not been vetted by the organization and they should not be a construed as an endorsement by the Society.





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