Society for Police and Criminal Psychology

2019 Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona

President Amy White is organizing SPCP 2019!  Our meeting will be held September 22-25 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona, the same location as our 2005 conference.
Register, purchase banquet tickets, & make hotel reservations! Draft program available.
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ACCOP 2019 is a 4-day special meeting of SPCP that will be held July 9 to 12, 2019 in Singapore.  This is the 4th ACCOP conference.  It has been held every 3 years. During 2016 there were 316 attendees and we anticipate a similar number or more attendees in 2019. Day 1 will consist of preconference workshops followed by 3 days of presentations. The deadline for paper submissions has been extended to February 28, 2019. Note that many meals are covered by the conference fee (including tea breaks and lunch) and there will be an international evening reception on Day 1 and welcome dinner on Day 2.  More information

Congratulations New Diplomates!

SPCP is pleased to announce that Drs. Anastasia Pytal and Barbara Palomino de Valasco are now Diplomates in the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology!

Congratulations Award Winners!

SPCP is pleased to announce that the following individuals received awards at the 2018 SPCP Conference in Sarasota:

Jessica Duncan received The Michael Serafino Award for Best Student Poster for “Examining Police Officers' Views of Sexual Assault Victim Credibility" (Co-authors: Emma Lathan Powell, Jennifer Langhinrichsten-Rohling & James "Tres" Stefurak).

Bradford J. Beyer received the Edward O. Schaeffer Best Research Paper Award for “Interrogative Techniques and False Confessions: A Comparison of the Experiences of State and Federal Polygraph Examiners."

Michael A. Surrette received the Eileen Gupton Best Professional Poster Award for “The Art of the Deal: Is Personality Related to Crisis Negotiator Performance?".

David Englert & Jon Moss received the Chris Hatcher New Vision Award for “Wellness Programs for Law Enforcement: One Size Does Not Fit All."

Tham Yining & David J. Hughes received the Wilson Kimbrough Award for Scholarly Work in Psychology and Criminal Justice with an Applied Focus for "Antecedents and Outcomes of Job Crafting in the Singapore Police Force: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach."

Mark Kamena received the Davis Award for “Statistical Analysis of Treatment in a Residential Treatment Program Using the Symptom Assessment for Emergency Responders (SAFER)."

James Herndon received the Jim Turner Mentorship Award. 

The winner of the Wayman Mullins Best Journal Article Award will be determined by Editor James Herndon once all 2018 articles have been published.

Recent Conferences

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.



Professor Ray Bull will present a master class on P.E.A.C.E. Investigative Interviewing on November 7-8 at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.  More information

Investigative Adjunct Faculty are needed in the area of Forensic Psychology by Purdue University Global.  These are non-resident positions open to qualified individuals nationwide.  More information

University Health System in San Antonio, Texas is seeking a Staff Psychologist to complete juvenile forensic psychological evaluations and pre-employment screenings More information

The Second Annual Fire Service Association Conference will be held at the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute in College Park Maryland on September 26-27.  Registration and Information

A Summer Training Institute including workshops in Police and Public Safety Psychology will be held at Palo Alto University in California, June 17-21.  Workshops include: Using the MMPI-2RF in Public Safety Personnel Evaluations (Dr. Martin Sellbom, June 18), Working with First Responders: What Every Clinician Needs to Know (Dr. Jaime Brower, June 20) and Introduction to Police & Safety Psychology (Dr. Philip Trompetter & Dr. Jamie Brower, June 21)  More information

Comprehensive Fitness & Consultation, LLC in Phoenix, AZ has full- and part-time positions available for clinicians who are prepared to work with law enforcement and emergency services personnel.  Must be licensed or license-eligible in Arizona and prepared to work with children, family and couples. Send cover letter and CV to Amy White ( or fax 623-215-9959. 

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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