Society for Police and Criminal Psychology


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SPCP in San Diego!  The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology will be held in beautiful San Diego, California,September 13-16, 2017 at the Doubletree by Hilton San Diego Downtown, More information

  • The call for presentations and posters is now closed. 
  • Register for the SPCP conference by June 30 and save! 
  • Make your room reservations.  The special conference room rate is available through August 24 or until all available rooms are reserved. 
  • Buy your banquet tickets now this our annual event; this year we will be participating in a a dinner cruise!

Recent Conferences

Conference in Austin, Texas.  The 42nd meeting of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology, September 25 through September 28 was a tremendous success!   Conference Program  More information

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

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

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

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

The 2013 Asian Conference on Criminal and Operations Psychology (ACCOP) was a tremendous success.  More Information  

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


 Help Needed in Houston

First Responders in the Houston area are working in excess of 120 hours per week in response to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Select departments are seeking consultation from a psychologist specializing in disaster relief. Additionally, a resource list of providers in the Houston area, who are willing to provide therapy to first responders at a discounted or sliding scale rate, is being developed. If you know of anyone who can help, please have them contact Dr. Sara Lapacka at


Psychologists needed for a 911 operators training program.   More information

P.E.A.C.E. Workshop.  Investigative interviewing techniques used by international law enforcement will be presented by Jonathan Davison of Forensic Interview Solutions on November 2-3 at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia..  All are welcome.  Registration required.  More information

Threat Assessment and Management will be the subject of a seminar conducted November 13-16 in Raleigh, NC, by Drs. Reid Meloy, Ph.D., ABPP and Kris Mohandie, Ph.D., ABPP.  More information

Threat Assessment & Violence Prevention Training will be conducted by Sigma Threat Assessment Associates in Washington, DC, September 15.

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

If you, or someone you know, has been the recipient of an SPCP Award (e.g., Shaffer, Hatcher, Kimbrough, Gupton, or Mullins), please forward the pertinent information to Dr. James Herndon, who is attempting to reconstruct, update, and verify all such awards given to date.  Provide year of award, name of award, name of recipient(s), and title of presentation or poster.  Send to

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 Traning 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





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