Society for Police and Criminal Psychology

SPCP on the Gulf! 

The 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology  will be held September 30 through October 3 in Sarasota, Florida.

It is time to register for the conference and make your hotel reservations.  Conference Information

More information: ACCOP2019.pdf

2019 Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona

President Elect Amy White is organizing SPCP 2019!  Our 2019 meeting will be held September 22-25 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona.  This is the same location as our 2005 conference, now under new ownership. Hotel information

Congratulations New Diplomates!

SPCP is pleased to announce that Drs. Kristen Beyer, Kammie Juzwin and Byron Greenberg 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 2017 SPCP Conference in San Diego:

Cristina Ferrara received The Michael Serafino Award for Best Graduate Student Poster for “How Public Attitudes towards Police Influence Perceptions of the Use of Body Worn Cameras" (Co-authors: Karla Emeno, Holly Ellingwood, Elizabeth Schultheis, & Craig Bennell).

Amanda Powell received the Michael Serafino Award for Best Undergraduate Poster for "Influences on Juror Sentencing Decisions" (Co-authors:Megan Parker, Kethera Fogler, & JoAnne Brewster).

Johnathan Sharp and Lana Browning received the Edward O. Schaeffer Best Research Paper Award for “Citizen Video Journalism and Cynicism Toward Police in the United States: Results from a Study Examining Cynicism Toward the Police” (Co-author: Mara Merlino).

Lori Ann Dotson received the Eileen Gupton Best Professional Poster Award for “Decreasing Institutionalization for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities with Severe and Challenging Behavior Through Criminal Justice and Community Service Partnerships”  (Co-author: Kathryn Edwards).

Natasha Korva received the Chris Hatcher New Vision Award for “What Not to Wear: Investigating the Effects of Uniform Colour and Accessories on Citizens’ Perceptions of Police Officers” (Co-authors Heather McGale, Brittany Blaskovits, Logan Russell-Ewanation, Simon Baldwin, & Craig Bennell).

Edna Reid received the Wilson Kimbrough Award for Scholarly Work in Psychology and Criminal Justice with an Applied Focus for "Cyberattacks of Democratic Natinal Committee (DNC) during 2016 U.S. Presidential Election: Social and Psychological Lessons Learned”

Jason Roach received the Wayman Mullins Best Journal Article Award for “Dealing with the Unthinkable: A Study of the Cognitive and Emotional Stress of Adult and Child Homicide Investigations on Police Investigators” (Co-authors:Ashley Cartwright and Kathryn Sharratt).

Robin Inwald and Tammy McCoy-Arballo received the Davis Award for “Screening Profiles and Vicarious Trauma of First Responders, Police, Chiefs, and Firefighters (Qualified for POST CEUs)” (Co-author: Penny Dralle).

Jim Turner was posthumously named the first winner of the Jim Turner Mentorship Award. 

Recent Conferences

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.



Threat Assessment Training is available in the Washington DC Area from SIGMA Threat Management Associates on the following dates:
 -Sept 21 (Basic Course)
 -Oct 26 (Advanced Course)
 -Nov 30 (Basic Course)
 -Dec 14 (Advanced Course

The Counseling Team
is presenting a series of workshops in various locations in California including Basic Peer Support Training (September 24-26; October 30-November 1). More information

Building a Better Cop
will be presented by Badge of Life and the School of Public Safety of Valencia College in Orlando, FL, November 6-7.  More information

First Annual Fire Service Psychology Association Conference in Los Angeles, September 21. Join us in Bridging the Gap between professional psychology and the fire service. 8 CE units available.  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

The Public Safety Peer Support Association will have their third annual conference October 16-19 in San Diego, CA.  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





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