Society for Police and Criminal Psychology


Police and Criminal Psychology During Challenging Times:  Current Issues and our Future

With 291 participants from around the world, wonderful presentations, posters and panels, and great idea exchange among participants, SPCP Online 2020 was a remarkable success!

Conference program. The conference was held November 5-7 on Zoom.

The following awards were announced during the conference:

Ed Shaffer Award: This award is given to the research presentation that best represents the spirit of Ed Shaffer, who had a solid commitment to research. This year’s Shaffer Award goes to the presentation:  Stress, Organizational Culture and Coping Strategies in the Police: An Empirical Investigation presented by Daniela Gutschmidt and Antonio Vera.

Bob Davis Award: This award is given to the presentation exhibiting best research incorporating sophisticated use of statistics and psychometrics. This year’s Davis Award goes to the presentation: Ensuring Non-violence and Diversity Tolerance Among Protective Services Officers: Construct and Criterion-related Validation Support presented by Brian W. Dreschler, Steven W. Billings, and John W. Jones.

Chris Hatcher Award: This award is given to the presentation that best demonstrates thinking that would advance the field of police and criminal psychology. This year’s Hatcher Award goes to the presentation:  Conceptualizing a Working Model of Intra-Organizational Trust, presented by Eunice Tan and Charmaine Lee.

Wilson Kimbrough Award: This award is given to the presentation that has the best applied approach to a “real-world” problem. This year there were two co-winners of the Kimbrough Award: Black and Blue: Police, Deadly Force, and Race, by Lawrence Miller and Naked and Not Afraid by Gary Aumiller

Wayman Mullins Award for Best Journal Article: This award is given for the best scientific article as published in the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. This year’s Mullins Award for best article goes to: An Interview Study of the Experiences of Police Officers in Regard to Psychological Contract and Wellbeing by Fazeelat Duran Jessica Woodhams and Darren Bishopp

Eileen Gupton Award for Best Professional Poster:  This award is given in recognition of a high quality and excellent professional poster displayed by a non-student. This year’s award goes to The Relationship between Perceived Police Legitimacy and Mock Juror Outcomes in a Police Use-of-Force Trial, by Holly Ellingwood & Craig Bennell.

Michael Serafino Award for Best Student Poster: This award commemorates Michael F. Serafino.  Michael was born on November 19, 1968.  He died on July 21, 1992 at the age of 23 while he was a graduate student in criminal justice studies at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  He was a student member of the Society of Police and Criminal Psychology who had attended in 1991, where he made a positive impression on Society members.  At the time of his death, Michael had been preparing a paper for presentation at the Society's 1992 annual conference.  This paper was never presented. In 1994 the Society inaugurated the Michael F. Serafino Best Student Poster competition in honor of Michael. His parents, Gerry and Ann Serafino, have been members of the Society since 1984 and remain supporters of SPCP to this day. This year’s Michael Serafino Award recipient  is In Service of the Future: Temporal Perspective and the Reporting of Deviant Close-Others by Minzheng Hou & Lile Jia.

Jim Turner Mentorship Award: This award is given to the Society member that has exhibited a high-level of mentoring students in furtherance of police and criminal psychology. This year’s Turner Award goes to Craig Bennell. Craig is regularly seen at conferences and other settings leading students in the knowledge of police psychology. We thank him for his leadership and continued dedication to improving our field.


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. 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.

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Announcements*

JPCP Editorial Board. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply for consideration as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology.  We are continually seeking active scholars, practitioners, and researchers who wish to lend their talents and insights to the content and direction of the Journal. Board Members are expected to not only offer advice and assistance to the Editor-in-Chief, but to also serve as article reviewers when requested, or to provide recommendations for better suited reviewers based on article topic. For more information contact Dr. James Herndon jpcpeditor@gmail.com

APA Urges Closer Partnerships Between Police, Behavioral Experts To Stem Racial Incidents  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

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

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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