The Society for Police & Criminal Psychology is a multi-disciplinary group that encourages the scientific study of the criminal justice system and the application of behavioral science knowledge to problems in criminal justice, including law enforcement, judicial, and corrections elements. Consequently, it solicits participation from psychologists, psychiatrists, lawyers, police officers, corrections personnel, social workers, and other professionals involved in the scientific study of the criminal justice system.
2018 Conference in Sarasota, Florida
Our conference is a wonderful opportunity to share ideas, best practices, and cutting-edge research in the fields of police and criminal psychology. Our next meeting will be held September 30 through October 3 at the Lido Beach Resort, 700 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota, FL, 34236. Sarasota Information See below to book your reservation.
If you have questions regarding this event contact Society President, James Herndon, Ph.D., Ed.D. (DrJHerndon@aol.com).
Call for Proposals
Our conference is a wonderful opportunity to share ideas, best practices, and cutting-edge research in the fields of police and criminal psychology. We want to hear from clinicians, academics, police officers, legal professionals, and students. This year we especially welcome proposals on the following topics:
We hope to emphasize the following themes:
The deadline for submission of proposals for 20-minute presentations or posters is April 15, 2018. Presentations may be made by professionals only; students are not permitted to make presentations. Professionals may also present posters if they prefer. Students, including undergraduate and graduate students at any level, are encouraged to submit posters. There is an award and honorarium for the best student poster (see below for details). (Professionals who are also enrolled in graduate programs may request to be recognized as professionals for the purposes of proposing a presentation. Please submit your request to James Herndon (DrJHerndon@aol.com).
The primary (corresponding) author of proposals for presentations and posters will be notified about the status of their request shortly after the submission deadline. Presenters are expected to register for the conference shortly after proposal decisions are distributed. (You must be a current SPCP member to register for the conference.) If you have questions regarding presentations or posters contact 2018 Society President James Herndon, Ph.D., Ed.D. (DrJHerndon@aol.com).
To make APA-approved Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available, every submission MUST include two learning objectives (requested on the form). After submitting the form, to complete the application process, please email your current Curriculum Vitae (CV) to JoAnne Brewster (firstname.lastname@example.org). Your submission will not be considered complete unless it includes all of the information requested on the form and is accompanied by your CV emailed separately. Timely submission of your proposal and CV would be most appreciated.
Presentation and Poster proposals are submitted by completing this online form.
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The conference registration fee includes some meals and refreshments, but tickets to our annual banquet are sold separately.
Conference registrants will receive a complementary membership in SPCP through the end of 2019, with online access to the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. Registrants who would also like to receive printed copies of the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology through the mail can do so by paying an additional $30 fee for printing and postage. That option will be available during the conference registration process.
Conference attendees may also earn credit for continuing education (CEUs) by paying an additional $40 fee when registering for the conference. Typically, approximately 15 CEUs are available at each conference.
Conference participants who register as students are NOT eligible to make presentations.
You must be an active member by paying your 2018 dues before you can register for the conference. Register for the conference here.
Rooms at the Lido Beach Resort are available at the special conference rate of $149 per night plus tax. Rooms are available from Thursday, September 27 through Saturday, October 6 on a space-available basis. Make your reservations early! All rooms have a refrigerator and microwave; some rooms have a kitchenette with full-size refrigerator, dishwasher, toaster and dishes. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, 24-hour fitness center, two pools and access to 300 feet of private beach. Book your reservation by following this link or call 866 306-5457 and request rate code "SPC0918".
The recommended size for posters is 3' x 4', however, 4' x 5' posters are acceptable. Larger size posters cannot be accommodated. A sample poster that can be used as a template is available here.
Award and Honorarium for the Best Student Poster
The Society for Police & Criminal Psychology advocates for the pursuit of academic excellence by encouraging the submission of posters by current students at the undergraduate, masters, or doctoral level. The Michael Serafino Award is given annually to the best student poster presented at our yearly conference. Posters are judged on scholarship, contribution to the fields of police and public safety psychology or criminal justice, and the quality of the poster presentation.
2019 Annual Meeting
Our 2019 Annual Meeting is anticipated to be held in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Society sponsors an annual conference held in the fall of each year at varying locations throughout the United States. The conference focuses on the interface between criminal justice and the behavioral sciences. It includes presentations on international perspectives in policing, specialized police procedures and techniques, personnel issues in criminal justice agencies, the law, litigation issues, inmate populations, probation and parole, and other issues affecting individuals in the criminal justice system.
2016 ACCOP Conference in Singapore
ACCOP was a tremendous success! ACCOP was a unique opportunity to meet and exchange information with experts in the fields of law enforcement, criminal and operations psychology, and behavioral sciences from both Asia and the West. More information
The 40th annual meeting of the Society was held in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 17-20, 2014. The conference program is available here.
The 39th Annual Conference of the Society for Police & Criminal Psychology was held at the Marriott Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, , September 25- 28, 2013. The conference program is available here.
The 38th Annual Conference of the Society for Police & Criminal Psychology was held at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama, November 7-10, 2012. The conference program is available here.
The 37th Annual Conference of the Society for Police & Criminal Psychology was held at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago, IL, October, 18-21, 2011. The conference included an International Summit day, with presentations from numerous international police psychologists. The conference program is available here.
The 36th Annual Conference of the Society for Police & Criminal Psychology was held at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii, September 20-23, 2010. The conference program is available here.