Society for Police and Criminal Psychology

Conference Arlington, Texas USA
September 20 - 23, 2023

Join us for SPCP 2023 in Arlington, Texas!  An evening reception is being planned for Wednesday, September 20.  Presentations will begin early on Thursday, September 21 through Saturday, September 23 at approximately noon. During the conference we will have poster sessions for both students and professionals. Breakfasts and lunches on Thursday and Friday are being planned as well as a banquet event. The conference will take place at the Hilton ArlingtonLearn more about Arlington, Texas.

View Conference Program
The full program, including author information and presentation abstracts is currently available.

Conference Registration

You must be a member of SPCP and your dues for 2023 must be paid in order to access the link to register for the conference.

Choose among the following registration options:

   Member  Student Member
 Early Registration (Pay by June 16, 2023)
 $375  $325
 Regular Registration (June 17 - July 31, 2023)
 $400  $350
 Late Registration (Starting August 1, 2023)
 $450  $425



  • You must be a member of SPCP and your 2023 dues must be paid before you can register.
  • All rates are shown in U.S. Dollars. Rate discounts expire at midnight, Eastern Time in the U.S.
  • The conference registration fee includes receptions (opening reception and poster session), some meals (breakfast and lunch), and some refreshments, but tickets to our annual banquet are sold separately.
  • Conference registrants will receive a complimentary membership in SPCP through the end of 2024, which includes 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, 12-15 CEUs are available at each conference. The Institute for Continuing Education will issue verification of continuing education credit earned by attendees through its approved continuing-education-provider status with the American Psychological Association (APA). Please pay for CEU's when you register for the conference. After you register, if you decide you want CEU's, you may add them to your registration (click here).
  • Conference participants who register as students are NOT eligible to make presentations.  Student members are encouraged to submit proposals to present posters
  • The final date to cancel your conference registration and receive a refund of your registration fee is Friday, September 1, 2023.
  • Since certain conference materials must be ordered in advance, participants who register late may not receive all materials that are distributed at check in.

Annual Banquet



Join SPCP for an evening at one of the most fabulous stadiums in the world!  AT&T Stadium is the home of the Dallas Cowboys. It hosts hundreds of events throughout the year, including college football games, concerts, shows, and banquets like ours.

The Friday night Banquet for SPCP will be held at this fabulous stadium, just a stone's throw from the conference hotel.  The evening will start off with a guided tour of the stadium, including a visit to the field, the Dallas Cowboy locker room, guest locker rooms, various luxury boxes, and other special spaces within the stadium.The tour will be followed by a sumptuous dinner and drink tickets for 2 free alcoholic beverages.
The Banquet will be on Friday night, September 22, 2023, beginning at 6 PM. Transportation from the conference hotel will be available.

Tickets to the banquet are $90/each.  Conference participants may purchase tickets for themselves and their guests.  For planning purposes, tickets must be purchased by noon on September 21.

Hotel Reservations

Our conference will be held at the Hilton Arlington.  The hotel is a five-minute drive to Six Flags Over Texas, and two miles from Choctaw Stadium/Globe Life Field (home of the Texas Rangers) and AT&T Stadium (home of the Dallas Cowboys). The DFW International Airport is a 15-minute drive.  The hotel is equipped with a fitness center, outdoor pool, a restaurant, and a bar and grill.  A special hotel reservation rate of $159/night, plus taxes, is available at this hotel registration link.

Make your hotel reservation as soon as possible.  The special rate is available for arrivals starting Tuesday, September 19 through departures ending Saturday, September 23.  The special registration rate will be available until September 8, and will be discontinued sooner if our reserved room block is sold out.

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.  

Get further information about the Michael Serafino Award

Call for Proposals

The deadline for submission of proposals has passed.  If you would like to submit a late proposal please request permission from Dr. Marina Sorochinski ( and copy Dr. JoAnne Brewster (

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. We welcome participation from clinicians, academics, police officers, legal professionals, corrections officers, and other professionals involved in the scientific analysis and applications to this field, broadly defined.  Our conference is a wonderful opportunity to share ideas, best practices, and cutting-edge research in the fields of police and criminal psychology. Presentations on diversity and inclusion, pre-employment and fitness-for-duty assessments, and professional ethics are encouraged.  Our group seeks to promote the development of the field, so we encourage participation by students; we host a poster session to give students the opportunity to share their ideas.  This year we especially welcome presentations and posters that address current issues that align with the conference theme:

Building and Supporting Law Enforcement in the Community.

The deadline for submission of proposals for presentations or posters is May 15, 2023.Presentations may be made by professionals/academics only. Professionals/academics 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. Experienced practicing professionals/academics who are currently enrolled in a doctoral program may request to do a presentation. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis; please contact the CEU chair, JoAnne Brewster at

The primary (corresponding) author of proposals for presentations and posters will be notified about the status of their request a few weeks after the submission deadline. Presenters are expected to register for the conference shortly after proposal decisions are distributed. You must be a current 2022 SPCP member to access the registration form to register for the conference. If you have any questions regarding presentations or posters contact Dr. Marina Sorochinski ( and copy Dr. JoAnne Brewster (

When you submit your proposal for SPCP 2023, to ensure our conference’s ability to offer APA-approved Continuing Education Units (CEUs), you will be required to enter the following information:

  • The name and contact information for the author who will receive correspondence from the program committee.
  • The names, highest degree earned, e-mail address, affiliation and position title for each of the presentation or poster authors.  
  • The exact title of your presentation or poster as it will appear in the program.
  • A presentation abstract that will appear in the conference program.  (Limit: 2000 characters).
  • Three learning objectives for your presentation or poster.
  • Attach the CV of the primary author to your submission.  You may optionally attach additional CV’s.
  • Three references (journal articles, book chapters, or books) that support the presentation content.  (Because of APA CEU requirements, 3 supporting references are required for all presentations, but they are not requested for professional or student posters.)
  • Conflict of interest disclosure.  Because of APA CEU requirements, any potential conflict of interest must be briefly described on the submission form.

Please carefully prepare and proofread your submission.  If accepted, details from your submission will be included in the conference program. Your submission will not be considered complete unless it includes all the information requested on the form and your CV is received. Timely submission of your proposal and CV would be most appreciated.

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Conference History

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.

View locations and past presidents list

2022 Conference

Our 2022 conference was held in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, September 21-24, 2022.

Click here to view the program.

2021 Conference

Our 2021 conference was held online on Zoom, September 30-October 2, 2021.

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2020 Conference

Our 2020 conference was held online on Zoom, November 5-7, 2020.

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2019 Conference

Our 2019 conference was held at the Embassy Suites Hilton in Scottsdale, Arizona, September 22 - 25, 2019.

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2019 ACCOP Conference in Singapore

2018 Conference

Our 2018 conference was held in Sarasota, Florida, September 30-October 3, 2018 at the Lido Beach Resort.

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2017 Conference

Our 2017 conference was held in San Diego, California, September 13-16, 2017 at the Doubletree by Hilton San Diego Downtown. 

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2016 Conference

Our 2016 conference was held in Austin, Texas, September 25-28, 2016 at the Marriott Austin South.

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2016 ACCOP Conference in Singapore

2015 Conference

Our 2015 conference was held in Atlanta, Georgia, September 30 - October 3, 2015 at the Georgian Terrace.   

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2014 Conference

The 40th annual meeting of the Society was held in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 17-20, 2014.  The conference program is available here.

2013 Conference

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.

2012 Conference

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.

2011 Conference

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.

2010 Conference

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.


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