Society for Police and Criminal Psychology


Conference in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
September 21 - 24, 2022


SPCP President Nadine Deslauriers-Varin announces that SPCP 2022 will be held from Wednesday, September 21 through Saturday, September 24, 2022 at the Hôtel Le Concorde Québec, the skyscraper landmark hotel of the mythical Grande Allee Avenue in Old Quebec, A UNESCO World Heritage treasure. Old Quebec is the only fortified city north of Mexico and offers everything from historical and cultural activities to outdoor adventures and vibrant nightlife. The hotel is within walking distance of all the main touristic attractions, shopping, award-winning restaurants, bars and terraces. To learn more about Quebec City and to make the most of your time visit its touristic website. More information about the hotel. Please note that this will be an in-person only event.

Visit our event-specific website to plan your visit to Quebec City.  The site has information about planning your local adventure including great restaurants and cultural attractions, travel documents required to enter Canada, as well as COVID-19 restrictions and guidance.


Call for Proposals

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 clinicians, academics, police officers, legal professionals, students, and other professionals involved in the scientific study of the criminal justice system. Our conference is a wonderful opportunity to share ideas, best practices, and cutting-edge research in the fields of police and criminal psychology. This year we especially welcome presentations and posters that address the conference theme: Policing in a changing society.

The deadline for submission of proposals for presentations or posters was May 1st, 2022. We are no longer accepting conference proposalsPresentations 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 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 brewstja@jmu.edu.

You do not have to be a current member of SPCP to submit a presentation or poster proposal, however, presenters are expected to join SPCP, pay 2022 dues, and register for the conference shortly after proposal decisions are distributed.

When you submit your proposal for SPCP 2022, to ensure our 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)
  • You must attach the CV of the primary author to your submission.  You may optionally attach additional CV’s.
  • For presentations only, three learning objectives for your presentation.
  • For presentations only, three references (journal articles, book chapters, or books) that support the presentation content.  (This is a new APA CEU requirement.)
  • Conflict of interest disclosure.  Any potential conflict of interest must be briefly described on the submission form.

Please carefully prepare and proofread your submission.  If accepted, your submission will be used to prepare 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.

The deadline for submitting proposals was May 1.  We are no longer accepting proposals.  More than 120 proposals were submitted!  Thank you so much for this tremendous response!  Please allow approximately one month for the program committee to make decisions regarding individual proposals.  Direct questions to President Nadine Deslauriers-Varin (spcp.2022@gmail.com) and copy JoAnne Brewster (brewstja@jmu.edu).

Conference Registration

You must be a member of SPCP and your dues for 2022 must be paid before you can register for the conference.

Register by June 5 for the best rates! Choose among the following registration options:

  Full Members
 Student Members
 Early Registration (Pay by June 5, 2022)
$325 $250
 Regular Registration (June 6 - July 31, 2022)
 $400  $300
 Late Registration (Starting August 1, 2022)*
 $450  $350

Notes:

  • All rates are shown in U.S. Dollars.
  • The conference registration fee includes receptions (opening and poster session), some meals (breakfast and lunch) and refreshments, but tickets to our annual banquet are sold separately.  You can purchase banquet tickets (3-course dinner cruise on the St Lawrence River) for $85 when you register. There is a limited number of tickets available for this event so please buy your tickets early.
  • Conference registrants will receive a complimentary membership in SPCP through the end of 2023, 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).  The Institute has no approved continuing-education-provider status with Canadian boards.  You will need to complete documentation of your attendance and submit it to the CEU provider.  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.
*Since these need to be ordered in advance, participants who register late may not receive a participant bag.

You must be a member of SPCP and your 2022 dues must be paid before you can register. 

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Our Banquet

Friday, September 23, 2022, participants and their partners are invited on the Louis Jolliet Cruise Ship for a 3-course Dinner and private live music performance. Enjoy your table d'hôte (fixed price meal) while admiring the magnificent panorama, as Quebec City and the Château Frontenac light up before your eyes from the St. Lawrence River! For guests who wish to dance to the rhythm of DJs’ music, dance floors will be available inside our private deck as well as outside on the terrace, after dinner. The cruise departs from the Quai Chouinard, which is only a 6-minute drive from Hotel Le Concorde Quebec.
 
The ticket price includes:

  • 3.5 hours cruise tour
  • Culinary experience aboard - 3-course meal
  • Exceptional viewpoint
  • Entertainment, dance floor, and access to bars

The conference registration fee includes receptions (opening and poster session), some meals (breakfast and lunch) and refreshments, but tickets to our annual banquet are sold separately.  You can purchase banquet tickets when you register.  Tickets are $85 per person.

Cruise participants will be able to choose among several meal options including a vegan/gluten-free option.  This is a private event for conference participants and their adult guests, held in a separate room on the ship.  For our event, the cruise-ship company will not provide a special menu or reduced-price tickets for children.

Purchase tickets for the banquet on your conference registration form.  If you need to purchase tickets separately, after you register, do so by following this link.  

Conference registrants may purchase tickets and they may also purchase additional tickets for their partners. There is a limited number of tickets available for this event so please purchase your tickets early.

Hotel Reservations

SPCP 2022 will be held at Hôtel Le Concorde Québec, the skyscraper landmark hotel of the mythical Grande Allee Avenue in Old Quebec.  A discounted reservation rate is available to conference attendees of CAN$189 per night (approximately US$150) from Sunday, September 18 through Monday, September 26, allowing participants to extend stays before and after the conference so you can fully enjoy this wonderful city.  Make your reservation here. 


Whether you are looking for adventures or an urban and cultural experience, Quebec City is for you! Don't miss the Annual Meetings of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology, live and in-person, September 21 - 24, 2022!

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

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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

2021 Conference

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

Click here to view the program.

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.

Click here to view the program.

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.

Click here to view the program.

2017 Conference

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

Click here to view the program.

2016 Conference

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

Click here to view the program.


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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