Society for Police and Criminal Psychology


Conference

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.

2019 Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona

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 at the Embassy Suites Hilton in Scottsdale, Arizona, September 22 - 25, 2019.  This hotel is the same location used when we were previously in Scottsdale.  The hotel is located approximately 15-20 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. See reservation information below.

Click here to view draft program. (Subject to change without notice!)

Conference Registration

Register now for the SPCP Conference. Register by June 30 and save! Choose among the following registration options:

  Full Members
 Student Members
 Early Registration (Pay by June 30, 2019)$350
 $300
 Regular Registration (July 1 – August 31, 2019) $375 $325
 Late Registration (Starting September 1, 2019) $400 $350

Notes:
Register by June 30 for the best rates!

The conference registration fee includes some meals and refreshments, but tickets to our annual banquet are sold separately.

Conference registrants will receive a complimentary membership in SPCP through the end of 2020, 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.

Your 2019 dues must be paid to register for the conference.

Register by submitting a form and paying online.

Banquet Tickets

This year’s banquet will be held Tuesday, September 24th from 6:00-9:00 pm. It will be on site, at the conference hotel.  Dinner will include a special Native American performance by Native Spirit.

The banquet is not included with conference registration.  Tickets are $65 per person and include a buffet dinner with a native touch. You are welcome to buy banquet tickets for your guests as well – the more the merrier!

Purchase banquet tickets here.

Hotel Reservations

This hotel is the same location used when we were previously in Scottsdale several years ago, but the hotel has been renovated.  The hotel is located approximately 15-20 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Rooms at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort are available at the special conference rate of $149 per night plus tax. Rooms are available from September 19 through September 27 on a space-available basis. Make your reservations early!

Accommodations are two-room suites with private sleeping areas and separate living rooms, small refrigerator, microwave, and coffeemaker. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, pool, fitness room and tennis courts.  There are lots of local and Phoenix attractions nearby. Breakfast is included for all hotel guests in the hotel’s breakfast area. There is also a manager’s reception each night for all hotel guests that includes two complimentary drinks. All conference events will be held at this hotel. The banquet and poster session will both be outside, weather permitting. The hotel provides a free shuttle to Old Scottsdale.

Book your reservation by following this link or call +1 480 949-1414 and request the SPCP 2019 Conference rate. Note that the Daily Resort Charge mentioned on the website is INCLUDED in your registration when you register at the SPCP 2019 Conference rate. 

Call for Proposals

Working and Engaging in a Diverse World

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 individuals in professional practice, academics, police officers, legal professionals, and students. This year we especially welcome presentations and posters that address aspects of working and engaging in the fields of police and criminal psychology in a diverse world.

The deadline for submission of proposals for presentations or posters was May 15, 2019. 
The call is now closed!

Presentations may be made by professionals only; students are not permitted to make presentations.  Experienced practicing professionals who are 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 (brewstja@jmu.edu). 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 may also present posters if they prefer.

The primary author of proposals for presentations and posters will be notified about the status of their requests shortly after the submission deadline. Presenters are expected to register for the conference shortly after proposal decisions are distributed.  You must be a current 2019 SPCP member to access the registration form to register for the conference.  Once we receive your conference registration, your membership will be manually extended through 2020 within a few working days.

If you have any questions regarding presentations or posters contact President Amy White (amy@cfcheroes.com) and copy JoAnne Brewster (brewstja@jmu.edu).

To ensure our conference’s ability to offer APA-approved Continuing Education Units (CEUs), every submission MUST include two learning objectives (requested on the submission form). After submitting the form, please email your current Curriculum Vitae (CV) to JoAnne Brewster (brewstja@jmu.edu). 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.

Presentation and Poster proposals are submitted by completing the form available online.

Poster Recommendations

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.  

Get further information about the Michael Serafino Award

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

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

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   

2015 Conference

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

Click here to view program.

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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