Society for Police and Criminal Psychology

Conference Louisville, Kentucky, USA
September 25 - 28, 2024

Join us for SPCP 2024 in Louisville Kentucky!  An evening reception is being planned at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby.  Home of the Muhammed Ali Center and the Louisville Slugger Museum and FactoryLearn more about Louisville, Kentucky.

Conference Reservation

You must be a member of SPCP and your dues for 2024 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 1, 2024)
 $400 $350
 Regular Registration (June 2-July 31, 2024)
 $450 $400
 Late Registration (Starting August 1, 2024)
 $475 $425



  • You must be a member of SPCP and your 2024 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 2025, 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.  
  • 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 Sunday, September 1, 2024.
  • 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

The annual SPCP Banquet will be held at Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby, on Thursday, September 26.  Post time is at 5 p.m., but the races don't start right away. We’ll have a great private space for members to meet, and watch the races, personal betting windows only for us, and a meal. The banquet room has balconies that overlook the entire racetrack, including the finishing line.  Tickets for the banquet are $80 per person, which is quite a bargain, since it costs $45 to get through the doors at Churchill Downs.  Partners and friends are welcome; just buy their tickets when you purchase your own. The banquet fee includes a buffet dinner; non-alcoholic beverages; bus transportation from, and returning to, the conference hotel; and admission to the classic racetrack. Vegetarian options will be available on the buffet. A cash bar will also be available. Join us to check Churchill Downs off your wish list!


Hotel Reservations

Stay at the Brown Hotel, a Louisville Landmark since 1923.  Conde Nast rated this hotel the #1 Hotel in the South. Tour the hotel.  A special conference rate of $209/night is available from Tuesday, September 24 through Sunday, September 29.  Make your reservation here.

Call for Proposals

The deadline for submission of proposals for presentations or posters was May 1, 2024. To discuss the possibility of a late submission contact 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, investigative and judicial processes, and corrections. We invite participation from researchers and scholars, as well as professionals who apply principles of psychology and counseling in their direct work with law enforcement and the criminal justice system.  This year we will be inviting greater participation by law enforcement professionals, so we also seek presentations that address practical issues that benefit officers directly and can contribute to officers’ continuing education.  We hope to develop a program that aligns with two themes:

Law Enforcement: A Profession of Honor.  Within this theme we seek presentations that focus on officer support and training, including such topics as law enforcement recruitment, training, and support; community orientation; emotional intelligence; effective interpersonal skills; de-escalation; and use of force.  Best practices and other contemporary issues of policing are welcome, including diversity and inclusion, pre-employment and fitness-for-duty assessments, and professional ethics.

Cutting Edge Insights: Psychology's Role in Criminal Investigation.  This theme is dedicated to presentations and discussions on topics such as criminal profiling (behavioral analysis), hostage and crisis negotiations, psychological aspects of crime, and other aspects of the integration of psychology into criminal investigations. It can also include innovative techniques in forensic psychology, the impact of mental health on criminal behavior, and strategies for interviewing and interrogating suspects.

SPCP 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 themes, but all student poster submissions are welcome.

Oral 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 only eligible to submit posters. There is an award and honorarium for the best student poster.

Experienced practicing professionals/academics who are also 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. Non-members are welcome to submit proposals, however, if your proposal is accepted, you must join SPCP and pay 2024 dues to register for the conference. If you have any questions regarding presentations or posters contact Dr. Marina Sorochinski ( and copy Dr. JoAnne Brewster (

To ensure our ability to offer APA-approved Continuing Education Units (CEUs), when you submit your proposal, you will be required to submit the following information with your proposal:

  • The name and contact information for the author who will receive correspondence from the program committee.
  • The name, 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.
  • The CV of the primary author. You may also attach additional CVs if you wish.
  • 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 required 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 exactly as submitted. 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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The full program, including author information and presentation abstracts is currently available.

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

2023 Conference

Our 2023 conference was held in Arlington, Texas, September 20-23, 2023.

Click here to view the program.

2022 Conference

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

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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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