Society for Police and Criminal Psychology


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.

View Program (.pdf) <--Updated 9/20/18

If you have questions regarding this event contact Society President, James Herndon, Ph.D., Ed.D. (

Conference Registration

Register now for the SPCP Conference. Choose among the following registration options:

   Full Members
 Late Registration (Starting September 9, 2018)  $400  $350


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. A total of 14 CEUs will be available at the conference. Continuing Education Information

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.

We can no longer issue refunds for conference fees to members who can't attend the meeting.  All registration fees have been used to prepay conference expenses.

Hotel Reservations

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".

SPCP Annual Banquet

Luau on the Beach
SPCP 2018 Sarasota
The Sandcastle Resort (just south of the conference hotel)
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
6:00 – 8:00 PM (note time change)

Come join us for the SPCP Annual Banquet to be held on the beautiful Gulf Coast beach provided by the Lido Beach Resort.

A special Luau menu has been prepared by the Lido beach Resort Chef:

Salad Options:
  • Tropical garden salad- mixed greens, heirloom tomato, Maui onions, charred pineapple, toasted coconut. Pina colada dressing and mango vinaigrette.
  • Rice noodle salad- thin rice noodle, peppers, scallion, sesame seed, miso dressing
  • Tuna poke- cubed tuna, scallion, sesame seed, macadamia nuts, soyu ginger vinaigrette

Entrée Options:

  • Kalua pig- roast pork, napa cabbage, sweet onions
  • Steamed mahi mahi - coconut lemongrass nage, pineapple salsa 
  • Mochiko chicken- rice flour battered chicken, scallion, warm tomato salad 
  • Mango BBQ shrimp skewer- grilled shrimp, pani-olo barbeque sauce  
  • Okinawan sweet potato- coconut milk 
  • Pineapple fried rice 

Desert Options:

  • Pineapple rum raisin cake 
  • Kona coffee cholate ganache cheesecake 

Entertainment will be provided by the Aloha Nui Hula Dancers, with leis for all, and audience participation.
Tickets are $65 per person. Tickets are no longer available. 

We can no longer issue refunds for banquet tickets to members who can't attend.  These funds have been used to prepay for our banquet.

Call for Proposals (Closed)

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:

  • Criminal Psychology/Criminology
  • Correctional Psychology/Criminal Justice
  • Forensic Psychology/Forensic Science
  • Operational Psychology/CyberThreats
  • Police Psychology/Law Enforcement

We hope to emphasize the following themes:

  • Education Issues
  • International Trends in Police Psychology
  • Emerging Issues in Police and Criminal Psychology
  • Changing Roles of the Police Psychologist

The deadline for submission of proposals for 20-minute presentations or posters was 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 (

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. (

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 ( 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 were due April 15.

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

2019 Annual Meeting

Our 2019 Annual Meeting is anticipated to be held in Phoenix, Arizona.

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

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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