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.

2017 Conference in San Diego, California

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SPCP in San Diego!

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology will be held in beautiful San Diego, California.  Whether you are interested in great food, the amenities of a great city, or an outdoor adventure, San Diego has exactly what you are looking for, all in a place with consistently beautiful weather.  Information about the City of San Diego and San Diego County, including the famous San Diego Zoo, Seaworld, Legoland,  and great cultural and recreational options see or

Our meeting will be held on Wednesday evening through Saturday morning, September 13-16, 2017 at the Doubletree by Hilton San Diego Downtown Downtown, The hotel is in a prime downtown location, only 10 minutes from San Diego International Airport.  A free shuttle service is available from the airport.  The special SPCP room rate for this hotel is $149/night plus tax.  Rooms will be available until August 24, 2017 or until all rooms are booked.

This year’s President is Eric Hickey, Ph.D. (

SPCP 2017 Conference Theme: 
Expanding Roles in Police Psychology

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 will also be focusing upon the needs of our military as they relate to police and criminal psychology. We are interested in how police psychology interfaces with the military in preventing sexual assault and harassment, helping veterans who come in contact with the criminal justice system, and helping our veterans in managing PTSD.

The program is now available:  Program in Adobe Acrobat format (Updated 7-5-17).  

Presentations may be made by professionals only; students are not permitted to make presentations.  Professionals may also present posters if they prefer. 

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.

Students, including undergraduate and graduate students at any level, have been encouraged to submit posters.  There is an award and honorarium for the best student poster (see below for details). (Professionals who are enrolled in graduate programs will be recognized as professionals; they may submit presentation or poster proposals.)

The first-authors 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 SPCP member to register for the conference.) If you have questions regarding presentations or posters contact President Eric Hickey ( ) and cc to JoAnne Brewster (

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, 2017)  $375  $275
 Regular Registration (Starting July 1, 2017)  $425  $300


Register before July 1 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 complementary membership in SPCP through the end of 2018, 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.

Registration Instructions

You must be a current member of SPCP (your 2017 dues must be paid) before you can register for the conference. If you have been a member of SPCP in the past but you have not yet paid your 2017 dues, select "LOGIN" at the upper left corner of the screen and follow the directions to pay your dues. If you have not yet joined SPCP, click here to complete a membership form and pay your 2017 dues. After your dues are paid you can register for the conference.

To register for the conference, current members (whose 2017 dues are already paid) click here.

On the registration page, simply confirm your name and e-mail address, choose your registration type (full member or student member), and decide whether you would like to receive printed journals and/or earn optional CEUs. After you pay your fee, your conference registration will be complete. The opportunity to purchase a banquet ticket(s) will be posted soon.

Hotel Reservations

Rooms at the Doubletree by Hilton San Diego Downtown are available at the special conference rate of $149 per night plus tax. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, modern fitness center, and outdoor pool. Free internet is available in guest rooms. Our primary room block is from 9/13 through 9/15, and a few additional rooms are available for early arrivals (starting Sunday, September 10) and late departures (ending Monday, September 18). Book your reservation by following this link or call the national reservation line (855-610-TREE) or the hotel (619 239-6800) and request the "SPC" group rate. Reserve your room soon. This special rate is available only through August 24, 2017 or until all available rooms have been booked.

Annual Banquet

For this year’s banquet you will experience a spectacular San Diego evening from the comfort of a newly remodeled and spacious yacht! You will be greeted with a boarding glass of chilled champagne. Sit down to a delicious three-course dinner made on board from local, seasonal ingredients and served by award-winning stewards. Then head up for a spin on the dance floor or stroll the decks under the stars.  Enjoy breathtaking views of San Diego’s most famous sights, including the Coronado Bay Bridge, the Star of India, the North Island Naval station, and the USS Midway aircraft carrier. It’s a magical San Diego experience you won’t soon forget! 

What's included?

  • 3-hour Cruise Aboard a Yacht on San Diego Bay
  • If we have 100+ guests, we will have a private deck just for our group!
  • Boarding Glass of Chilled Champagne or Sparkling Cider
  • Choice of Three 3-course Dinner Menus Prepared Fresh Onboard the Ship (Vegetarian and Gluten-free Options Are Available)
  • Complimentary Coffee and Tea 
  • A Professional DJ for Music and Dancing
  • Views of San Diego that Change with the Courses
  • Free Wi-fi so you can Post Your Pics While you Cruise!

Our conference banquet will be held on Friday, September 15, 2017. The ship boards at 6:30 PM. The ship cruises from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. The cruise departs from a dock that is a 10 minute walk from the hotel. The banquet is not included with your registration fee. The cost will be $70.00 per person (including taxes, gratuity, landing fees, etc.) Guests are welcome--purchase as many tickets as you need. Tickets should be purchased in advance from this web site. Click here to purchase tickets.

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

2018 Annual Meeting

Our 2018 Annual Meeting is anticipated to be held in Sarasota, Florida. 

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

2016 Conference

Our 2016 conference was held in Austin, Texas, September 25 - September 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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