Diplomate in Police Psychology
The Diplomate in Police Psychology, awarded by the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology (SPCP), is the premier board certification in this specialty area of applied psychology. SPCP is an eclectic association of professionals (e.g., psychologists, professors, researchers, attorneys) with an interest in matters of law enforcement and behavioral science, but only psychologists are eligible for the diplomate certification in police psychology.
Police psychology encompasses many specialized services provided to law enforcement agencies by psychologists, such as pre-employment psychological testing, specialty assignment and fitness-for-duty evaluations, organization development, training, hostage negotiation team consultation, and critical incident stress debriefing.
In order to assess these areas of knowledge, written and oral examinations in person are required of all candidates for the diplomate. These examinations are designed and administered by currently active diplomates in police psychology. Attainment of this high and rare distinction signifies that the holder has demonstrated to a board of peers his or her expertise in the history, theory, principles, practices, techniques and ethics of police psychology. Those who qualify are recognized by their peers as capable and accomplished in police psychology
Diplomate status is a level above graduate training and state licensure requirements. As a minimum, police psychologists hold a doctoral degree in professional psychology and have appropriate credentials to practice psychology within the jurisdictions of their respective states, typically requiring years of supervised experience and post-graduate training. SPCP provides an advanced venue in which police psychologists continue their postgraduate educational experiences.
In its more than 30 years as a professional association, the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology has awarded the diplomate to fewer than 60 people.
View more information about our Diplomate program. For more information on the Diplomate in Police Psychology or to obtain an application, please contact Dr. James Herndon (PolPsyDipDir@gmail.com).
Materials should be submitted by postal mail or e-mail to:
Diplomate Review Board
Your application fee may be paid by credit card online or by check made out to the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology and mailed to JoAnne Brewster, James Madison University, MSC 7704, Miller 1151, Harrisonburg, VA 22807.
The 2017 conference will be held in San Diego, CA, September 13-16. The number of Diplomate candidates that can be assessed during the conference will be limited. Applicants requesting review at this conference must submit all application materials no later than August 15, 2017.
Questions about the Diplomate should be directed to Dr. James Herndon (PolPsyDipDir@gmail.com) .
Applicants whose application materials are approved by the Review Board will be scheduled to sit for the diplomate examination at the next Society conference. The diplomate examination consists of a comprehensive written examination and an oral examination (focused on areas of expertise) by three diplomate members of the Society.
(The SPCP Diplomate was originally established on November 1, 1988. The requirements listed above were approved by the Board of Directors on February 25, 2016.)
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+ Names marked + indicate that the Diplomate is an active member of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology.