The Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology presents peer-reviewed reports and research findings covering the theory, practice and application of psychological principles in criminal justice, particularly law enforcement, courts, and corrections. The Journal publishes papers on police psychology including personnel assessment, therapeutic methods, training, ethics and effective organizational operation. The Journal also offers articles focused on criminal behavior, the application of psychology to effective correctional practices, and in facilitating recovery of crime victims. The contributors, and the readership, includes psychologists, criminologists, sociologists, legal experts, social workers, and other professionals comprising the many facets of the criminal justice system, both domestic and international.

This is the official journal of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology (SPCP).

  • Peer-reviewed reports and research covering the theory, practice and application of psychological principles in criminal justice
  • Covers police psychology including assessment, training and ethics
  • Includes articles on criminal behavior, correctional practice, and psychological recovery of crime victims

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  • James S. Herndon
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100 days
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150 days
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172,546 (2020)

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  • Call for Papers: Special Issue on Police Investigations and Investigative Practices

    This special issue aims to provide an opportunity for international scholars to present their empirical findings (both quantitative and qualitative) related to police investigations and investigative practices. Possible topics that may be empirically addressed include, but are not limited to: criminal intelligence analysis, psychological profiling, geographical profiling, crime linkage, offender decision making and crime scripts, police interviewing, false allegation and credibility assessment, prioritization practices, and implicit biases and policing.

    Guest Editors: Nadine Deslauriers-Varin, Francis Fortin
    Proposal Deadline: July 24, 2020

  • COVID-19 and impact on peer review

    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

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