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 50 people.
To view a recent Microsoft PowerPoint presentation about our Diplomate Program click here. For more information on the Diplomate in Police Psychology or to obtain an application, please contact James S. Herndon, Ph.D., Ed.D., Chair, Diplomate Committee, 109 Hatfield Court, Longwood, FL 32779, (407) 682-1397, E-Mail: DrJHerndon@aol.com
Review Board Committee
Mike Aamodt, Ph.D., Radford University
(Applicable to members of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology as of November 1, 1988.)
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Applicants whose application materials are approved by the Review Board Committee 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 by three diplomate members of the Society.
Names in blue indicate active Diplomate status. Click underlined names to read a brief biographical statement of the Diplomate
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