"This Section offers psychological solutions to the problems faced by police agencies in the areas of personnel assessment, individual as well as organizational intervention, consultation and operational assistance. The Section acts as a resource to the Association on psychological and behavioral issues. It promotes ethical and empirically based practices through education, training, consultation, research, and the publication of guidelines covering a variety of psychologically related topics."
The Police Psychological Services Section of the IACP acts as a resource to the Association on psychologically-related issues in assessment, counseling, consultation and operational assistance. The Section provides continuing education and training to the Association and its members to further ethical and empirically-based practices, and develops and maintains a set of current guidelines for the Association's members as a resource for commonly encountered police psychological activities.
To be considered for membership, applicants must be psychologists with an unrestricted license as defined by licensing requirements in the applicant's state or country, or persons with the highest terminal degree in psychology required in the applicant’s country and who conduct police psychological services in a setting, or of a type, exempt from licensing requirements in the applicant’s state or country. To be considered for membership, the applicant must submit an application, curriculum vitae, copy of current license (if applicable), and three letters of recommendation from police chiefs, sheriffs, or top-level police administrators who have current knowledge of the applicant’s professional skills. References must be from separate departments (multiple letters from large agencies may qualify - contact the Section Membership Chair). At least one reference must be a current active member of IACP.
Psychological Services Section Membership Application
Section Governing Document
Application for Student Membership
Student Membership FAQ
Fitness for Duty Evaluation Guidelines
Officer-Involved Shooting Guidelines
Peer Support Guidelines
Preemployment Psychological Evaluation Guidelines
Guidelines for Consulting Police Psychologists
April 2017 Newsletter
May 2016 Newsletter
September 2014 Newsletter
2017 Police Psychological Services Section Agenda
2016 Police Psychological Services Section Agenda
2016 Business Meeting Minutes
2015 Police Psychological Services Section Agenda
2015 Business Meeting Minutes
2015 Educational Sessions: Selected Materials
2014 Police Psychological Services Section Agenda
2014 Business Meeting Minutes
2014 Educational Sessions: Selected Materials