Requirements and Selection Procedures

The IPSA Annual Award was started in 2014 to honor and reward excellent police science studies and research. IPSA believes that by giving a broad scope to this award - emphasizing how and what police science is - we can make a real contribution to our country, to protect and to serve with excellence and quality.

To be chosen, entries must have the highest standards of quality. By "quality" we mean embedded in the content of the entry paper are original, creative thoughts and ideas substantiated by best police practices and community relations, policy research and development, and Police innovation.


  • All active members and nonmembers are eligible for the IPSA International Award.


  • The research paper must be psychological in nature.
  • The paper must have a standard scientific methodology.
  • The paper must be written in Standard English between 6 to 10 double-spaced pages of narrative, (6 pages presentation and 4 pages attachment like figures, tables, and reference page).
  • Must use at least 12 point font of Arial font style, presentable and understandable approach.
  • A digital copy must be sent to the IPSA email to prepare it for judging.
  • Experiments, statistics, and other analyses are to be described in sufficient detail.
  • The paper should adhere to the appropriate presentation guidelines and identify the focus in police practice, community policing, research, and innovation.
  • A subscription fee of USD 2,000 for participating in the International IPSA Award. 

Selection Procedure

Each submitted research will judge by 5 independent Jury of security experts from the U.S.A, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia (an international jury appointed by IPSA), and a total average to be taken according to the finalist or shortlisted. The condition qualifying the final list must attain 90% of the total average mark by the jury.

The award-winning paper, together with the nominee paper and other outstanding contributions will be announced and published at the Conference of the International Police Science Association.

Judging of Entries

Judges appointed by the International Police Science Association Award Committee will select entries and will be evaluated both content and writing skills, and with compliances with all requirements listed above.

  • The paper contributes to excellence and best practices in research.
  • The paper is innovative, shows a high level of creativity, and innovation in the approach.
  • It indicates the impact on the community and its relations across culture in every country and indicates how may be best applied.
  • It values scientific, statistical, and analytical approaches and methods to gain insight or support community awareness.

Award Categories & Criteria

First Category: Criteria of Police Practices and Community Relations:

  • Study and planning
- 25%
  • Practical application
- 25%
  • Impact on society
- 50%

Second Category: Criteria of Police Research and Development

  • Methodology and scientific research tools
- 25%
  • Prior environmental analysis
- 25%
  • Result
- 50%

Third Category: Criteria of Creativity and Police Innovation

  • Relevance rate to policing field
- 25%
  • Significance and impact
- 25%
  • Improvement of police work environment
- 50%