31st Problem-Oriented Policing Conference

August 7-9, 2023

Boulder, Colorado (Embassy Suites by Hilton Boulder) 

Sponsored by the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing at Arizona State University 


Hosted by the Boulder, University of Colorado Boulder and Denver Police Departments  


The annual Problem-Oriented Policing Conference is often described by attendees as the most substantive policing conference they've ever attended. Each year, police officers of all ranks, as well as crime consultants and crime researchers, come together to discuss what they've learned about trying to reduce different crime and safety problems. Attendees choose the workshops they'll attend from an agenda that will feature more than 20 different crime and safety problems. In addition, leading up to the POP Conference, the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing sponsors an international competition to identify the top problem-solving projects of the year. These are also presented at the Conference and attendees help in judging the winning project for the Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing. Conference sessions are of varying sizes and use different formats, so you can choose the type of learning environment that works best for you. 

Conference Agenda

Conference program

Session topics will include the following. Additional topics will be added as the agenda is developed.

  • Policing homelessness-related problems
  • Reimagining campus public safety
  • Wildlife crime problem solving
  • Stratified policing 
  • Introduction to problem-oriented policing
  • Improving the police response to active shootings
  • Introduction to problem analysis
  • Introduction to situational crime prevention
  • Crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) 
  • Problem-based learning approaches to field training
  • Building organizational support for POP
  • Implications of online reporting for problem-oriented policing
  • Avoiding responses likely to fail
  • Goldstein Award finalists
    • credit card fraud
    • catalytic converter theft
    • animal poaching
    • indecent exposure
    • people with mental illness

 Registration Information

Register for the POP Conference

The registration fee for the conference is $525. 

Group Discount:  For every agency registering 5 or more persons, the POP Center will reduce the registration fee by $50 per person. If all attendees are registered at the same time, the registration system will automatically process the discount. If you have registered more than 5 attendees at separate times, please contact the POP Center at events@popcenter.org or 980-621-9337 for assistance.

Registration payments may be made online with a credit card or by mail with a check. Checks should be made payable to the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing and sent to: 

Center for Problem-Oriented Policing

Attn: Director Michael Scott

Arizona State University

411 N. Central Ave., Suite 600, Mail Code 4420

Phoenix, AZ 85004

Contact Information

For questions concerning the conference registration, please contact us by email at events@popcenter.org or by phone at 980-621-9337. 


Embassy Suites by Hilton Boulder Hotel located at 2601 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder, Colorado. The hotel room rate is $219 per night. Hotel reservations can be made here or by calling the hotel at +1 303-443-2600.  


Information on getting to Boulder from the Denver airport