Elmer N. Criswell is a valued member of the American Association of Police Polygraphists (AAPP) joining in 1978 who served as Director of Quality Control for AAPP until his passing in 2022.    

Elmer graduated West Liberty University (then West Liberty State College) in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in education and received his master’s degree in criminal justice in 1979 from Eastern Kentucky University.  Elmer entered the workforce as a police officer at the Clearview Police Department in Wheeling, WV where he quickly rose through the ranks and became the Police Chief. During this time in 1972, he also completed his training at the Zonn Institute of Polygraph and began his career as a polygraphist. He left Wheeling, WV in 1975 for an opportunity at Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) to teach criminal justice on a one-year temporary position which turned ultimately into a 45-year teaching career.

Elmer contributed selflessly 45 years of devotion and dedication to his students and the future of law enforcement through his teaching of criminology, criminal investigation, criminal law, and criminal evidence. Prior to his retirement from HACC in 2020, Elmer was an adjunct professor at multiple other universities. Elmer also carried this love for teaching to polygraph, where he was the Director and Chief instructor for Police Academy Polygraph School at HACC from 1979-1988 and 1999-2001, the PA Institute of Polygraph Sciences (Harrisburg, PA) from 1991-1997, and the Director and Chief Instructor for the Northeast Counterdrug Training Center Polygraph Institute (Ft Indiantown Gap, PA) from 2001 until his passing. Elmer impacted hundreds of law enforcement professionals from all over the country as a teacher, mentor, and most importantly a friend. 

The American Association of Police Polygraphists, Inc. sponsors an annual educational scholarship to any deserving and qualified applicant who is a graduating high school senior, an applicant currently attending college or an applicant pursuing any continuing education. The submitting applicant must be a child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or adopted or dependent child, sibling, or spouse. The applicant must have at least one parent, grandparent, uncle, aunt or legal guardian or spouse who is a MEMBER, LIFE MEMBER, or HONORABLY RETIRED MEMBER in good standing with the AAPP. The applicant's relative may be deceased as long as he or she was a member in good standing with the AAPP at the time of death. Each applicant must complete the application for eligibility.

The deadline for submissions is February 15th.  Late, incomplete, or applications missing required documentation will not be considered. 
The American Association of Police Polygraphists (AAPP) may award scholarship(s) annually. The AAPP Scholarship Selection Committee members consist of the current Executive Board and the five Region Directors. The Selection Committee is presided over by the Chairperson of the Board or designee. The Selection Committee determines the monetary amount awarded on an annual basis for this scholarship program. If the submitting applicant is a dependent of a Selection Committee member, said member will not act in the selection process.   Applications must be completed and submitted electronically no later than February 15th of the year in which the applicant applies. The chairperson AAPP Secretary or designee will present all completed applications to the Selection Committee for evaluation. Recipient(s) of the scholarship will be announced during the annual seminar meeting; recipient(s) name and photograph may be published (unless specifically requested not to) on the AAPP website. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we will not notify applicants if they have not been awarded a scholarship. 
Requests for any changes must be submitted in writing to the Chairperson. The Selection Committee must approve any deviation or changes required as part of this program and will make all decisions regarding the rules and information of the scholarship application. All applications are to be evaluated using a standardized analytic rubric. Decisions about the amount of the award, disbursement of scholarship monies and selection of recipients will be made by the Selection Committee. The Chairperson will notify the recipient of the scholarship award, and the AAPP Treasurer will ensure proper disbursement of monies to the recipient(s).
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