National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement

NACOLE is a non-profit organization that works to enhance accountability and transparency in policing and build community trust through civilian oversight. Read More


NACOLE President, Brian Corr, Responds to President Trump's Recent Comments to Law Enforcement

"NACOLE stands with communities, civil rights activists, and police across the United States in condemning the remarks of President Trump on July 28, 2017 that encouraged law enforcement to use excessive force. Not only is it legally and morally wrong, it is never justified and always counterproductive to violate the rights and dignity of any person in the name of law and order. Indeed, commitment to the rule of law means adherence to policies, procedures, laws, and the U.S. Constitution in all circumstances. The concepts of community policing, procedural justice, and legitimacy demand that all persons are treated fairly and with respect at all times."

Request for Proposal (RFP) to Host the 2019 Annual NACOLE Conference Now Available

The NACOLE Board of Directors is seeking proposals from all those interested in hosting the 2019 NACOLE Annual Conference, to be held in September or October of 2019. We hope that you will consider submitting a proposal to bring the premier conference dedicated to civilian oversight of law enforcement to your city!  A copy of the RFP can be found through our Annual Conference page or by clicking HERE.

NACOLE Releases 2015-2016 Annual Report

NACOLE is pleased to present NACOLE’s Annual Report for September 2015 through October 2016. This report describes the organization’s work – carried out by the Board of Directors, NACOLE’s committees, the Director of Operations, and the Director of Training and Education – to advance the mission of NACOLE and the work of its members. It also contains the 2016 year-end financial report. Read More


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    Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 12:00 PM through September 14, 2017
    The Davenport Grand Hotel in Spokane, WA

    2017 Annual Conference

    Civilian Oversight in a Changing Landscape

    Increased attention given to incidents of police misconduct has, in turn, given increased attention to civilian oversight and its important role as a necessary component of sustainable reform. This has been demonstrated by the establishment and strengthening of civilian oversight agencies throughout the country, its inclusion in the Final Report of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and the overwhelming votes to strengthen civilian oversight in the cities of Denver, Honolulu, New Orleans, Oakland, and San Francisco in the November election.

    Although attention on civilian oversight has increased nationally, those working in, around, and for civilian oversight are navigating a changing landscape. New leadership at the federal level has already questioned the need for and results of police reform efforts over the last several years. Despite the challenges these changes have already made clear, there may be other opportunities for continuing those efforts. With the continuing need for expanding and institutionalizing civilian oversight, it is imperative that we work to identify and make the most of those opportunities.

    Join us this September in Spokane, Washington as NACOLE and the oversight community comes together to discuss the changing landscape, inevitable challenges, and the determination to continue the work to affect real and sustainable reform.  This year's annual conference will feature four tracks:

    • Current and Emerging Issues
    • 21st Century Policing
    • Effectiveness & Impact
    • Correctional Oversight

    Within these four tracks conference attendees will be able to choose from 31 different concurrent and plenary sessions covering topics such as Building Community Trust, Trauma Informed Policing, Mental Health and Segregation in Prisons, Auditing for Accountability, and Evaluating Police Use of Force.  In addition to attending these sessions, you will be with hundreds of others in the ever-growing community of civilian oversight practitioner, community members, law enforcement and correctional officials, journalists, elected officials, students and others working for greater accountability, transparency, and trust. You will be a part of a learning and networking event that will provide inspiration, ideas, and practical knowledge to overcome the challenges ahead and continue the work.








    The County and City of Spokane, Washington will serve as our hosts and, in the midst of a schedule full of training and the discussion of current and emerging topics, they will share with us their work as a community to rebuild trust between the police and the communities they serve.

    Cancellations & Registration Transfers:

    Please note that all cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to the NACOLE Director of Training and Education at mcellhiney@nacole.org.  Cancellations made before August 18, 2017 will be refunded, minus a $30 processing fee.  NACOLE will not be able to refund any portion of the registration fee for cancellations made on or after August 18, 2017.  If you need to transfer your registration to another person in your organization rather than cancelling, please contact Cameron McEllhiney at mcellhiney@nacole.org for further assistance.