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


Request for Proposals to Host the 2018 Annual NACOLE Conference Now Available

NACOLE's Board of Directors invites proposals for its five day Annual Conference to be held in September or October 2018. Although NACOLE produces many opportunities for information exchange and dialogue, the annual conference is the premier event, providing specific, up-to-date training workshops for oversight practitioners, members of government entities concerned with oversight of police departments, community members... Read More

Summer Edition of the NACOLE Review Now Available

The summer edition of the NACOLE Review has just been posted.  In this edition find information about our upcoming Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico and our Keynote Speaker, Roy Austin, Jr., who serves as the Director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs, Justice, and Opportunities.  Read More

NACOLE Now Seeking Candidates for the 2016-2017 NACOLE Board of Directors

To be eligible, candidates shall have been association members in good standing for one year; they must have attended at least one of the two previous annual conferences; and their membership dues must be current. This year, the membership will elect the President, the Vice-President, and three Board members at the Annual Meeting on September 28, 2016. Read More


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    Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 12:00 PM through September 29, 2016
    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Confronting Systemic Injustice

    The 22nd Annual Conference of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement

    Incidents over the past several years have brought attention to the mistrust and broken relationships between police and the communities they are sworn to serve and protect. It is one of the most pressing challenges facing our nation.  In communities of color particularly, policing practices that are perceived to be overly harsh, unjust, or unfair, regardless of whether those practices are deemed lawful, can undermine police legitimacy. When the members of one racial group are significantly more likely to be stopped, searched, arrested, or even shot by the police, maintaining trust becomes immensely more difficult.  

    In order to rebuild this broken trust we must first look to mechanisms that will allow us to begin the process of confronting a history that has fostered the same systemic injustice that we see on the front page of newspapers and on the news daily. Civilian oversight is one of these mechanisms. It brings together the many stakeholders involved in supporting trusted, respectful, and effective law enforcement efforts. It breaks down the walls between police and the public and enhances the understanding by both parties by reminding police that they ultimately serve the public’s interests, and by educating the community on the unique and difficult challenges officers encounter every day. 

    Join us in September 2016 as we bring together the ever-growing community of civilian oversight practitioners, community members, law enforcement officials, journalists, elected officials, students and others working for greater accountability and trust. Be a part of the conversation as we explore the different ways civilian oversight can work to confront the systemic injustices that have plagued our country for far too long.  


    The city of Albuquerque, New Mexico will serve as our host 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.

    This year's conference hotel is the DoubleTree which is connected to the Albuquerque Convention Center where our conference sessions will be held. For additional information on registration, conference schedule, hotel rates, and travel information, please click on the icons above.