Canadian Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (CACOLE)

NACOLE has entered into a collaborative agreement with the Canadian Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (CACOLE).  CACOLE is an organization of individuals and agencies involved in the oversight of police officers in Canada.  CACOLE is “dedicated to advancing the concept, principles and application of civilian oversight of law enforcement throughout Canada and abroad.”

Established in 1997, CACOLE is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, which includes oversight representatives from agencies in each province, as well as First Nations and the Federal Government.  They also have a part-time Executive Director.  CACOLE’s members and supporters represent organizations from across Canada, including municipal and provincial police boards and commissions; First Nations, provincial, and federal oversight agencies; ombudsman offices; police associations; and professional standards bureaus, as well as justice, rights, and advocacy agencies and representatives of community agencies and police services.  More information about CACOLE is available on its website,

CACOLE and NACOLE hold particularly important positions within the oversight communities of Canada and the United States.  Notwithstanding differences in our models and approaches to oversight, we are unquestionably united in advancing the principles and practice of civilian oversight, and are uniquely positioned to do so.  This partnership is, I believe, an important step in the relationship between the two organizations, which represent the premier law enforcement oversight agencies throughout the world.

Click HERE to visit the CACOLE website.