Training & Education

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To further its mission, NACOLE works to bring together the growing community of civilian oversight practitioners, law enforcement officials, journalists, elected officials, students, community members, and others to meet and exchange information and ideas about issues facing civilian oversight and law enforcement.  In addition to it's annual conference, NACOLE conducts regional training and networking events, and gathers academics and scholars from different fields to discuss and encourage multi-disciplinary work on police oversight, and encourage relationships between civilian oversight practitioners, police professionals, and scholars.

  • Friday, April 28, 2017 at 08:30 AM
    Indianapolis Urban League in Indianapolis, IN

    Indianapolis Regional Meeting

    Moving Forward Together: Civilian Oversight in a Time of Transition

    NACOLE is excited to annouce that the next event in the 2017 Regional Meeting Series will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana. On April 28, 2017, those working in and around civilian oversight of law enforcement will gather with local and national experts to discuss civilian oversight, reform efforts, and how we work to move forward in a time of political transition.

    In addition to the neworking opportunities, attendees will have the opportunity to come together to learn and discuss the following topics:

    • Civilian Oversight in a Time of Transition

    • Outreach to Immigrant & Other Vulnerable Communities

    • The Open Data Initiative and the Importance of Access to and Accuracy of Data
    • What Investigators & Civilian Review Boards Should Know about Investigative Techniques

    • Front-end Accountability and the Importance of Policy Analysis

    In addition, the end of the day will include an opportunity for the overisght practitioners in attendance to meet and discuss the work they are doing, their challenges, and the opportunities ahead.

    Thank you to the Indianapolis Citizen Police Complaint Board and the City of Indianapolis for their generous support of this event.

    NACOLE Regional Events allow those working in, for, and around civilian oversight to gain knowledge and the opportunity to establish additional connections with those doing similar work in the area of police accountability.


    There is no cost to attend this event, however seating is limited.  Please note that registration for this event will close Wednesday, April 19th.

  • Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 02:00 PM
    A NACOLE Webinar Series Event

    Assessing the Credibility of Witnesses

    Assessing the Credibility of Witnesses

    Join us Thurday, May 18, 2017, 2:00PM ET*, as we welcome John Alden of the San Francisco Department of Police Accountability (DPA) to discuss concepts and techniques important to both those who investigate and those who review cases of police misconduct. This one-hour webinar will cover the basic concepts used in credibility determinations in administrative cases and discuss the preponderance of the evidence.  In addition, it will address specific behaviors and actions of witnesses which, in total, will help build confidence that one is able to make thoughtful credibility assessments and have the ability to explain it to others persuasively. To round out the training, Mr. Alden will provide specific techniques that can be used in police discipline cases to assist with credibility determinations. 

    Mr. Alden has been an attorney for the San Francisco DPA, formerly the Office of Citizen Complaints, since May of 2016. Prior to joining the Department of Police Accountability, he worked for over seven years as an attorney for the San Francisco Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division. He has helped conduct hundreds of police misconduct investigations in San Francisco, and presented cases regarding those investigations before courts and administrative bodies. He also supervises the Department of Police Accountability’s training program.


    Before his work in San Francisco, Mr. Alden was a prosecutor in the Bay Area for six years specializing in domestic violence prosecution, consumer fraud, and white collar crime. He then worked in private practice for five years specializing in wage and hour class action cases and related areas of employment law. Mr. Alden also served as an Unruh Fellow in the California State Assembly. Mr. Alden received both his Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley.

    *Please note that those who participate in this webinar will be able to apply 0.75 credit hours towards the CPO certification program.

  • Monday, June 12, 2017 at 08:30 AM
    ASU Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety

    2017 Academic Symposium

    2017 Academic Symposium CFP


    Please check back soon for additional event and registration information.


  • 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  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 for further assistance.