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


Registration is NOW Open for the 24th Annual NACOLE Conference

Join us September 30th - October 4th in St. Petersburg, Florida as NACOLE and the greater oversight community come together to discuss the continued need to work toward change and the methods by which we can all work to affect real and sustainable reform. This year's conference will feature four tracks: Training for Oversight, Correctional Oversight, Building Public Trust, and Sustainable Reform Efforts. 

Within these four tracks conference attendees will be able to choose from 31 different plenary and concurrent sessions covering topics such as less lethal policies and tactics; sexual harassment; assessing institutional culture; best practices for volunteer review boards; and the anatomy of police-community relations. Read More

NACOLE Response to the Surprise Removal of Independent Ombudsman Debbie Unruh

In recent years, and throughout 2017, Texas Juvenile Justice Department Independent Ombudsman Debbie Unruh issued a series of reports that drew widespread attention to significant problems within Texas juvenile lockup.  This included reports of sexual abuse, staff misconduct, and other serious mistreatment of juvenile detainees.  On January 30, 2018, news reports were published indicating that Texas Governor Greg Abbott had removed Ms. Unruh from her position as Independent Ombudsman, without explanation. Read More

NACOLE President Brian Corr Shares Message for the New Year

NACOLE President Brian Corr posted his message for the New Year to members and supporters of the organization. In his message he discusses accountability, resilience, and justice - and his hope to move us towards a trauma-informed approach to oversight. Read More



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    Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 02:00 PM

    Investigating Search & Seizure Allegations

    Join us Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 2:00PM ET, at our next event in the 2018 NACOLE Webinar Series.

    Police work requires finding a balance between performing a public safety function and protecting individual rights. Although the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution lays some of the groundwork for actions officers can take while still maintaining this balance, they are further guided by various legal principles and operating procedures. The investigations that result from allegations that relate to search and seizure rules are detailed and complex, and often hinge upon the totality of the circumstances to determine if any actions resulted in misconduct. As a result, there are many challenges to investigating search and seizure allegations, especially when those investigations are made by civilians with a view toward analyzing alleged misconduct. 

    Although this presentation presupposes a basic familiarity with search and seizure law, the first part will give a brief overview of the Fourth Amendment, and the guiding legal principles that need to be utilized to perform the legal research necessary to determine the dispositions of allegations.

    The webinar will also discuss ways to conduct a detailed investigation. There will be a discussion of how to gather evidence and weigh the information collected, while separating facts from speculation and subjectivity. There will also be a detailed discussion of how to conduct comprehensive interviews, including the importance of basis of knowledge, asking open-ended questions, terms to avoid, confronting subjective explanations of innocuous behavior, and gathering the justification for each action.

    The lecture will conclude with discussing how to analyze the facts that have been gathered in the context of the rules. Ultimately, attendees will walk away with a better understanding of the detailed nature of search and seizure investigations, and the importance of careful legal research to analyze the justification of the actions taken by law enforcement.

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    Jennifer_Jarett_photo.jpgJennifer Jarrett

    Jennifer Jarett, the Deputy Director of Training for Investigations at the Civilian Complaint Review Board, has been with the agency for eleven years. Jennifer began her tenure as an investigator and spent several years supervising dozens of investigators. Jennifer currently leads the New Investigator Training course and creates and leads continued and advanced trainings for the investigative staff. She was a co-presenter of the “Evaluating Use of Force” lecture at the 2017 NACOLE Annual Conference, and is currently a member of the NACOLE Training, Education, & Standards Committee. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.