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The field of oversight of law enforcement has grown significantly in the last few years. With it, the needs of practitioners and communities looking to establish civilian oversight have also grown; the current national outcry for police reform has accelerated that growth rapidly. NACOLE is working hard to meet the demand but money is often a limiting factor. With your help, we could increase our capacity for outreach, advocacy, and education. We want to strengthen and expand oversight throughout the country, and give those tasked with doing this challenging and essential work the support and professional development they need to be strong, effective community-change agents. Your donation will directly support NACOLE’s top 3 priorities:

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NACOLE Releases COVID Protocols for 2021 Annual Conference

As you all know, COVID-19 still poses a risk to many in our community. Because of this we have decided to take the following precautions at this year’s event in Tucson to protect you and those you will come in contact with Read More

Registration for the 2021 Annual Conference is NOW OPEN!

This year the 27th Annual NACOLE Conference will include two separate components - one virtual and one in-person. The virtual component will include 32 individual webinars that will be presented live with recordings available for viewing to registrants. This component of the conference will take place August – October with no more than one session taking place on any given day. The in-person component will include four days of more in-depth training for those interested in or doing the work of civilian oversight of law enforcement, jails, or prisons. The in-person component will be held December 12-16, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona. Individuals will be able to register for either the virtual component, the in-person component, or both. Read More



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    Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 01:00 PM

    Implicit Bias Training for Law Enforcement: Current State of the Field

    Implicit Bias Training for Law Enforcement: Current State of the Field

    The social psychologists who study bias and prejudice accidentally discovered implicit bias in the late 1980s. We learned from these social scientists that implicit bias is different from explicit bias and that even well-intentioned people have implicit biases that can affect their perceptions and behavior. This recognition‒that there are two ways (not just one) that bias/prejudice could manifest in law enforcement officers‒led to the development and implementation of implicit bias training (IBT).

    The purpose of this webinar is to report on the current state of implicit bias training within the law enforcement arena. Dr. Fridell will describe the content and form of high-quality IBT, share what we know about the effectiveness of such training, and report on common myths. She will also share what chiefs and sheriffs need to do to support and promote impartial policing in their agencies beyond merely providing IBT for their sworn personnel. It is important for individuals who provide oversight for police agencies to understand the various elements of the “comprehensive program to produce fair and impartial policing” so that they can ensure that the agencies they monitor are implementing promising practices in the realm of recruitment/hiring, policy, training, leadership/supervision, measurement, operations and outreach to diverse communities.

    Join us for this webinar on Wednesday, January 19, 2021 from 2-3:30 PM EST


    Lori FridellLorie Fridell

    Dr. Lorie Fridell is a Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of South Florida (USF)in Tampa, FL. Prior to joining USF in August of 2005, she served for six years as the Director of Research at the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). Dr. Fridell has over 30 years of experience conducting research on law enforcement. Her research and other endeavors have been supported by over $7.5 million in grants, primarily from the US Department of Justice. Her primary research areas are police use of force, police deviance and violence against police. She has written articles, chapters and books on these and other topics.

    Dr. Fridell is a national expert on biased policing and implicit bias training. Publications on these topics include academic articles, such as “Explaining the disparity in results across studies assessing disparity in police use of force” (2017) and “Racial aspects of police shootings: Reducing both bias and counter bias” (2016). Fridell has additionally written several books on biased policing—the most recent of which is Producing bias-free policing: A science-based approach (2017). With national experts on the science of implicit bias and funding from the US Department of Justice, Fridell developed the Fair and Impartial Policing (FIP) training program.


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