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


25th Annual Conference Commences September 22nd!

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The National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) and the University of Texas School of Law and Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs are soliciting manuscripts for the 2020 NACOLE Academic Symposium, which will be held at the University of Texas School of Law on March 6, 2020.  The event will bring together practitioners, policy makers, policing and corrections experts, and advocates for independent civilian oversight of law enforcement with a broad range of academics pursuing research and scholarship in the areas of policing, corrections, and/or civilian oversight of law enforcement and corrections. Read More

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NACOLE Soliciting Proposals for 2021 Annual Conference

In 2021 we will be holding our 27th Annual Conference.  With increased attention to police-community relations, we have seen a sharp increase in attendance in the last three years.  By 2021 we anticipate that our conference will attract over 500 attendees from across the United States and around the world. NACOLE's Board of Directors (Board) is seeking proposals for its five-day annual conference to be held in September or October 2021 and a three-day planning meeting to be held in January or February 2021. Read More


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    Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 12:00 PM through September 26, 2019

    2019 Annual NACOLE Conference

    Celebrating NACOLE at 25 - Courage, Collaboration, and Community

    In 1993, members of the United States delegation to the International Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, met to discuss issues relating to civilian oversight of law enforcement within the U.S. The focus of the meeting was the creation of a national organization that would address these issues. Two years later, a group met in Landover, Maryland, and held the first conference of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE). Although this first meeting largely centered around the creation of NACOLE, the annual conferences eventually came to be an invaluable place for training and networking for all those working in and around civilian oversight of law enforcement.

    This fall we will be gathering in Detroit, Michigan to celebrate NACOLE's Twenty-Fifth Annual Conference. We hope that you will join us September 22-26, 2019 as NACOLE and the greater oversight community come together to celebrate our accomplishments, discuss issues and effective practices in oversight, and honor those that have worked to establish and grow this organization.

    This year's conference will feature four tracks that contain information that touches on all of the Core Competencies for Civilian Oversight Practitioners:

    • Training
    • Community Trust
    • Institutional Culture and Correctional Oversight 
    • Collaboration 

    Within these four tracks conference attendees will be able to choose from 31 different plenary and concurrent sessions covering topics such as the principles of civilian oversight and effective practices; community-police mediation; building juvenile correctional oversight; and how to build relationships with law enforcement while maintaining your independence.

    In addition to attending sessions like those noted above, attendees will have the opportunity to network with hundreds of others in the ever-growing community of civilian oversight practitioners, community members, law enforcement officials, journalists, elected officials, students and others working for greater accountability, transparency, and trust. They will be a part of a learning and networking event that will provide inspiration, ideas, and practical knowledge to overcome challenges and continue the work.

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    The Detroit Board of Police Commissioners, who will be celebrating their 45th year in 2019, will serve as our hosts and, in the midst of a schedule of training, they will share with us their work as a community to promote trust and transparency and serve as a bridge between the police and the communities they serve.

    Cancellation Policy:

    Please note that all cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to the NACOLE Director of Training and Education at info@nacole.org.  Cancellations made before August 23, 2019 will be refunded, minus a $50 processing fee.  NACOLE will not be able to refund any portion of the registration fee for cancellations made on or after August 23, 2019.  If you need to transfer your registration to another person in your organization rather than cancelling, please contact Cameron McEllhiney at mcellhiney@nacole.org for further assistance.