Urgent Priorities to Further Our Reform Efforts

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:

1. Advocacy for civilian oversight

2. Training of oversight professionals

3. Defining and defending oversight with state-of-the-field research and data

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NACOLE Issues Request for Proposals for Fundraising Consultant

The National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) invites proposals from experienced, well-qualified, professional fundraising consultants/specialists to assist NACOLE in securing capacity-building funds, pursuant to a retainer contract, for an initial period of up to one year. NACOLE seeks to expand its services, reach, and influence by engaging a professional fundraising consultant to help NACOLE obtain capacity-building funds, for the purpose of hiring an executive director and other necessary staff. Read More

2021 Annual Conference Request for Proposal Now Available

Individuals and organizations are invited to submit proposals for workshops panels, and presentation proposals for NACOLE’s 27th Annual Conference. All proposals will be considered for the virtual conference. If your proposal is thought a good fit for the in-person component, you will be contacted to ensure your willingness to participate. All proposals and supporting documentation must be received by the Annual Conference Committee by 11:59 p.m. PDT on February 28, 2021...Read More

Two Additional Events in the 2021 NACOLE Webinar Series Now Open For Registration

NACOLE has just opened registration for the next two webinars in its 2021 series.  On February 23rd we will welcome Dave Maass to discuss civilian oversight of police surveillance technology and on March 3rd, in partnership with the Ernest Becker Foundation, we welcome Deborah Jacobs, Jon Maskály, Ph.D, and Sheldon Solomon, Ph.D. to address death and anxiety and police culture. Read More

Session Recordings for the 2020 Annual NACOLE Conference Will Be Available For Purchase Through February 28, 2021

One way in which we can be prepared for the path ahead is to engage in training, learn effective practices, and become aquainted with the innovative work that is happening around the country and the world. NACOLE will be holding the 2020 Annual NACOLE Conference virtually. This year's conference will be presented in the form of 32 webinars between July 20 - September 22, 2020. Read More



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    Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 08:00 AM through February 28, 2021

    2020 Annual NACOLE Conference

    **Although the live sessions of the conference are over you can still purchase access to the recordings through February 28, 2021.  Please note that the recording will only be available for view until this same date.**

    NACOLE believes that policing should be fair and consistent and that independent civilian oversight leads to more effective policing and safer communities. Despite the progress law enforcement oversight agencies across the country have made, much work remains if we hope to achieve lasting and meaningful law enforcement and criminal justice reform. One way in which we can be prepared for the path ahead is to engage in training, learn effective practices, and become aquainted with the innovative work that is happening around the country and the world.

    NACOLE is committed to providing you the content and resources it has delivered for over 25 years. However, the health and well-being of our members, supporters, and communities is of utmost importance to us. Therefore, due to the lingering issues associated with the COVID-19 crisis, we held our 2020 Annual NACOLE Conference virtually. This year's conference was presented in the form of 32 webinars between July 20 - September 22, 2020.  Up to four webinars were presented each week and fell under one of the four tracks presented this year:

    Dot_Green.pngInnovations and Work Impacting Civilian Oversight - Civilian oversight of law enforcement constantly seeks to improve its methods and to seek out techniques used elsewhere. The Innovations and Work Impacting Civilian Oversight Track will provide information to attendees and the expanding base of effective practices and new techniques to take back to their agencies.


    Dot_Orange.pngJail and Prison Oversight - The Jail and Prison Oversight Track will present attendees with a range of topics specific to both the culture of correctional institutions and the oversight of jails, prisons, and lock-ups. Current oversight practitioners and those who are working to create correctional oversight will gain insight into best practices and emerging trends in this expanding field.


    Dot_Yellow.pngOversight and the Broader Community  - At the heart of professional civilian oversight is the premise that community trust in law enforcement is essential to public safety in our communities. This track will explore how oversight professionals can understand and engage the community in order to help law enforcement departments establish trust within the communities they serve. 


    Dot_Blue.pngTraining - The Training Track provides attendees opportunities to understand the various principles and components of civilian oversight and to hone the technical skills used every day by those in oversight. Each session will present information that will be useful to those new to oversight and more experienced practitioners.


    Those interested now have the opportunity to register for all 32 session recordings as a package or to register for session recordings individually. Please note that each viewer must register separately. Those who register for the full package will have access to all 32 recordings and our special session with civil rights icon Dolores Huerta.  Those who register for individual sessions will have access to those specific sessions. Registration information and a full conference schedule can be found through the links below.

    2020 Annual Conference Registration2020 Annual Conference Schedule

    Please note that each viewer MUST register separately. All registrants will recieve a link directly for the session recordings. If you are a participant in our Certified Practitioner of Oversight program, please note that all webinars will be worth 1.5 credit hours.  In order for this year's virtual conference to count towards the conference attendance requirement, particpants will have to attend a minimum of 18 sessions.  Attendance will be be verified through webinar backend reports.  Particpants who are not on our registration list and on the backend webinar attendance reports will not receive CPO credit. Participants must still appear on our registration list and will be asked to certify that they have watched the video in its entirety before receiving CPO credit for the session.

    Because recordings of the session will be available to registrants, no refund  requests will be honored for this event.


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