25th 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 [email protected].  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 [email protected] for further assistance. 


September 22, 2019 at 12:00pm - September 26, 2019
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
400 W Renaissance Dr
Detroit, MI 48243
United States
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NACOLE's Director of Training & Education · · (317)721-8133