About Us

The National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) is a non-profit organization that brings together individuals and agencies working to establish or improve oversight of police officers in the United States. NACOLE welcomes people and organizations committed to fair and professional law enforcement that is responsive to community needs. NACOLE, established in 1995, is incorporated under the laws of the State of Maryland. The organization has an elected board of directors, which is composed of individuals in the field of citizen oversight of the police. The board manages the organization pursuant to a set of by-laws. NACOLE is dedicated to promoting greater police accountability through the establishment or improvement of citizen oversight agencies by:

  • organizing an annual training conference to increase the knowledge and skills of staff members and volunteers who work in oversight.
  • act as a resource to jurisdictions considering the creation or revitalization of oversight bodies.
  • identifying best practices as they emerge from the experiences of members.
  • encouraging networking, communication and information-sharing to counter the isolation inherent in the profession.
  • furnishing information to government officials and community representatives that will support their advocacy of oversight in their states, counties, cities and towns.