Annual Conference

Since NACOLE's first event in 1995, the organization has worked to put together a comprehensive, informative, and inclusive Annual Conference program that addresses both skills training and current and emerging topics.  Stretching over fours days, the conference provide a forum where the growing community of civilian oversight practitioners, law enforcement officials, journalists, elected officials, students, community members, and others can meet to exchange information and ideas about issues facing civilian oversight and law enforcement.

Past Annual Conferences      

  • Monday, August 16, 2021 at 02:00 PM

    2021 Annual NACOLE Conference

    For the past 26 years, NACOLE has held an annual conference that brings together the ever-growing community of civilian oversight practitioners, community members, law enforcement officials, academics, journalists, elected officials, students, and others to meet and exchange information and ideas about issues facing civilian oversight and law enforcement.

    Since the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, calls for law enforcement reform and the implementation of enhanced civilian oversight mechanisms have continued in ways that we have not seen since the beginning of our organization in 1995. This year's annual conference will focus on building on this momentum, ensuring that the work for meaningful and sustainable change continues. Experts from the United States and around the world will share information on strengthening the work of police, jail, and prison oversight as well as innovations that will push civilian oversight forward in this era of reform. The schedule will also include information on trauma informed approaches and wellness practices that are so important as we continue the work.

    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.

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    Additional information regarding the schedule and speakers can be found through the registration link above.  Speaker and session information will be updated as it becomes available and is subject to change without prior notice.

    Please note that registration for virtual events are non-refundable. Registration requests for the in-person event made prior to November 12, 2021 will be honored minus a $100 processing fee.