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 five days, the conference provides 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 of law enforcement, jails, and prisons.

Past Annual Conferences      

  • Sunday, October 13, 2024 at 08:00 AM through October 17, 2024
    JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa

    2024 Annual NACOLE Conference

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    2024 Annual NACOLE Conference

    Thirty Years of NACOLE: Progress. Preservation. Perseverance.

    October 13 - 17, 2024

    The National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) is celebrating its 30th year. For the last three decades, NACOLE has worked to foster the growth of civilian oversight of law enforcement, jails, and prisons and provide support for those building and attempting to maintain effective and sustainable oversight agencies throughout the United States and around the world. We are proud to celebrate 30 years of progress, preservation, and perseverance at this year's annual conference. 

    NACOLE and the civilian oversight community it serves has embraced principles and practices that prioritize accountability and transparency and encourage law enforcement agencies to reflect the values of the communities they serve. While civilian oversight of law enforcement has expanded tremendously since 1994, with approximately 250 agencies throughout the United States. Nevertheless, it continues to face existential attacks and challenges. Some state governments have preempted local civilian oversight initiatives and in many jurisdictions oversight agencies lack adequate resources and access to the documents necessary to effectively carry out the mandates they have been given. These obstacles represent just a few of the threats that civilian oversight of law enforcement, jails, and prisons face on a daily basis.

    To address the challenges that civilian oversight currently confronts, conference sessions will focus on thinking beyond the traditional considerations of civilian oversight; sharpening skills for effective oversight; involving and engaging stakeholders; jail and prison oversight; nontraditional approaches to building and/or maintaining effective oversight; and expanding oversight's impact. Attendees will have the opportunity to select from over 25 plenary, concurrent, and roundtable sessions to share experiences and engage with peers and civilian oversight experts.

    We hope that those in and around the civilian oversight community will join us as we celebrate the last thirty years, explore and address the current state of civilian oversight, and examine the path forward for NACOLE and its work helping independent, civilian oversight entities striving to make their local law enforcement agencies, jails, and prisons more transparent, accountable, and responsive.

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    The JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa will serve as our host hotel and is the location of all of our daily sessions.
    • NACOLE has arranged for a block of rooms at a special rate of $169.00 per night for conference attendees.
    • Room rates are currently subject to applicable taxes of 12.05% plus $4.00 per room, per night. Please note, this information is provided to help estimate costs and NACOLE cannot guarantee actual expenses.
    • To receive the special rate, make your reservations on or before September 20, 2024 and indicate that you are part of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement Conference. 
    • The hotel requires that all reservations be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.
    • There are a limited number of rooms at the special rate. NACOLE cannot guarantee the special rate after the room block has sold out or after the special rate cut-off date, whichever comes first.
    • Reservations may be made by clicking the hotel icon above or by calling the hotel reservation line at (888) 527-8989.



    Why Tucson? Because you're looking to go somewhere that not everyone has gone. A place that's totally different than what you've experienced in the past, but that still has the amenities you'd expect. A place with uniquely breathtaking natural sights, located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert and surrounded by five mountain ranges and two districts of Saguaro National Park. A place that was recognized by UNESCO as the first City of Gastronomy in the United States. (Courtesy of Visit Tucson)

    Come a few days early or stay a few days late to experience all that Tucson has to offer, from museums to missions, food to festivals, and saguaros to shopping!



    For those of you who will be flying to this year’s conference, Tucson is served by the Tucson International Airport, which is approximately 15 miles southeast of the conference hotel. The hotel does not offer a free shuttle to and from the airport, so you may wish to utilize a ride-share service or taxi for a cost between $30 and $45. Another option is to fly into Phoenix (which is about 115 miles northwest of the hotel) and rent a car. If you are driving to the conference, self parking is available for a fee of $13 daily, and valet parking, with in and out privileges, is available for $35 daily.