NACOLE Announces Summit for Local Baltimore Stakeholders
On October 14, 2016, with the support of the Foundation to Promote Open Society, the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE)and the Baltimore Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement Civilian Review Board (CRB) will partner to facilitate a one-day workshop focused on presenting information on best practices in civilian oversight and to develop recommendations to strengthen Baltimore’s Civilian Review Board.
Using the recently released findings by the U.S. Department of Justice on its investigation of the Baltimore Police Department as a backdrop, oversight practitioners, academics, community advocates and law enforcement will be brought together to provide insight on oversight best practices, as well as the importance of engaging both community and government officials. We look to address effective external oversight structures, policies, and practices, as well as community engagement strategies, with input from practitioners and experts who have had experience working with and under federal oversight. This event will serve not only as a means to provide useful information on civilian oversight, but it will also serve as a tool to help start a careful, deliberative process about what civilian oversight can look like in Baltimore. This will depend on the support, participation, and engagement of all interested stakeholders, including the community, the police, and local and federal government.
After hearing from and engaging with national and local experts, attendees will have the opportunity to network and then participate in facilitated discussion groups with the goal of discussing the issues presented, possible solutions, and next-steps.