Brian Buchner has more than eleven years of direct experience working in civilian oversight of law enforcement, during which he has examined police and oversight practices across the nation. In that time, he has reviewed hundreds of sensitive law enforcement investigations, including those that arise in the aftermath of an officer-involved shooting, in-custody death, or other critical police-involved incident.
Currently, Mr. Buchner is a Policy Director in Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Public Safety, focusing on policing policy and liaising with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD); the Los Angeles Police Commission; and the Police Commission’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, he was a Special Investigator with the OIG, which provides civilian oversight to the LAPD. Before joining the OIG in 2007, Mr. Buchner was the Policing Specialist at the Police Assessment Resource Center (PARC), where he assisted Merrick Bobb, former Special Counsel to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and PARC’s Executive Director, in monitoring and critically reviewing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Mr. Buchner is the current president of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE), the nation’s largest and premier police oversight organization. On behalf of NACOLE, Mr. Buchner is a member of the operations and innovations working group for the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, a federally funded, multi-year effort to improve relationships and increase trust between communities and the criminal justice system. Mr. Buchner also serves as a subject matter expert for the U.S. Department of Justice and as an Adviser to the American Law Institute’s Principles of the Law, Police Investigations Project.
He has spoken about policing and oversight issues in a variety of forums, including testifying before President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Mr. Buchner has also participated on panels hosted by NACOLE, the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Society of Criminology, the California State Assembly, the Canadian Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement, the Homicide Research Working Group, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the Police Executive Research Forum, Seattle University, the United Nations, and the University of California-Los Angeles, as well as in communities across the country.
Mr. Buchner holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in criminology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.