NACOLE…we are the preeminent professional association for the law enforcement oversight industry. We inspire and assist those wishing to create oversight agencies. We inspire our membership to lead from within by providing professional development, networking, support and advocacy. We have come a long way as an organization since my first attendance at a NACOLE conference in Chicago in 2004.
I am excited to be writing to you as our incoming 2019-21 President. I have stepped into the shoes of a titan, Past President Brian Corr. President Corr made great strides in continuing to build a strong organizational foundation that will enable NACOLE to better serve and support, not only our membership, but the communities in which we live and serve. I look forward to working on and advocating for additional support for members and agencies that seek to create or increase their oversight authority or that are under attack.
As the New Orleans Independent Police Monitor, I have prioritized community-led policing as my organization’s guiding principle and as the most effective vehicle for systemic change. As Board President I will extend this principle to NACOLE and work to include more grassroots and community voices in all aspects of NACOLE operations. I will also work to oversee a successful launch of the Peer-to-Peer Support program and robust and inclusive discussions about professional standards that meet the needs of oversight agencies.
Most importantly, I am ready to get underway and work with our oversight community to make the year, a year of accomplishments. If we all work together, our increased involvement will improve enforcement oversight and attract new members.
Finally, hopefully it will also allow each of us to contribute more, do more and reignite passion for our very important work.