Nicolle Barton has 18 years of professional practice and experience in training, leadership, and operations. Nicolle began her career in corrections with the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole in 2001 as an Officer I. She was promoted to several positions before becoming a Unit Manager in Ferguson. She worked in various capacities in this role which included supervising staff in the largest district in St. Louis. Nicolle helped write the curriculum and start the first St. Louis County P.E.A.C.E. (Preparation for Employment and Career Enhancement) program. This Cognitive Behavior Program was designed for chronically unemployed offenders to overcome barriers to employment and help them make the transition from prison to community successful.
She has earned her Master’s Degree in Legal Studies from Webster University in St. Louis. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice from Southern Illinois University. She has a background in both law enforcement and community outreach.
Nicolle worked in the Ferguson community during the Ferguson crisis and volunteered in the community to assist with reform efforts. She has been a longtime supporter and volunteer for Social Justice Reform and Criminal Justice Reform. Nicolle served on the St. Louis County Board of Executives for the Family and Domestic Violence Council from 2009 until 2016. She served on a subcommittee that helped develop the first ever St. Louis County Domestic Violence Court. Nicolle was the Department of Corrections Co-Chair on Domestic Violence for the State of Missouri. She also helped train the entire Southern region of the State on Domestic Violence as well as supervised officers in the Domestic Violence Unit. Nicolle currently sits on an anti-hate task force.
Nicolle has helped develop and write policy and procedures, implement training, and have served on various committees throughout her tenure. She has implemented Strategic Planning and Community Outreach efforts in the St. Louis City and surrounding areas. She has conducted numerous trainings including Domestic Violence, Pathways to Change, Career Development, Victim Impact, Life Skills Training, Anti-bias/Anti-racism, Communication skills, and Women in leadership roles.
Nicolle often presents and meets with Coro Fellows in Public Affairs which is a leadership development organization that connects diverse leaders from public, private, and civic sectors and empowers them to work together to build a thriving St. Louis Community.
Nicolle is currently an Oversight Practitioner who is responsible for monitoring, reviewing, and investigating allegations of officer misconduct with respect to the rights of all parties involved. She assists with the development and implementation of training programs and teaches skills that will enhance understanding of diverse communities, de-escalation techniques, and overall communication skills.
MEMBERSHIPS AND CERTIFICATIONS:
- Member of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement
- Member of PLAN (Professional Latin Action Network)
- Certified as a Fraud Examiner
- Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
- Member of IACA (International Association of Crime Analysts)
- Certified as an Oversight Practitioner
- Recognized as a leader in “Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women”
- Louis County Board of Executives for the Family and Domestic Violence Council
- Trained in Crisis Intervention
- Member of FOCUS St. Louis
- Ferguson 1000
KEY SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
- “A Road to Building Community Trust”, NACOLE Regional Training 2016
- “From Protest to Policy”, Lindenwood University 2017
- “Civilian Oversight in a Changing Landscape”, National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement, Annual Conference, Spokane, Washington 2017