Recent Reports

In 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) awarded a Community Policing Development (CPD) grant to the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE). NACOLE sought to provide comprehensive guidance on civilian oversight for oversight practitioners, law enforcement, community organizations, and local officials in order to further develop effective civilian oversight throughout the United States. With support and funding from the COPS Office, NACOLE has developed nine in-depth case studies of civilian oversight agencies throughout the United States; a searchable, online database of civilian oversight agencies and their characteristics; and a report on the state of the field and effective practices. Links to the main report and case studies which were published in 2021 can be found below.


The Evolution and Growth of Civilian Oversight: Key Principles and Practices for Effectiveness and Sustainability (Executive Summary)


Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement: Report on the State of the Field and Effective Oversight Practices


NACOLE Case Studies on Civilian Oversight:

Civilian Oversight Agency Database