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To further its mission, NACOLE works to bring together the growing community of civilian oversight practitioners, law enforcement officials, journalists, elected officials, students, community members, and others to meet and exchange information and ideas about issues facing civilian oversight and law enforcement.  In addition to it's annual conference, NACOLE conducts regional training and networking events, and gathers academics and scholars from different fields to discuss and encourage multi-disciplinary work on police oversight, and encourage relationships between civilian oversight practitioners, police professionals, and scholars.

  • Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 08:30 AM

    Seattle Regional Training

    NACOLE is excited to announce the first event in our 2018 Regional Training Series in Seattle, Washington on June 28, 2018, at the Bertha Knight Landes Room in Seattle’s City Hall.   

    This training event, co-hosted by NACOLE, the King County Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO), the King County Office of the Ombuds, the ACLU of Washington, the Seattle Office of the Inspector General, the Seattle Office of Police Accountability, the Spokane Office of the Police Ombudsman, Seattle Councilmember Lorena González, and several community organizations, seeks to address many issues important to those interested or working in civilian oversight of law enforcement. In particular, this training will take on the topics of policing in sanctuary cities, inquests, reviewing police use-of-force, and how oversight offices can overcome the challenges of outreach. This training is geared toward a variety of audiences including, but not limited to, community members, oversight practitioners, justice system stakeholders, and academics.

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    Lunch will be provided along with a continental breakfast. We also invite all registered attendees to join us for a networking reception that will be held at the end of the day.  This will be an opportunity for attendees to further discuss the topics of the day and learn more about the work being done in King County and around the country.

    Please note that this event is open to all those wishing to attend. The registration fee for this event is $75 and includes training, continental breakfast, and lunch.  We anticipate offering CLE credits, pending approval, for an additional $25 fee.  NACOLE is able to waive the registration fee for those who find it would prohibit their ability to attend and are not seeking CLE credits. Please contact NACOLE's Director of Training and Education, Cameron McEllhiney at for more information regarding this or other training opportuntiies.

    If you need to cancel your registration, please note that we will not be able to refund any portion of your registration after June 21, 2018.  All refund requests must be made in writing to NACOLE Director of Operations at info@ and will be issued less a $25 processing fee.

    Nacole is grateful to the following sponsors who have made this event possible:

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  • Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 02:00 PM
    NACOLE Webinar

    Policing Our Classrooms

    Policing Our Classrooms:  Safety, Discipline, and Bias in the School Setting

    Join us July 31, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. EDT as we welcome Professors Josh Gupta-Kagan and Seth Stoughton to our next event in the 2018 NACOLE webinar series.

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    School districts across the country have police officers embedded in schools in an effort to provide security and protect kids from outside threats.  Recent tragedies have made these priorities newly urgent – but law enforcement’s presence in the schools has as many critics as advocates.  Concerns about the “school to prison pipeline,” and the disparate racial impacts of arrests and prosecutions, have complicated the questions of whether and how the police should be a presence on our campuses. 

    This webinar will feature two law school professors who have researched and written on these issues.  We will discuss the pros and cons of having officers in schools, and then offer some concrete ideas for addressing the risks and downsides. 

    Apart from their obvious deterrent effect and ability to respond quickly, campus police officers (sometimes referred to as “School Resource Officers” or “Educational Resource Officers”) ideally contribute to the school environment in a number of ways.  Proponents point to the value of relationship-building with young people, and the forum for positive interactions that are too infrequent in many communities.  Some campus officers relish the chances to educate and mentor in their areas of expertise. 

    Putting police officers in schools, though, comes with some significant risks and downsides.  There can be fine line, for example, between “community policing” and the sort of intelligence-gathering that erodes trust and leads to “mission creep.” School administrators may use the officers as an easy way to address behavior issues that have traditionally been handled as internal disciplinary matters.  And SRO programs may compete for scarce funding with other initiatives (such as more school social workers) which could also address behavior issues.

    The resultant “criminalizing” of youthful misconduct has several problematic and long-term consequences.  Secondary effects include lower graduation rates and future criminality.  Another troubling factor is that black students, students with disabilities, and LGBTQ students are statistically more likely than others to have their transgressions be referred to law enforcement and result in criminal charges.

    Fortunately, there are potential solutions for these issues, including tailored training for school resource officers on unconscious or implicit bias, force scenarios in schools, and interactions with students with special needs or a history of trauma.  As important as training officers is the need to develop clear, consistent understanding among school administrators and law enforcement agencies as to the role of school resource officers through memoranda of understanding, and policies governing when school officials may, may not, and shall report incidents to law enforcement.   

    This webinar will explore these topics, along with strategies for developing meaningful oversight of school resource officer programs in today’s environment.


    Josh Gupta-Kagan, J.D.

    Josh Gupta-Kagan, J.D.Josh Gupta-Kagan is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law and specializes in juvenile justice and child welfare.  Prior to becoming a professor, he practiced as a Senior Attorney at the Children's Law Center, a legal services organization in the District of Columbia devoted to a wide range of children's legal issues.  He is a graduate of Yale College, the New York University School of Law, and clerked for the Hon. Marsha S. Berzon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

    Professor Gupta-Kagan teaches the Juvenile Justice Clinic at the USC School of Law.  In the Clinic, he supervises third year law students who represent teenagers accused of delinquent acts in Family Court – cases which often involve incidents arising at school. 

    Professor Gupta-Kagan’s scholarship has appeared in The University of Chicago Law Review, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Alabama Law Review, and Wisconsin Law Review, among others.  His scholarship has addressed a range of juvenile justice and child welfare issues, including the Fourth Amendment rights of children at school, and the intersections between school discipline and the criminal and juvenile justice systems.  One article analyzes reforms pursued in the wake of the high-profile 2015 incident between a school resource officer and a high school student at the Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina, The School-to-Prison Pipeline’s Legal Architecture: Lessons from the Spring Valley Incident and its Aftermath.  His scholarship is available at

    Seth Stoughton

    Seth Stoughton, J.D.Seth Stoughton is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he is affiliated with the Rule of Law Collaborative. His scholarship focuses on the regulation of police, including police-community relations and the use of force. He is a frequent lecturer on policing issues, regularly appears on national and international media.

    Seth served as an officer with the Tallahassee Police Department for five years. In that time, he trained other officers, helped create policies to govern the use of new technologies, earned multiple instructor and operator certifications, and taught personal safety and self-defense courses in the community. In 2004, he received a Formal Achievement Award for his role as a founding member of the Special Response Team. After leaving the police department in 2005, Seth spent three years as an Investigator in the Florida Department of Education's Office of Inspector General, where he handled a variety of criminal and administrative investigations. In 2008, he received a statewide award for his work combating private school tuition voucher fraud.

    A graduate of Florida State University, Seth attended the University of Virginia School of Law. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Kenneth F. Ripple of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Prior to joining the faculty at South Carolina, Seth was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.

  • Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 12:00 PM through October 04, 2018
    The Vinoy Renaissance

    2018 Annual NACOLE Conference

    Sustaining Reform. Advancing Justice.

    Over the last year, we have experienced a difficult political and social climate and increasing division between communities and their police agencies. However, we have also seen a level of commitment to civilian oversight of law enforcement, to implement and sustain reforms, and to advance more just communities.

    Join us September 30th - October 4th in St. Petersburg, Florida as NACOLE and the greater oversight community come together to discuss the continued need to work toward change and the methods by which we can all work to affect real and sustainable reform.  This year's conference will feature four tracks that contain information that touches on all of the Core Competencies for Civilian Oversight Practitioners:

    • Training for Oversight
    • Correctional Oversight
    • Building Public Trust
    • Sustainable Reform Efforts

    Within these four tracks conference attendees will be able to choose from 31 different plenary and concurrent sessions covering topics such as less lethal policies and tactics; sexual harassment; assessing institutional culture; best practices for volunteer review boards; and the anatomy of police-community relations.

    In addition to attending sessions like those noted above, attendees will have the opportunity to network with hundreds of others in the ever-growing community of civilian oversight practitioners, community members, law enforcement officials, journalists, elected officials, students and others working for greater accountability, transparency, and trust. They will be a part of a learning and networking event that will provide inspiration, ideas, and practical knowledge to overcome challenges and continue the work.

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    The City of St. Petersburg, Florida and the St. Petersburg Civilian Police Review Committee will serve as our hosts and, in the midst of a schedule of training, they will share with us their work as a community to promote trust and transparency and serve as a bridge between the police and the communities they serve.

    Cancellation Policy:

    Please note that all cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to the NACOLE Director of Training and Education at  Cancellations made before August 30, 2018 will be refunded, minus a $50 processing fee.  NACOLE will not be able to refund any portion of the registration fee for cancellations made on or after August 30, 2018.  If you need to transfer your registration to another person in your organization rather than cancelling, please contact Cameron McEllhiney at for further assistance. 


    2018 Annual NACOLE Conference