Training & Education

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, September 24, 2020 at 08:00 AM through February 28, 2021

    2020 Annual NACOLE Conference

    **Although the live sessions of the conference are over you can still purchase access to the recordings through February 28, 2021.  Please note that the recording will only be available for view until this same date.**

    NACOLE believes that policing should be fair and consistent and that independent civilian oversight leads to more effective policing and safer communities. Despite the progress law enforcement oversight agencies across the country have made, much work remains if we hope to achieve lasting and meaningful law enforcement and criminal justice reform. One way in which we can be prepared for the path ahead is to engage in training, learn effective practices, and become aquainted with the innovative work that is happening around the country and the world.

    NACOLE is committed to providing you the content and resources it has delivered for over 25 years. However, the health and well-being of our members, supporters, and communities is of utmost importance to us. Therefore, due to the lingering issues associated with the COVID-19 crisis, we held our 2020 Annual NACOLE Conference virtually. This year's conference was presented in the form of 32 webinars between July 20 - September 22, 2020.  Up to four webinars were presented each week and fell under one of the four tracks presented this year:

    Dot_Green.pngInnovations and Work Impacting Civilian Oversight - Civilian oversight of law enforcement constantly seeks to improve its methods and to seek out techniques used elsewhere. The Innovations and Work Impacting Civilian Oversight Track will provide information to attendees and the expanding base of effective practices and new techniques to take back to their agencies.


    Dot_Orange.pngJail and Prison Oversight - The Jail and Prison Oversight Track will present attendees with a range of topics specific to both the culture of correctional institutions and the oversight of jails, prisons, and lock-ups. Current oversight practitioners and those who are working to create correctional oversight will gain insight into best practices and emerging trends in this expanding field.


    Dot_Yellow.pngOversight and the Broader Community  - At the heart of professional civilian oversight is the premise that community trust in law enforcement is essential to public safety in our communities. This track will explore how oversight professionals can understand and engage the community in order to help law enforcement departments establish trust within the communities they serve. 


    Dot_Blue.pngTraining - The Training Track provides attendees opportunities to understand the various principles and components of civilian oversight and to hone the technical skills used every day by those in oversight. Each session will present information that will be useful to those new to oversight and more experienced practitioners.


    Those interested now have the opportunity to register for all 32 session recordings as a package or to register for session recordings individually. Please note that each viewer must register separately. Those who register for the full package will have access to all 32 recordings and our special session with civil rights icon Dolores Huerta.  Those who register for individual sessions will have access to those specific sessions. Registration information and a full conference schedule can be found through the links below.

    2020 Annual Conference Registration2020 Annual Conference Schedule

    Please note that each viewer MUST register separately. All registrants will recieve a link directly for the session recordings. If you are a participant in our Certified Practitioner of Oversight program, please note that all webinars will be worth 1.5 credit hours.  In order for this year's virtual conference to count towards the conference attendance requirement, particpants will have to attend a minimum of 18 sessions.  Attendance will be be verified through webinar backend reports.  Particpants who are not on our registration list and on the backend webinar attendance reports will not receive CPO credit. Participants must still appear on our registration list and will be asked to certify that they have watched the video in its entirety before receiving CPO credit for the session.

    Because recordings of the session will be available to registrants, no refund  requests will be honored for this event.

  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 01:00 PM

    Analyzing and Reporting Use of Force Statistics

    Analyzing and Reporting Use of Force Statistics 

    Patterns and trends in law enforcement use of force are often as important to the communities that law enforcement serve as individual instances of force. Analyzing aspects of law enforcement use of force such as the types of force used, who is subject to force, and the circumstances in which force is applied can reveal potential issues in use of force policies, training, and supervision. In addition, comprehensive reports on use of force produced by civilian oversight agencies can deliver transparency and accountability.

    This webinar will feature presentations from two civilian oversight agencies — the Washington D.C. Office of Police Complaints (OPC) and New Orleans Independent Police Monitor (IPM) — that regularly publish reports analyzing use of force statistics. Each presenter will provide an overview of the force reporting systems of the law enforcement agencies they oversee, use of force data collection and validation, analyzing and disaggregating the data, identifying potential use of force policy and data collection issues, and summarizing findings.



    Susan Hutson, NACOLE President and Independent Police Monitor for the City of New Orleans

    The City of New Orleans welcomed Susan Hutson as the Independent Police Monitor in June of 2010. Prior to accepting the position in New Orleans, Ms. Hutson worked at the Los Angeles Police Commission’s Office of the Inspector General as an Assistant Inspector General and as the Acting Police Monitor at the Office of the Police Monitor in Austin, Texas.  Prior to working in police oversight, Ms. Hutson was a general practitioner, defense counsel, prosecutor, and assistant city attorney handling labor matters. Ms. Hutson holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Tulane University School of Law.  Ms. Hutson was elected to a two-year term as the President of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) in September of 2019 and is a Past-President of the International Law Enforcement Auditors Association (ILEAA).

    Michael G. Tobin, Executive Director of the Washington D.C. Office of Police Complaints

    Michael G. Tobin was appointed OPC's executive director in November 2014.  Prior to joining the agency, Mr. Tobin served as the executive director of the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission, where he oversaw the Commission’s work in a range of functions, including the initiation and implementation of police policies and procedures, conducting independent investigations of misconduct allegations, ensuring internal investigations are conducted appropriately, and providing mediation between citizens and fire or police department employees.  

    Mr. Tobin began his career with the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin as a police officer, and upon graduation from law school he joined the Milwaukee City Attorney's office as an assistant city attorney.  There, he was a police legal advisor, guided internal affairs investigations, prosecuted police employees for misconduct, and represented the city's interests in police department litigation for almost 20 years in state courts and administrative agencies.