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.

  • Monday, July 11, 2022 at 01:00 PM

    Analyzing Body-worn Camera Video

    Expand Beyond the Camera: Situating Body Worn Cameras (BWC) within Civilian Oversight

    David Makin, Ph.D.Dr. David A. Makin, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology and is the Director of the Complex Social Interactions Lab at Washington State University. In addition to his research, statistical, and disciplinary expertise, he has completed a 40-hour POST certified Crisis Intervention Team training, a 2-year Fellowship at the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville and holds several awards including the President’s Leadership and Engagement Awards of Distinction, President’s Award for Security, and the Exceptional Professor Award for the College of Arts and Sciences at WSU. He has nearly 50 peer-reviewed publications and has received almost $3 million dollars in research funding, including research funded by the National Institute of Justice, National Science Foundation, and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). As a result of engagement with industry he has received $600,000 in technology transfers allowing for solution development to public safety problems. Dr. Makin is an expert in programmatic implementation and evaluation, technology assessments, and is among a select group of researchers actively working with police departments to integrate body-worn camera (BWC) footage into supervision, risk management, and training. Under his direction, the Complex Social Interaction Lab has processed over 25,000 hours of BWC footage for police departments on a range of projects including improving the use of procedural justice, examining differential decision-making within police community interactions, enhancing CIT training, examining the application of trauma informed practices within domestic violence contacts, and most recently projects seeking to understand the use of de-escalation and non-escalation strategies and tactics.

    Join us July 11, 2022 at 1:00 p.nm. ET when Dr. Makin will highlight opportunities and innovations associated with body-worn camera programs. Specifically, pathways towards operationalizing data contained within body-worn camera footage to convert it from merely archival footage to actionable data. The guiding question framing the talk is “Now that we have BWC programs, how do we reorient away from seeing them as an expense and instead an investment in reducing risk, evaluating training, and enhancing supervision?”


    Please note that cancelled registrations will not be refunded. All paid registrants will receive a link to the recording following the event so that they may view it even if they are unable to attend the live session.


  • Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 12:00 PM through September 15, 2022

    2022 Annual NACOLE Conference

    Downtown_Fort_Worth_Night.jpgCo-creating Public Safety through Civilian Oversight, Law Enforcement, and Community Partnerships

    The 28th Annual Conference is scheduled to take place September 11-15, 2022 in Fort Worth, Texas. Three one-day virtual events will be taking place on October 26th, November 2nd, and November 9th.

    This year's annual conference will bring together experts from the United States and around the world to discuss ways in which we can create intentional relationships and work with others to build better oversight and, as a result, better public safety systems. Our sessions will focus on the momentum of the last two years, ensuring that the work for meaningful and sustainable change continues. Speakers will share information on strengthening the work of police, jail, and prison oversight as well as innovations that will push civilian oversight forward in this continued era of reform. 

    The links below will allow you to find out more about this year's event and make your hotel reservations.

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