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.

  • Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 01:00 PM

    Evidence-Based Policing

    Evidence-Based Policing

    As communities across the country grapple with the complexities of implementing police reform at multiple levels and across jurisdictions, many have struggled to identify and institutionalize policing practices that are demonstrably effective, legitimate, and sustainable. Evidence-Based Policing, an approach that promotes the use of research, evaluation, analysis, and scientific processes in law-enforcement decision making, seeks to bridge that gap; by using the best available evidence to inform and challenge policing policies, practices and decisions, Evidence-Based Policing (EBP) aims to translate research and evidence into increased operational effectiveness and reduction of harm in daily police activities.

    Join us for this webinar on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. ET, featuring Dr. Cynthia Lum, Ph.D., University Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and director of George Mason University’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy. This webinar will provide participants with a grounding in evidence-based policing, focusing on what EBP is, where and how it is employed currently, its contribution and results, and how a research and evidence-based approach can potentially apply to police oversight and police reform strategies.


    Cynthia Lum PhDDr. Lum is a leading authority on evidence-based policing, an approach that advocates that research, evaluation, and scientific processes should have “a seat at the table” in law enforcement policymaking and practice. She has studied and written extensively about patrol operations and police crime prevention activities, police technology, investigations and detective work, and evidence-based crime policy. Additionally, she has developed numerous tools and strategies to translate and institutionalize research into everyday law enforcement operations.

    Professor Lum is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Criminology. She is an appointed member of the Committee on Law and Justice (CLAJ) for the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) and has served on the NAS’s ad hoc committees on Proactive Policing and Evidence to Advance Reform in the Global Security and Justice Sectors. She is an appointed member of the Council on Criminal Justice's Policing Task Force, a Board Director for the National Police Foundation, and has served numerous elected and appointed positions within the American Society of Criminology. She is the founding editor of Translational Criminology Magazine and was the first North American Editor for the Oxford Journal Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice. Dr. Lum is a Fulbright alum and is the co-Founder/Director of the International Summer School for Policing Scholarship, developed with Nick Fyfe at the Scottish Institute for Policing Research and with partners at Arizona State University. Her recent book with Christopher Koper, Evidence-Based Policing: Translating Research Into Practice (Oxford University Press), received the American Society of Criminology Division of Policing 2020 Outstanding Book Award. Professors Lum and Koper are the Editors-In-Chief of Criminology and Public Policy, the flagship policy journal of the American Society of Criminology.  

  • Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 10:00 AM through November 09, 2022
    Virtual Event in Fort Worth, TX

    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 register. 


    For those partcipating in the in-person component of this year's conference: The health and safety of our conference attendees and the broader community is a top priority. With that said, attendees should be aware that most of our events will take place indoors and we anticipate more than 400 attendees. Our policies and guidelines will continue to evolve based on the recommendations and guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We encourage attendees to test prior to arrival to make sure they are COVID-free and wear masks during conference sessions. We also ask that any attendee with symptoms not attend events associated with the conference. Refunds will not be issued to those unable to attend the conference because of the presence of COVID symptoms. Attendees are therefore encouraged to take all necessary precautions prior.