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.
National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice
Police departments and the communities they serve are increasingly looking for ways to build trust, understanding, and meaningful change. Even when police are willing to reform policies and take more community-centered approaches, reluctance to confront past and present harm leave those efforts on a shaky foundation. Drawing from transitional justice processes like the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-Apartheid South Africa, a police-community reconciliation process addresses mistrust from the root, while building front-end accountability for change. In this process, communities and law enforcement name the harms that have been done; encourage those who caused harm to acknowledge and commit to repairing it; give voice to the harmed to share their experiences and have them honored; take concrete steps to repair those harms, and construct a better way forward together.
The National Network for Safe Communities has helped communities and police build effective, collaborative public safety partnerships through its many violence interventions and a multi-year, multi-site pilot project with the U.S. Department of Justice: the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. Join us on May 18, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. ET as we welcome Paul Smith and Danneile Davis from the National Network for Safe Communities to introduce the police-community reconciliation framework and discuss its applications and impact.
Danneile Davis has spent the past decade working in the field of gender-based violence: as an activist, rape crisis advocate, philanthropist, and most recently as a Field Advisor for the Intimate Partner Violence Intervention (IPVI) and Reconciliation teams at the National Network for Safe Communities (NNSC), an action research center based at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Having launched her career at Bain & Company’s Chicago Office as a management consultant, she has since taken those skills to NNSC where she provides hands-on strategic advising and support for sites’ data management to project managers, law enforcement executives, community-based organizations, and other leadership at NNSC partner cities across the country.
Ms. Davis’s specific portfolio focuses on strategies to reduce gender-based violence and strengthen police-community trust, particularly with survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence, and in communities further marginalized by race, ethnicity, and gender and sexual identity, expression, and orientation. A notable former project was the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, a multi-year, multi-site USDOJ-funded pilot project described by the Urban Institute as “the largest and most comprehensive effort ever undertaken to tackle police-community mistrust in the United States.”
Paul Smith is the Director of Reconciliation at the National Network for Safe Communities (NNSC), an action research center based at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He previously directed NNSC’s Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy, an initiative seeking to dramatically reduce group and gang violence in the City of Chicago.
Prior to joining the National Network, Paul worked as the Public Safety Coordinator for the City of Chattanooga. He was responsible for managing Chattanooga’s Group Violence Reduction Strategy and coordinated with city officials, law enforcement, social service providers and community members to develop and implement the strategy. Paul was also the Executive Principal of The Howard Schools in Chattanooga, TN where he and his team made exceptional strides in student achievement and school transformation.
Role of the First-Line Supervisor in Facilitating Change in Law Enforcement Organizations
First-line supervisors play a critical, but often under-recognized role in effecting change in law enforcement organizations. These supervisors, who have the most direct daily contact with officers and act as role models and culture influencers for the officers they supervise, are often the ones charged with explaining and translating polices and practices to officers on the ground. Line supervisors can therefore have significant influence, positive and negative, over how department policies and practices are implemented in the field. This webinar focuses on the role that first-line supervisors play in police organizations and the importance of engaging this critical level for culture and policy reform.
Join us for this webinar on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. ET, featuring Dr. Robin S. Engel, Ph.D., Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati (UC) and Director of the International Association of Chiefs of Police / UC Center for Police Research and Policy. Dr. Engel engages in police research and evaluations designed to reduce harm in communities and make police-citizen encounters safer, promoting best practices through academic-practitioner partnerships. She currently serves as a governor-appointed member of the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board, and as the co-chair of IACP’s Research Advisory Committee. She is a consultant on police training for the Ohio Attorney General and serves as a member of the National Police Foundation’s Council on Policing Reforms and Race. She has also served as an expert on policing and violence reduction for panels convened at the White House and 10 Downing Street. From 2016-2019, Dr. Engel served as UC’s Vice President for Safety and Reform where her duties included oversight of the daily operations and implementation of comprehensive reform efforts of the University of Cincinnati Police Division (UCPD) in the aftermath of a critical incident involving the fatal police shooting of an unarmed motorist.
Dr. Engel will share her insights from her past and current research including on the role that police supervisors play in influencing the attitudes and behaviors of the patrol officers they supervise and, more recently, the effectiveness of Department-led de-scalation training in affecting officers’ approach to use of force encounters. She will also describe how she applied principles and insights gleaned from her research in her approach to reform efforts in oversight of the UCPD.
The 27th Annual NACOLE Conference will include two separate components: one virtual and one in-person. The virtual component will include 25+ individual webinars that will be presented live with recordings available for viewing to registrants. This component of the conference will take place August – October with no more than one session taking place on any given day. The in-person component will include four days of more in-depth training for those interested in or doing the work of civilian oversight of law enforcement, jails, or prisons. The in-person component will be held December 12-16, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona. Individuals will be able to register for either the virtual component, the in-person component, or both.If
Check the NACOLE website this spring for more details regarding the conference, registration, and in-person and virtual conference schedules.