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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.

  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 02:00 PM

    Investigating Search & Seizure Allegations

    Join us Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 2:00PM ET, at our next event in the 2018 NACOLE Webinar Series.

    Police work requires finding a balance between performing a public safety function and protecting individual rights. Although the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution lays some of the groundwork for actions officers can take while still maintaining this balance, they are further guided by various legal principles and operating procedures. The investigations that result from allegations that relate to search and seizure rules are detailed and complex, and often hinge upon the totality of the circumstances to determine if any actions resulted in misconduct. As a result, there are many challenges to investigating search and seizure allegations, especially when those investigations are made by civilians with a view toward analyzing alleged misconduct. 

    Although this presentation presupposes a basic familiarity with search and seizure law, the first part will give a brief overview of the Fourth Amendment, and the guiding legal principles that need to be utilized to perform the legal research necessary to determine the dispositions of allegations.

    The webinar will also discuss ways to conduct a detailed investigation. There will be a discussion of how to gather evidence and weigh the information collected, while separating facts from speculation and subjectivity. There will also be a detailed discussion of how to conduct comprehensive interviews, including the importance of basis of knowledge, asking open-ended questions, terms to avoid, confronting subjective explanations of innocuous behavior, and gathering the justification for each action.

    The lecture will conclude with discussing how to analyze the facts that have been gathered in the context of the rules. Ultimately, attendees will walk away with a better understanding of the detailed nature of search and seizure investigations, and the importance of careful legal research to analyze the justification of the actions taken by law enforcement.

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    Jennifer_Jarett_photo.jpgJennifer Jarrett

    Jennifer Jarett, the Deputy Director of Training for Investigations at the Civilian Complaint Review Board, has been with the agency for eleven years. Jennifer began her tenure as an investigator and spent several years supervising dozens of investigators. Jennifer currently leads the New Investigator Training course and creates and leads continued and advanced trainings for the investigative staff. She was a co-presenter of the “Evaluating Use of Force” lecture at the 2017 NACOLE Annual Conference, and is currently a member of the NACOLE Training, Education, & Standards Committee. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

  • 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