Mayor Ralph Becker and Police Chief Chris Burbank are pleased to welcome the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement to Salt Lake City for its 19th Annual Conference at the Little America Hotel on Sept. 22-26.
NACOLE, a not-for-profit association of law enforcement oversight agencies and practitioners, is leading the national dialogue around police accountability and oversight issues, in part through its annual conferences. Conferences attract 200-300 individuals from the growing community of oversight practitioners, law enforcement and elected officials, academics, journalists and community members working to shape law enforcement oversight across the United States and around the world. NACOLE also offers a Certified Practitioner of Oversight (CPO) Credential through its annual conferences. This program recognizes oversight practitioners who have achieved a high level of professional oversight training and encourages employers and oversight agencies to financially support and encourage participation in these voluntary training programs.
Delegates to the conference will focus on subject matter such as finding the right balance of civilian oversight; identifying and addressing discriminatory policing; shootings of unarmed subjects; and challenges facing local law enforcement regarding their role in immigration enforcement.
“I appreciate the work of NACOLE in its efforts to reach out to local entities,” said Mayor Becker. “Our 14-member civilian review board in Salt Lake City plays a crucial role in maintaining trust and accountability between our law enforcement personnel and community members.”
The conference Keynote Speaker will be Michael Horowitz, Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Horowitz will speak about his office’s high-profile investigation into the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Operation Fast and Furious as well as his work prosecuting public corruption, including police corruption, and the transition to, and lessons learned from, overseeing large federal law enforcement agencies.
Additionally, the conference will feature notable scholars Dr. Jack McDevitt, associate dean of research for the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University and director of the university’s Institute on Race and Justice, and Dr. Samuel Walker, emeritus professor of criminal justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank and Tucson, Arizona Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor will speak on a panel about immigration and policing.
“The NACOLE conference allows our Board to continue to be on the cutting edge of civilian oversight best practices while allowing us to make contacts with colleagues the world over,” said Salt Lake City Civilian Review Board Investigator Richard Rasmussen. “It is a great opportunity to be apprised of the latest trends occurring in our field while also learning from others engaged in the same work and facing similar issues.”
Established in 1995, NACOLE is a not-for-profit association of law enforcement oversight agencies and practitioners that works to establish or improve oversight of police officers. For more information regarding the association, please visit www.nacole.org.