The 2016 National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) conference was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. City Auditor Mary Hull-Caballero, Director Constantin Severe, Investigator Ramsey AlQaisi and Citizen Review Committee (CRC) Vice-Chair Julie Ramos attended the annual conference. The conference began with a series of sessions focusing on issues in Albuquerque involving their police agency, the Albuquerque Police Department (APD). Members of the community were invited to a session and explained their concerns about the APD and its oversight agency, the Civilian Police Oversight Agency (CPOA), to attendees.
The theme of this year’s conference was Confronting Systemic Injustice. Just a few of the most interesting sessions included, Monitoring Protests: A New Role for Civilian Oversight, Policing and Communities of Color: Confronting Systemic Injustice, and Tackling Use of Force Issues through Systemic Review. All of the sessions invited speakers from varied backgrounds and professions from around the country and the world, including police chiefs, members of police oversight agencies, advocates for juvenile justice and criminal justice reform, and attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union and the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. Portland’s own-Constantin Severe, the Director of IPR, presented on the panel, Living Under a Consent Decree: The Role of Civilian Oversight. He was joined on the panel by Edward Harness, the Executive Director with the CPOA in Albuquerque, and Damon Scott, the Administrator with the Office of Professional Standards in Cleveland.