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National Police Oversight Organization Offers Scholarship Program

Friday, February 28, 2014
Funding provides support to further understanding of independent police review

(Washington, DC)  – Scholarship applications for the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) 20th annual training conference are now being accepted.  The application deadline is May 1, 2014.

NACOLE’s scholarship program gives financial support to current members, students, community members, and other individuals interested in the field of police oversight who plan to attend the organization’s annual conference.  The annual gathering provides intensive training and networking opportunities for oversight professionals, community members, elected officials, and representatives of law enforcement interested in improving their knowledge of best practices in independent police review.

NACOLE offers three types of scholarships: (1) the Founders’ Community Scholarship Award provides financial assistance to people from diverse, social, economic, racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; (2) the Presidents’ Scholarship Award is awarded either to a full-or part-time college student or to someone with three years or less experience working or volunteering in oversight of law enforcement; and (3) the Membership Scholarship Award is available to a member of NACOLE in good standing.

NACOLE is a non-profit organization made up of citizen oversight agencies and individuals working to reduce police misconduct and promote greater police accountability in the United States and around the world.  The Office of Police Complaints (OPC) is an organizational member.

“Since its launch in 2012, the NACOLE scholarship program has assisted people who might not otherwise have had the means to attend,” said Christian K. Klossner, OPC’s deputy director and secretary of the NACOLE’s board of directors.  “NACOLE’s annual conference is a great opportunity for participants to broaden their knowledge of the importance of police oversight, and then share that information with others in their communities.”

For more information about the NACOLE scholarship program, visit  To learn more about OPC, visit our agency’s website at