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Developing Effective Interactions

NCJ Number
THE POLICE CHIEF Volume: 77 Issue: 5 Dated: May 2010 Pages: 46-48
Kris E. Pitcher; Andre Birotte Jr.; Django Sibley
Date Published
May 2010
3 pages
This article discusses the benefits of developing effective relationships between law enforcement and civilian oversight agencies as a result of increased use-of-force incidents.
In recent years, law enforcement agencies across the Nation have become involved in thousands of use-of-force incidents. These incidents often lead to serious injury or even loss of life for many officers and result in the need for a thorough investigation to evaluate the officers' or deputies' actions and the appropriateness of the force used. This article examines the need for civilian oversight of law enforcement especially as they relate to an increase in use-of-force incidents. The article also presents information about the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE), a national organization whose primary mission is to promote greater police accountability through the improvement of citizen oversight agencies on the national level. The Force Investigation Division of the Los Angeles Police Department is presented as a successful example of an effective relationship between law enforcement and oversight agencies. Three basic principles that are essential for a successful and effective relationship between law enforcement and oversight agencies are discussed. Lastly, the article examines the benefits that are gained by law enforcement agencies that develop effective relationships with civilian review agencies.