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Countdown to Launch of INIOP - 13th NACOLE Conference

INIOPAt the end of September, the 300 strong 13th annual conference of the US-based National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) played host to the second meeting of the International Network for the Independent Oversight of Policing (INIOP) steering group.

The meeting, the first to be chaired by new steering group convenor Nicholas Long, the IPCC’s lead commissioner for International Development and Liaison, also included new and additional members from New Zealand, Kenya, Australia, and the Republic of Ireland. At the meeting it was agreed that INIOP would be launched through a series of international media launches taking place in the first months of 2008. The group also agreed that with immediate effect work could start on the development of a website and online hub which it is hoped will be online in late February 2008.

The main NACOLE conference on the theme of ‘Transparency, Accountability, Integrity’ included presentations from the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, Nuala O’Loan; Merrick Bobb, Director of the Police Assessment Resource Center; and Professor Chris Stone, Chair of the Altus Global Alliance. Lively panel discussions were the theme of the event, with sessions covering topics including the handling of critical incidents, transparency, working with the media, and creating awareness of police-transgender issues.

Individuals or organisations interested in the development of INIOP can subscribe to Communiqué, INIOP’s new electronic newsletter by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and the steering group also welcomes responses to its ‘Tell us what you want from an international network’ survey which is currently online at

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