About Us

The Canadian Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (CACOLE) is a national non-profit organization of individuals and agencies involved in the oversight of police officers in Canada. CACOLE is dedicated to advancing the concept, principles and application of civilian oversight of law enforcement throughout Canada and abroad.

CACOLE, established in 1997, is an incorporated non-profit organization under the Canada Corporations Act. The national organization is governed by a set of By Laws and is managed by an elected, volunteer Board of Directors representing oversight agencies in each province, as well as First Nations and the Federal Government. The part-time Executive Director is the only paid position.

CACOLE members represent diverse organizations - municipal and provincial police boards and commissions, First Nations, provincial and federal oversight agencies, ombudsman's offices, police associations and professional standards bureaus individuals as well as organizations in the justice, rights and advocacy agencies and representatives of community agencies and police services from Canada, the United States, Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Portugal and other European countries.