The City of Key West, Florida

The Southernmost City in the Continental United States


Police Professionalism and Oversight Information

Below are links to various materials relating to police professionalism materialsand police oversight organizations:
Criminal Justice Standards & Training Commission
Florida commission established toensure that all citizens of Florida are served by criminal justice officers who are ethical, qualified, and well-trained. This organization sets the legal and ethical standards thatapplies to all Florida State sworn law enforcement officers including the ethical standards of conduct.
The National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) is a non-profit organization that brings together individuals and agencies working to establish or improve oversight of police officers in the United States. NACOLE welcomes people and organizations committed to fair and professional law enforcement that is responsive to community needs.

NACOLE is dedicated to promoting greater police accountability through the establishment or improvement of citizen oversight agencies by:

The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is a national membership organization of progressive police executives from the largest city, county and state law enforcement agencies. PERF is dedicated to improving policing and advancing professionalism through research and involvement in public policy debate. Incorporated in 1977, PERF's primary sources of operating revenues are government grants and contracts, and partnerships with private foundations and other organizations.
Professionals engaged in police oversight and city and police leaders seeking to institute reforms can benefit greatly from PARC's expertise. PARC can help oversight professionals, city and county officials, police leaders, jail administrators, community and civil rights groups, and business owners by:
  • assessing and strengthening citizen oversight agencies;
  • implementing or reviewing early warning systems;
  • evaluating use-of-force incidents, including supervision, tactics, and subsequent investigations;
  • assessing internal police investigations;
  • helping police leaders develop and implement management strategies that promote accountability at all levels;
  • assisting police and city officials responsible for complying with consent decrees or memoranda of agreement to implement reforms;
  • supporting monitors in assessing compliance with settlements requiring reforms;
  • tracking community satisfaction with particular police agencies;
  • putting a department's practices and policies in context by comparing them with those of similar jurisdictions;
  • recommending practices and policies to one jurisdiction by providing examples of successes in similar jurisdictions elsewhere;
  • exploring a department's exposure to litigation and developing procedures to learn from past lawsuits;
  • identifying steps to take to avoid federal "pattern or practice" inquiries;
  • helping police and sheriff's departments manage the risk of misconduct in the jails they operate; and
  • providing expert services and advice to businesses on racial profiling, false arrest, and relevant topics.
  • The FLETC serves as an interagency law enforcement training organization over 85 Federal agencies.
  • The Center also provides services to state, local, and international law enforcement agencies.
INTERPOL Group of Experts on Corruption (IGEC)
The IGEC provides essential information and feedback to INTERPOL on matters pertaining to all aspects of corruption, and is mandated to advise the Secretary General on how best to combat this phenomenon, both operationally and strategically. In order to give effect to this mandate, the experts meet at least twice annually. The IGEC is present at all anti-corruption meetings and participates in most anti-corruption fora. It has also conducted numerous anti-corruption workshops and seminars and hosted several conferences. The group has established substantial credentials as being innovative and leading the fight against corruption globally.

The IGEC has a proven track record of success, with many accomplishments. It has conducted two 'Police Integrity Surveys' of INTERPOL's 187 member countries dealing with existing anti-corruption measures and their efficacy, with the objective of addressing and meeting the needs of member countries. In addition, in response to the results of the surveys, the IGEC has produced:

  • a 'Declaration of Intent' for law enforcement, encompassing a 'Code of Ethics' and a 'Code of Conduct', which was subsequently adopted by the INTERPOL General Assembly in Seoul in 1999 (see AG Resolution)
  • a draft set of 'Global Standards to Combat Corruption in Police Forces/Services,' which provide law enforcement with a framework to improve their resistance to corruption. They contain principles and numerous measures designed to improve the efficiency of law enforcement in preventing corruption, as well as in the investigation of cases of corruption. The objectives of the Global Standards are twofold:
    • to ensure that the police forces/services in each INTERPOL member country demonstrate high standards of honesty, integrity and ethical behaviour in, and in connection with, the performance of their police functions;
    • to promote and strengthen the development by each INTERPOL member country of measures needed to prevent, detect, punish and eradicate corruption in police forces/services within its national boundaries, and to bring to justice police officers and other employees of police forces/services who are corrupt. The measures address, for example:
      • expected/ appropriate standards of conduct;
      • effective recruitment;
      • need for effective training;
      • specific measures and systems aimed at the prevention - and reporting - of corruption.