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Police Oversight

The process to develop a new civilian police oversight system for the City of Davis is being led by Barbara Attard of Accountability Associates and Kathryn Olson of Change Integration Consulting, LLC.

Kathryn Olson, Change Integration Consulting, LLC
Kathryn Olson
Kathryn Olson

Kathryn Olson is a principal consultant with Change Integration Consulting, LLC, located near Seattle, Washington. Her years of experience in promoting civil rights, executive leadership, investigations, litigation and training combine to create a unique skill set to conduct risk assessment of police policies, practices and individual conduct that can undermine professionalism. She works to enhance and integrate accountability systems with a change management strategy to optimize fair and effective policing.

After twenty years of handling individual and systemic employment discrimination litigation, Kathryn served six years as the civilian director of the Seattle Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability, including a period of scrutiny of SPD’s use of force by the U.S. Department of Justice. OPA’s misconduct complaint investigations were found overall to be “thorough, well-organized, well-documented, and thoughtful.” Kathryn has managed complex, sensitive investigations and understands the distinct issues associated with complaints against the police.  She has investigated misconduct at the police command level and has been retained as an expert witness on best practices in complaint investigations and on ways misconduct can undermine procedural justice and police legitimacy.  She is co-author of the Police Misconduct Complaint Investigations Manual.

Kathryn’s recent individual and team consulting and training projects include an end-to-end analysis of the complaint and discipline process at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, assessments of stakeholder perceptions about policing and oversight in different jurisdictions, review of the functionality of an Early Intervention System, assessment of the handling of use of force complaints by an internal investigations unit, evaluation of a federal law enforcement agency’s initiative to recruit more women, and training on making credibility determinations in complaint investigations. She also is a founding member of the company that developed the Police Force Analysis System™ (PFAS), a standardized method to assess force within and across law enforcement agencies.

Kathryn is a NACOLE past president (2010 – 2012). She co-directed NACOLE’s first academic symposium (2015), held at Seattle University School of Law with the SU Criminal Justice Department, bringing together criminal justice scholars, law enforcement and government leaders, oversight practitioners, and the community to collaborate on ways to enhance police accountability and transparency. She co-wrote the introduction to research articles developed from the symposium, published in the Criminal Justice Police Review (Vol. 27, Issue 5, July 2016).

Barbara J. Attard, Accountability Associates
Barbara Attard
Barbara Attard

Barbara Attard, a leader in the police accountability and oversight field, is a police practices consultant. Throughout her career Barbara has investigated, and conducted quality control, of police misconduct investigations. With focus on accountability systems that ensure fairness, her work includes development of early warning systems and independent oversight.

Barbara’s career spans over 30-years in oversight of law enforcement. She served for four years as the San Jose Independent Police Auditor and seven years as the director of the Berkeley Police Review Commission (PRC), one of the oldest oversight agencies in the United States. Barbara began her career in civilian oversight in 1983 with the San Francisco Office of Citizen Complaints (OCC). She had previously worked in employment and training with ex-offenders, originally through the county parole program with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department.

In 2016 Barbara co-authored an oversight sourcebook, Police Misconduct Complaint Investigations Manual. She has authored many articles on oversight topics individually and in partnership, to include “Overview of Civilian Oversight of law Enforcement in the United States,” and “Oversight of Law Enforcement is Beneficial and Needed—Both Inside and Out.” Barbara has championed the use of mediation in police misconduct cases and authored an article, “In Praise of Mediation.”

In a recent project Barbara worked to develop “Police Peer-Intervention Training.” This pragmatic ethics-based curriculum developed with a team of law enforcement trainers, civil rights attorneys, psychologists and academics teaches officers “critical loyalty,” to support their partners by establishing interventions to stop excessive force.

Barbara is a past president and member of NACOLE, the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement and served on the board of directors for fifteen years. During this period she worked on the professional development of the oversight field through the establishment of training and standards for oversight practitioners. Barbara has been active in international and national associations of civilian oversight for over twenty years and has worked with oversight professionals world-wide to re-establish an international association of civilian oversight.

Barbara has consulted and presented trainings and workshops internationally, to include engagements in Brazil, Canada, Mexico Nigeria, and Russia.

Barbara is a licensed private investigator. She earned a Masters of Art Degree in Public Administration at the University of San Francisco, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Social Science at Humboldt State University.

As the Independent Police Auditor in San Jose, Barbara was the recipient of a 2009 Silicon Valley NAACP Freedom Fighter Award and the 2008 Santa Clara Valley ACLU Don Edward Civil Liberties Award. She received commendations from Congressman Mike Honda and San Jose City Council Member Madison Nguyen for her work to strengthen oversight of the San Jose Police Department as well.