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Barbara Attard, the founder of Accountability Associates,  is an oversight and police practices consultant whose 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.  Ms. Attard 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.

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

Ms. Attard co-authored, with Kathryn Olson, the Police Misconduct Complaint Investigations Manual–For Investigators, Auditors Monitors, and Others Conducting or Reviewing Investigations

Ms. Attard is a member of NACOLE, the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement; over the last fifteen years she served as president of the board of directors and as an executive board member for over seven years, previously as secretary and vice-president. Ms. Attard 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.

Ms. Attard 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.

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

Ms. Attard has partnered with other professionals to offer the optimum in training, analysis, and services available.

Download CV: Barbara Attard CV 2017