In recent months, elected officials, political activists, students, and teachers across the country have raised concerns in opposition to having law enforcement officers permanently assigned to schools as school resource officers (SROs). School administrators and elected officials are considering removing officers from their schools, and some have already done so. As more students return to in-person learning, many are re-evaluating their opposition to SROs.
Those in opposition to SROs have long claimed that their presence has resulted in a “school to prison pipeline.” They argue that assigning officers to schools has resulted in youths being formally arrested for minor conduct issues that would have otherwise been handled informally by school staff if the SROs had not been present in the school. They have suggested that the presence of SROs has resulted in thousands of children, particularly racial minorities, being marked for life with criminal records for behaviors that previously would only have resulted in minor in-school discipline.
In this webinar, Chief Harry P. Dolan (Ret.) will discuss:
- Why SROs were assigned to schools in the first place
- The available evidence on the impact of SROs
- Alternative outcomes likely in the event that SROs are removed from schools
- The role of SROs in safeguarding the security of students and faculty
- SROs and community policing
Harry P. Dolan is a 32-year police veteran who served as a Chief of Police since 1987. As one of the nation's most experienced police chiefs, he brings 25 years of public safety executive experience to Dolan Consulting Group. He retired in October 2012 as Chief of Police of the Raleigh (N.C.) Police Department, an agency comprised of nearly 900 employees in America's 42nd largest city.
Chief Dolan began his law enforcement career in 1980 as a deputy sheriff in Asheville, North Carolina and served there until early 1982, when he joined the Raleigh Police Department, where he served as a patrol officer. In 1987, he was appointed Chief of Police for the N.C. Department of Human Resources Police Department, located in Black Mountain. He served as Chief of Police in Lumberton, N.C. from 1992 until 1998, when he became Chief of Police of the Grand Rapids, Michigan Police Department. He served in that capacity for nearly ten years before becoming Chief of the Raleigh Police Department in September 2007. As Chief, he raised the bar at every organization and left each in a better position to both achieve and sustain success.
Harry Dolan has lectured throughout the United States and has trained thousands of public safety professionals in the fields of Leadership & Management, Communications Skills, and Community Policing. Past participants have consistently described Chief Dolan's presentations as career changing, characterized by his sense of humor and unique ability to maintain participants' interest throughout his training sessions. Chief Dolan's demonstrated ability to connect with his clientele and deliver insightful instruction all with uncompromising principles will be of tremendous value in the private sector.
Chief Dolan's unbridled passion to achieve service-excellence is a driving force behind Dolan Consulting Group. He is a graduate of Western Carolina University and holds a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership and Management from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Download Webinar Materials
The Case for School Resource Officers: Examining the Facts and Assessing the Alternatives | Hour 1
The Case for School Resource Officers: Examining the Facts and Assessing the Alternatives | Hour 2