About This Course

The formal and informal calls for de-policing are intended to decrease officer interactions with citizens and suspects in order to minimize the likelihood of controversial enforcement actions that could have negative results for officers and, in some cases, agency leaders. It is not new. Whether referred to as “No Contact, No Complaint”, “You don’t get in Trouble for the Stop you Don’t Make”, “Ride and Hide” or any number of other terms, the strategy has been undertaken throughout the history of modern policing.

What is new is that the strategy is being discussed openly by elected officials, community activists and many others.

Time and time again, the strategy of disengaging from proactive policing strategies have proven to be disastrous for society’s most vulnerable. A multitude of case studies indicate that de-policing results in more innocent men, women and children being victimized and less violent criminals being successfully prosecuted. And these disastrous results disproportionately harm those living in our most challenged neighborhoods—particularly citizens of color.

In this webinar, Chief Harry P. Dolan (Ret.) will discuss:

  • Why law enforcement agencies have pursued pro-active strategies to deter crime historically
  • Why communities most in need of personalized police service are disproportionately affected by de-policing
  • Case studies in police disengagement and its effects on different communities
  • An analysis of those inside and outside of communities most in need of expanded police service that are calling for police disengagement
  • Recommendations moving forward


CEO, Dolan Consulting Group

| Chief Harry Dolan (Ret.)

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.