About the Instructor

Chief of Police (Ret.)

Harry Dolan

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.

About This Course

Will You Survive Verbal Conflict?

7 Hrs. On-Line Educational Course by Chief Harry Dolan

Today's increased service demands and the scrutiny placed upon public safety professionals have resulted in a growing need to master verbal conflict management skills. When negative verbal encounters escalate to the point where physical intervention is used, criticism often results when it is later discovered that there is little evidence of verbal de-escalation techniques employed by officers.

This is particularly true when incident video and audio reviews are utilized. In some cases, it has become clear that the verbal actions of the public safety responders served to escalate the situation. Administrators are now asking, "Is this an area in which the training tape has run out? Have we adequately trained our personnel to successfully manage and respond to verbal confrontations in a professional manner?"

Verbal De-escalation training provides public safety professionals with time-tested communication skills proven to help de-escalate volatile situations, safeguard fellow officers' emotional and professional well-being, and significantly enhance the agency's professional image.

The course also provides opportunities for the participants to participate in practical skill building so that when they complete the two-day training they are well on their way to becoming more effective professionals in communication.

Course Objectives

  • Improve public safety professionals' verbal communication skills.
  • How to apply Rhetoric- Aristotle's Art of Persuasion (The art of using speech to persuade) when deflecting & redirecting verbal abuse.
  • Develop an understanding of Chief Dolan's "Guardians of the Peace"concept "Language of the Street Fallacy", "TUI Pattern" (texting, typing or talking under the influence).
  • Diffuse potentially volatile verbal encounters.
  • Avoid the "Rope-A-Dope Syndrome."
  • Understand the importance of managing "Hyper vigilance."
  • Raise organizational morale and grasp the concept of "Police Legitimacy."
  • Manage your verbal triggers & sidestep the "Niagara Falls Walk."
  • Significantly enhance the agency's image throughout the community.
  • Practice "Verbal Contact & Cover" principles.
  • Apply the FAA's "Sterile Cockpit Rule" on duty.
  • Understand the importance of "Chief Dolan's 24 Hour Rule"as a key component of communication success.


Agency Pricing

Enroll 10 to 299 officers at $49 Each

  • 10 enrollment:  $490.00 (SAVE $500)
  • 25 enrollment:  $1,225.00 (SAVE $1,250)
  • 50 enrollment:  $2,450.00 (SAVE $2,500)
  • 75 enrollment:  $3,675.00 (SAVE $3,750) 
  • 100 enrollment:  $4,900.00 (SAVE $5,000)
  • 150 enrollment:  $7,350 (SAVE $7,500)
  • 200 enrollment:  $7,800 (SAVE $12,000)


Enroll 300 to 600 Officers at $39 Each

  • 300 enrollment:  $11,700 (SAVE $18,000)
  • 400 enrollment:  $15,600 (SAVE $24,000)
  • 500 enrollment:  $19,500 (SAVE $30,000)
  • 550 enrollment:  $21,450 (SAVE $33,000)
  • 600 enrollment:  $23,400 (SAVE $36,000)


Enroll 601 to 1,000 Officers at $35 Each

  • 1,000 enrollment:  $35,000 (SAVE $64,000)


Enroll Over 1,000 Officers at $30 Each

  • 1,500 enrollment:  $45,000 (SAVE $103,500)