Our Instructors
Harry P. Dolan

Harry P. Dolan

Chief of Police (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.

Dr. Richard Johnson

Dr. Richard Johnson

Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Richard Johnson is a trainer and researcher with Dolan Consulting Group. He has decades of experience teaching and training on various topics associated with criminal justice, and has conducted research on a variety of topics related to crime and law enforcement. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration and criminal justice from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University, with a minor in social psychology. He possesses a master’s degree in criminology from Indiana State University. He earned his doctorate in criminal justice from the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati with concentrations in policing and criminal justice administration.

Dr. Johnson has published more than 50 articles on various criminal justice topics in academic research journals, including Justice Quarterly, Crime & Delinquency, Criminal Justice & Behavior, Journal of Criminal Justice, and Police Quarterly. He has also published more than a dozen articles in law enforcement trade journals such as the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Police Chief, Law & Order, National Sheriff, and Ohio Police Chief. His research has primarily focused on police-citizen interactions, justice system responses to domestic violence, and issues of police administration and management.

Dr. Johnson retired as a full professor of criminal justice at the University of Toledo in 2016. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Johnson served several years working within the criminal justice system. He served as a trooper with the Indiana State Police, working uniformed patrol in Northwest Indiana. He served as a criminal investigator with the Kane County State’s Attorney Office in Illinois, where he investigated domestic violence and child sexual assault cases. He served as an intensive probation officer for felony domestic violence offenders with the Illinois 16th Judicial Circuit.

Dr. Johnson is also a proud military veteran having served as a military police officer with the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard, including active duty service after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Before that, he served as an infantry soldier and field medic in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard.

Matt Dolan

Matt Dolan

Attorney & Director, Dolan Consulting Group, NC

Matt Dolan is a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois, who specializes in training and advising public safety agencies in matters of legal liability. His training focuses on helping agency leaders create sound policies and procedures as a proactive means of minimizing their exposure to costly liability.

Matt received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from DePaul University and his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

A member of a law enforcement family dating back three generations, he serves as both Director and Public Safety Instructor with Dolan Consulting Group. He has trained and advised thousands of public safety professionals throughout the United States in matters of legal liability.

Brian Nanavaty

Brian Nanavaty

Captain, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, IN

Captain Brian Nanavaty (ret.) currently serves as the National Director for First Responder Outreach for Dynamic Life Recovery Centers in Ft. Pierce and Vero Beach, FL. A 33 year law enforcement veteran with the Indianapolis Metro Police Department (IMPD), Nanavaty recently retired as the Professional Performance Manager for the IMPD Office of Police Officer Development and Wellness (OPDW) where his innovative officer and agency wellness and development programs created a culture of health at IMPD and resulted in a reduction of officer failures and disciplinary referrals by 40%. During his career Nanavaty has also instructed thousands of officers, agency executives, union officials, insurance providers and clinicians in the areas of personal and career survival for the Department of Justice (DOJ), the FBI, Safe Call Now, the Dolan Consulting Group and at IACP, ILEETA, IADLEST, NOBLE, FOP conferences.

Nanavaty has been featured on Police One.com and in Law and Order magazine and in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin and was previously Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Indiana and Purdue Universities. In 2015, Nanavaty and IMPD received the Destination Zero Valor Award from the DOJ and the National Memorial for officer and agency wellness, and in 2016, in addition to appearing in front of the US Congress on the issue of police officer wellness, Nanavaty was a finalist for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Officer of the Year. In 2016, the White House sent US Attorney General Loretta Lynch to Indianapolis as part of the President’s Task Force on 21 st Century Policing where Lynch stated “Captain Nanavaty’s officer and agency wellness program in Indianapolis should be the model for law enforcement across the US.”

At Dynamic Life Recovery Centers Captain Nanavaty will be responsible for educating and connecting police, fire and EMS, and their peers and loved ones with addiction and mental health treatment and long-term recovery programs.

Daniel Nieters

Daniel Nieters

Sergeant, Raleigh Police Department, NC

Daniel is a graduate from North Carolina State University and a 14 year police veteran of Raleigh Police Department. He was promoted to corporal in 2004. He was promoted to sergeant in 2010 and remained at the Training Academy as the Raleigh Police Commandant, where he is still assigned.

During his career he has trained over 400 basic and lateral police recruits. Daniel has presented at the Problem Oriented Police Conference for Speeding in Residential Neighborhoods in 2002 and received a Goldstein Award for his effort. Daniel developed and implemented a Field Training Program for Raleigh Police Department creating consistency between the Academy and the field.

Daniel is an instructor in Defensive Tactics and is very passionate about training police officers in the articulation of force used by officers in the line of duty. He illustrates simple indicators for police officers to recognize prior to an assault. These indicators and body language will allow the officers an opportunity to prepare for or repel an attack by an offender.

Paul W. Luster

Paul W. Luster

Capt., Kansas City Police Department, MO

Paul Luster is a 19 year veteran of the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department currently holding the rank of Captain.  He brings a unique blend of professional experience to the classroom having served assignments in the patrol, investigations, and administration bureaus.  In addition his regular duties, he instructs leadership and communications courses on a regular basis.


Students enjoy Captain Luster’s humble approach, humor, and ability to engage the class throughout training courses. Captain Luster continuously researches current topics and trends and incorporates them into training opportunities.  He emphasizes the importance of effective communication and how it plays a significant role in the many facets of policing.

Throughout his career Captain Luster has received numerous awards and commendations including the department’s Certificate of Commendation, Meritorious Service Award, and Special Unit Citation.  Captain Luster graduated magna cum laude from Park University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement and holds several specialty instructor certifications.  He has been published in the topic of effective communications in policing. Captain Luster is currently assigned to the department’s regional criminalistics laboratory.   


Eric Sweden

Eric Sweden

Lieutenant, Raleigh Police Department, NC

Lieutenant Eric Sweden began his career in public safety as a volunteer fireman. He was then a full time paramedic, training officer and supervisor in Hartford, Connecticut before teaching EMS programs at the Emergency Training Center (affiliate of the University of Connecticut, School of Medicine) and the University of Hartford. Eric then began his career in law enforcement with the Town of Old Lyme Police Department and attended the Connecticut Police Academy in 1990.

Eric has been with the City of Raleigh, North Carolina Police Department since 2000 and served as a patrol officer for six years before being promoted to Detective, serving as a general investigator. The following three years, he was then assigned to the department’s ‘Collision Reconstruction Unit’ and then spent a year with the Department’s full time training academy before being promoted to Sergeant in 2011, where he currently serves as a Patrol Sergeant and Hostage Negotiator. Eric has lectured throughout the Southeastern United States in the areas of traffic safety, collision investigation, court testimony and conflict resolution. He frequently teaches for the Raleigh Police Department as well as for the NC Conference of District Attorneys and NC Community College System. He has been qualified as an expert in both District and Superior Court for North Carolina in the areas of collision reconstruction and impaired driving. Eric recently has been promoted from Sergeant to Lieutenant.

Lt. Sweden is a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor through the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).  He has been credentialed as a National Registry and Critical Care Paramedic and has taught advance level EMS programs as a credentialed EMT-Paramedic in the State of North Carolina.

Bill Bongle

Bill Bongle

Captain, Green Bay Police Department, WI (Ret.)

Bill Bongle is one of the nation’s leading authorities on community and problem oriented policing. He is a 29 year police veteran, rising to the rank of Captain before retiring from the Green Bay Police Department in 2015. Bill’s unique blend of community engagement skills, experiences and down-to-earth personality have made him a sought after presenter at conferences across the US and the UK.

Bill works with public safety professionals like you to develop innovative ways of building trust and partnerships with your community. He coauthored “Street Sweeping, Broadway Style”, a project which won the International Herman Goldstein Award. His work has been published in various law enforcement publications including the Center for Problem Oriented Policing and the Police Executive Research Forum. He was also instrumental in developing a number of initiatives including: Green Bay’s first Community Policing team, the “no sell list” for chronic alcohol abusers, chronic nuisance abatement program, Green Bay’s “Armadillo” nuisance abatement vehicle, the WOW Awards customer service program, and the Green Bay Police Department’s social media presence. Bill’s ongoing thirst for knowledge motivated him to continue his education, graduating in 2013 summa cum laude and earning a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management from Concordia University. Bill is also a technology buff and was trained as a computer forensic analyst. His interest in aviation and technology drew him into the world of drones. He has developed a very unique training program for public safety on investigating drone related incidents, the first training of its kind in the nation.

Bill lives in NE Wisconsin with his wife of 32 years, Beth and his hyperactive border collie. He has two children and two grandsons.

James Gray

James Gray

Officer, Indianapolis Metro Police Dept, IN

James Gray is a 23 year veteran of the Indianapolis Metro Police Department, having spent the majority of that time on the street. He is also 18.5 year member of SWAT having recently retired from the team in April of 2015. He is currently assigned to the Firearms Range within the Training Division. Throughout his career he has been involved in numerous critical incidents including three lethal police action shootings. James is a state certified general and firearms instructor. James was also a Deputy U.S. Marshal in Washington D.C. for two years prior to IMPD. He has attended numerous schools including firearms, explosive breaching, SWAT, and executive protection. James has a B.S. degree from Indiana University.

Chuck L. Wilson

Chuck L. Wilson

Captain, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, NC

Captain Wilson has been a member of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office since 1996. He is currently serving as the Division Commander for the Support Services Division. He has previously served as the Assistant Division Commander for the Support Services Division and the Vice and Narcotics Division. Captain Wilson also served as the Internal Affairs Coordinator, the Emergency Response Team Commander, and as Patrol Supervisor.

Captain Wilson was a founding member of the Sheriff’s Peer Support Group and currently oversees the Peer Support Group as one of his collateral duties. The Peer Support Group coordinates post critical incident debriefings for law enforcement officers who have been involved in critical incidents.

During his career Captain Wilson has worked in the Custody Division, Civil Division, Patrol Division, Support Services Division, and the Narcotics Division. While in Patrol Division, Captain Wilson worked as a field training officer, a traffic deputy, and as an assistant street supervisor.

Captain Wilson has over 2,000 hours of law enforcement training. He completed the Administrative Officers Management Program (AOMP) at North Carolina State University’s School of Government in 2012. He is certified as a law enforcement instructor in North Carolina and enjoys teaching law enforcement officers about stress management, ethics, and leadership. Captain Wilson is a graduate of the FBI Nation Academy (class #258).

Captain Wilson is a United States Marine Corps veteran having received an honorable discharge for his service from 1990-1994 and again he received an honorable discharge for his Service from 2001-2004.

James A. DeMeo

James A. DeMeo

Detective, Nassau County Police Department, NY (Retired)

James A. DeMeo, M.S, has over 25 years of law enforcement, security, and consulting experience and is considered an expert in Sports Security. In addition to speaking at national conferences, Mr. DeMeo has made numerous presentations to colleges & universities throughout the U.S on this subject matter.

While serving as a member of the Nassau County Police Department, Long Island NY, Mr. DeMeo held a state certification as a General Topics instructor and taught hundreds of law enforcement officers ranging from recruits to inspectors at the NCPD Police Academy.

In addition, Mr. DeMeo has held professional memberships in the following organizations: IAVM, NCS4, ASIS (Austin chapter 179) and the SRLA (Sports and Recreation Law Association). He is also a contributing author to the textbook: Security Supervision and Management-Theory and Practice of Asset Protection, Fourth Edition- Chapter 12-Supervising During Special Events.

During his 21 year law enforcement career, Mr. DeMeo was assigned to the Special Services Squad-Juvenile Aid Section. His role included serving as an investigator for juvenile crimes, Family Court Liaison, Missing Persons/ High Risk Alzheimers cases and taught classes at the NCPD Police Academy covering such topics as Juvenile Law, Juvenile Court Proceedings & Child Protective Services. 

Brian McEwen

Brian McEwen

Sergeant, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, IN

Brian McEwen is a law enforcement professional and an 18-year veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. He is currently the departments Performance Standards Manager and head of the Office of Planning and Accreditation. His duties include monitoring the professional well-being of officers; specifically: citizen’s complaints, discipline, early intervention, and performance evaluations. In addition to those duties, Sergeant McEwen also serves as the departments Accreditation Manager, responsible for CALEA accreditation and overall policy development. Brian is a state-certified general instructor, a graduate of the prestigious IMPD Leadership Academy and a military service veteran having served in the United States Air Force.

Bill Westfall

Bill Westfall

President, Gallagher-Westfall Group, IN | Director, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Academy, FL (Ret.)

William S. Westfall is currently President of the Gallagher - Westfall Group of Indiana where he manages, develops and provides a wide range of leadership, supervision and management services to the public sector. He has provided, liability, leadership and supervisory training to thousands of police officers and public sector personnel in nearly every state in the United States as well as having been featured as a guest speaker on the Law Enforcement Television Network (LETN), the Fire Emergency Television Network (FETN), The University of Portsmouth, England and General Session Speaker for the 1997 ASLET Conference. He is well known for practical but powerful motivational and inspirational learning experiences.

Previously Mr. Westfall was the Assistant Director of the Institute for Liability Management, an organization devoted to law enforcement liability reduction.

Prior to his appointment with the Institute, Mr. Westfall was Director of the Montana Law Enforcement Academy where he oversaw the upgrading of the entry level basic law enforcement curriculum to a ten week 500+ hour program, directed the establishment of the MLEA Executive Institute for chiefs and sheriffs and assisted with the restructuring of courses for supervisors and for in-service training.

Mr. Westfall also served as Director of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Academy responsible for training programs delivered across the state for all law enforcement agencies. His duties also included the administration of the Organized Crime Institute, the Executive Institute and the development of the Center for Advanced Law Enforcement Studies.

In prior positions, Mr. Westfall has served as Executive Assistant to the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Bureau Chief for the Division of Police Standards and Training for the state of Florida charged with the enforcement of all pre-employment standards for police and corrections officers, their certification, and then decertification if they failed to maintain those norms.

Mr. Westfall began his career in law enforcement with the Alaska State Troopers where he served in a variety of functions during a four year tenure. In 1969 he was selected as "Trooper of the Year" for the South-central Region and was recognized by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce as "Lawman of the Year" for services provided to the Anchorage area. Prior to his entry into law enforcement, Mr. Westfall served a four-year term in the United States Marine Corps to include Vietnam.

Mr. Westfall received his BA in Criminology cum laude from Florida State University and has completed course work toward a graduate degree in Public Administration. He is also a graduate of the respected FBI National Academy where he was selected as class spokesman for the 141st Session.

George Childers

George Childers

Labor Relations Manager, Grand Rapids, MI (Ret.)

George Childers has more than 30 years of experience with employment in the public sector including the Federal government, State government, and Local government. George is a military service veteran having served 8 years in the United States Air Force. He began his work in the Labor Relations field working for the Michigan Department of State Police and administered the contracts with the State Troopers and Sergeants, and Laboratory Scientists in the department’s Forensic Science Division. As Labor Relations Manager for the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan, George negotiated and administered contracts with nine (9) exclusively represented bargaining units covering Police and Fire, Administrative Services, Community Services, Environmental Services, and Public Works. He retired from the city in 2010.

George holds a Master’s degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University, and currently operates a labor relations consulting firm registered in the State of Michigan. His experience covers the areas of being a Chief Spokesperson in contract negotiations; appointment as a panel member in interest arbitration; grievance administration and arbitration advocacy; progressive discipline; interacting with supervisory staff and elected officials on contract interpretation; accepting and investigating citizen complaints; providing responses and advocating in Unfair Labor Practice and Unemployment cases; and, coaching/counseling.

Scott Grainer

Scott Grainer

Detective, Internal Affairs Bureau, New York Police Department, NY (Ret.)

Scott M. Grainer began his career in 1986 and patrolled the streets of Brooklyn in the 60, 61 and 77 Precincts. While assigned to the 60 Precinct he was a Field Training Officer. In 1988 He then transferred to the Highway Patrol in Brooklyn where he was involved in investigating DWI’s. He also was certified as an Accident Investigator. Scott was also part of the Top Cops program teaching tactics to all members of the NYPD.

In 1996, he was promoted to Detective and assigned to the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau. During his time with the Internal Affairs Bureau, Scott was certified as an instructor and taught newly promoted investigators, civilian members, undercover officers and rookie officers. He was also trained in Dignitary Protection.

After retiring from the NYPD in 2006, Scott spent the last ten years as a Security Guard at Good Samaritan Hospital in Long Island, New York, as well as at Duke Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. While working at Duke Hospital, Scott received numerous letters of commendation for his excellent customer service. In 2012, he was named Employee of the Month and received the Chief’s Award, also known as Employee of the Year. During his time spent at Duke, Scott received training in Customer Service Excellence as well as Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (CPI) and became a part of the Crisis Intervention Team within the Duke Police Department. In February 2016 he was certified by the Crisis Prevention Institute as an instructor in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention.

Gary Benthin

Gary Benthin

Chief of Police, Eden Police Department, NC (Ret.)

Gary Benthin is a retired police officer with over thirty-two years of service in two states. He spent more than twenty-two of those years as a chief. He served as a patrol and training officer on a 1,700 member county police department, a detective on a 165 member sheriff’s department, chief of a seven-member municipal police department and chief of a mid-sized municipal police department.

Gary graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Criminology. He later attended Western Carolina University and graduated with a Master of Public Affairs degree. He is a graduate of the Southeast Florida Institute of Criminal Justice, the North Carolina Police Executive Development Program and the FBI National Academy.

Mr. Benthin was a trained and certified criminal justice instructor for thirty years and has taught a multitude of criminal justice topics in basic law enforcement training, in-service training and community college curriculum courses. More recently, he has scripted and appeared in, numerous training videos on leadership and related topics.

Rick Grayson

Rick Grayson

Deputy Chief of Police, Raleigh Police Department, NC (Ret.)

Rick Grayson is a law enforcement professional with over thirty years of police experience. He retired in 2011 as the Deputy Chief of the Raleigh Police Department in North Carolina. During his tenure, Grayson was the commander of the Special Operations and Investigative Divisions. As Deputy Chief, he provided daily oversight of key departmental operations, including its budget, internal affairs investigations, disciplinary matters, safety and inspections operations, strategic planning, and national accreditation activities.

In June of 2011, Deputy Chief Grayson joined a private software company as Senior Manager for the Corporate Security Department. He was responsible for planning, developing and directing the company's protective services function. His vast law enforcement experience proved instrumental in providing information-led, high quality crime prevention and police services to maintain and promote personal safety and the security of the company's global headquarters.

Rick Grayson brings to Capital Personnel Solutions a strong work ethic in government and corporate security settings. He is a champion of providing excellent customer service and has a proven ability to produce results that are complimented by his equally strong qualifications in training and education. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Police Executive Research Forum's Senior Management Institute for Police, and the Administrative Officers Management Program at North Carolina State University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University.

Willie Williams

Willie Williams

Chief of Police, North Carolina Central University Police Department, NC (Ret.)

Chief Williams is a three-time police chief, retired from the North Carolina Central University in 2012 where he had served as Chief of Police since November 2006. An industry expert on management and leadership, Chief Williams has served in a variety of assignments in the patrol division, narcotics bureau, criminal investigations division, criminal intelligence bureau, and the administrative division.  Willie serves as a Senior Consultant at Developmental Associates.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Education from North Carolina Wesleyan College. Chief Williams is a graduate of the FBI Academy (129th Session) and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Training Program, 1994. He is also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute and Municipal/County Government Program at the Institute of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

At North Carolina Central University (NCCU), Chief Williams made Public Safety a top priority. Under his administration, the NCCU Police Department became one of the most effective and progressive university law enforcement agencies in the state. Under his leadership, NCCU Police Department was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). During his tenure he worked aggressively with his team to establish goals and a philosophy to become a “High Performance Agency”, defined as one that provides courteous, flexible and effective police services to the community. The NCCU Police Department became a customer friendly agency with clearly defined philosophies, values and policies. Chief Williams developed the agency into a values-driven organization rather than policy-driven.

Dr. James Klopovic

Dr. James Klopovic


Dr. Klopovic holds a Doctorate of Public Policy from Charles Sturt University, Sydney Australia, with concentration on how to develop and sustain local service projects.  His successful Capacity Building model for sustainable service ideas is explained via working projects on school readiness, community policing, delinquency prevention, serving mental health consumers, reducing recidivism and reducing prison populations.  He served as a senior staffer on The North Carolina Governor's Crime Commission for nearly 25 years and he is proudly retired from the United States Air Force.  He served in multiple locales including South East Asia and the Middle East in numerous capacities including as a logistics line officer, training detachment commander, Department of Defense Advisor (from 1977-78) to the Imperial Iranian Air Force, Area Recruiter for the ROTC and Air Force Academy and Associate Professor, Arizona State University.


Dr. Klopovic has 45 years of experience in the public sector providing leadership at federal, state and local levels with subject matter expertise in strategic planning, municipal governance, financial development, federal granting, community and organizational development, project planning, implementation, operation/expansion and evaluation.


He developed numerous programs one of which was detailing the processes and procedures for establishing School Resource Officers in our schools which led to a $10M bill from the NC General Assembly and nearly a decade of sustained granting from the NC Governor’s Crime Commission to fund SROs statewide.  SROs grew from 200 in 1995 to over 1000 officers in 2016 - and growing - resulting in safer learning environments statewide and a national model for safer schools.  Dr. Klopovic has served as the principal investigator/project director on a series of research projects to analyze and propose model local projects which led to granting initiatives for dozens of municipal and state initiatives.  His technical support to numerous local government entities created and enhanced services ideas such as delinquency prevention, reentry and decriminalizing the mentally ill.  He has broad experience in logistics, training and education as well as project and program design, implementation, management and building program and organizational permanency.  He has authored or collaborated on numerous publications on community policing, community development and effective/efficient delivery of public services.

Dr. Klopovic consults and advises on granting and funding development, local service project development, training development, project process and impact evaluation, strategic and tactical planning, and developing the public safety professional for the 21st Century.


BELIEF:  Dr. James Klopovic believes in the character of the individual – Everyone has basic dignity, goodness and especially potential to strive and accomplish which deserve respect.


PHILOSOPHY OF SERVICE:  Dr. Klopovic’s philosophy of service is expressed in the name of his company, AFFINITAS, which means relationship or connection.  Reputation has to be continuously earned.  He believes productive work begins by developing mutually trusting working relationships which progress to long-term friendships.  “Why do anything if you can’t make friends.”


His books include:

Effective Program Practices for At-Risk Youth:  A Continuum of Community Based Programs, Civic Research Institute, Inc., 2003.  http://www.civicresearchinstitute.com/epy.html .

From the Bottom-Up – Reforming the Criminal Justice System with Capacity Building, Reentry and a Movement.  Expected release for the book series, summer 2017.

Jose L. Lopez Sr.

Jose L. Lopez Sr.

Chief, Durham Police Department, NC (Ret.)

Jose L. Lopez Sr. is a 32 year police veteran who brings over ten years of public safety executive experience to Dolan Consulting Group.  He retired in December 2015 as Chief of Police of the Durham (NC) Police Department, an agency comprised of over 700 employees in North Carolina’s fourth largest city. During his tenure he was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina to serve on the Street Safe Task Force and the Gang Task Force.  He also served for two years as Chairperson to the Atlanta High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).

Chief Lopez began his law enforcement career in 1983 as a patrol officer in Hartford, Connecticut.  During his 23 years of service Chief Lopez rose through the ranks serving in every division at different levels and retired in 2007 at the rank of Assistant Chief.  As Assistant Chief, Chief Lopez was responsible for both the Patrol and Investigative Bureaus.  During his tenure he also served as commander of the Crisis Negotiation Team and his efforts were featured in the National Tactical Officers Association Journal.

Chief Lopez has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Police Science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy 183rd Session, the Senior Management Institute for Police 36th Session and the FBI National Executive Institute 37th Session. Chief Lopez has also attended the National Counter-Terrorism Training through the Anti-Defamation League in Israel.

Chief Lopez served his country as a Law Enforcement Specialist in the US Air Force and received an honorable discharge after a four year commitment.

Chief Lopez is married to retired Hartford Police Officer Rebecca Lopez. Both joined as a married couple, completing the academy and being sworn in as police officers together.

Chief Lopez is also fluent in Spanish.

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