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How to Become a Police Chief

How to Become a Police Chief

  • Harry P. Dolan
    Chief of Police (Ret.)
  • Nov 10, 2021
Course Length:
  • 2-hour
  • 2:00 - 4:00pm EST
Individual Fee:
  • $95.00 per registered attendee
Group Rate:
  • $95.00 for the first attendee - $50.00 per each additional attendee
Agency Pricing:
  • Please contact us for an agency-wide pricing quote

Serving as a chief of police is one of the most honorable and rewarding roles in law enforcement, but it can also be one of the most challenging for the men and women who accept the call.

This webinar provides you with the opportunity to spend time with a police chief veteran who successfully traveled down the road to chief four separate times. Chief Harry P. Dolan served more than 32 years in law enforcement, with 25 of those years as a chief. He successfully competed for chief appointments at four separate agencies, from a small state agency, to a small city, to a medium-sized city, to a major metropolitan city. In this webinar, Chief Dolan walks us through the critical steps to securing a career as a chief.

  • What does it take to become a Police Chief: Do I really have what it takes?
  • Critical facts to consider BEFORE deciding to apply for the job: Starting and ending with you and your family intact
  • Understanding the various types of selection processes: Surviving the “Hurdles”
  • Navigating city hall, community, and police department political interests: Avoiding “Land Mines”
  • What is the Mayor/City Manager really looking for in their next Police Chief: What factors influence the decision to look inside vs. outside
  • How much homework should I do: Getting a firm grasp of current issues and events vs. “I have a plan for you”
  • Looks like you are getting the job offer: How should I proceed with negotiating a political appointment, contract or civil service offer?
  • Waiting to start the new job: Do’s and don’ts before arriving at the new job
  • Introducing the “New Chief”: Recommendations regarding your first steps from the 25-Year School of Hard Knocks
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