Instructor
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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