Manchester Police Chief Robert Dolan Retires

Yesterday, officers from the Manchester Township Police Department, Mayor Rob Arace, and members of the Township Council gathered with family, friends, and honored guests to celebrate Chief Robert Dolan and his decades-long law enforcement career.

Chief Dolan was sworn in as Manchester Township’s seventh Chief of Police on July 1, 2021; he began his career with the Department in 1993 as a dispatcher and was hired as a full time officer in 1994. He has served in numerous positions throughout the Police Department including Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Administrative Services Lieutenant, and Captain overseeing the Division of Emergency Services.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the residents of Manchester Township for 31 years,” said Chief Dolan. “I trust that the agency is in good hands under the leadership of incoming Chief Antonio Ellis. I wish him and all of the men and women of the Department well as they continue to serve the community to the highest standard.”

Among his major accomplishments, in 2016 Chief Dolan managed the Spillman project, implementing a new Computer Aided Dispatch and Record Management System. Under his leadership in 2024, Spillman was moved in-house. As a Captain, Chief Dolan was instrumental in the creation of the Emergency Services Division, which launched in 2020 and included the rehabilitation of two EMS Buildings, the hiring of the EMS Director and a group of qualified EMTs, and purchasing and up-fitting ambulances and other equipment.

During the course of his esteemed career, Chief Dolan earned numerous law enforcement awards and commendations including the Exceptional Duty Award and two Administrative Commendation Awards. In 2018, Chief Dolan completed the prestigious FBI-LEEDA Trilogy, and in 2017 was certified as a Spillman Application Administrator.

“Thank you, Chief Dolan, for all that you’ve done for the Manchester Township Police Department and the residents of Manchester Township during your distinguished career,” the department stated. “We all join together to wish you a happy and healthy retirement!”

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  1. If you ever travel on the 70 past Lakehurst (which is a tiny part of Manchester), be aware that the small Town Police dept always has a few officers looking to give tickets. They are eagle eyed at catching the smallest infraction which often results in an online court appearance besides the ticket. (The unincorporated township relies on these fees to fund the police & court system) Always follow the law & you’ll avoid much aggravation.

  2. The Jewish community of Manchester would like to publicly recognize Chief Constable Robert Dolan for his wonderful service to our community. Never has England produced a more capable “Bobby”
    He was always there to serve with a smile. Whether greeting us with “Tallyho Chaps” or telling Buchrim running late for Shachris “Chop Chop” he made our community a better place.
    We’ll always remember him inviting us to voice our concerns over tea & crumpets.

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