Raleigh police chief defends department’s spending on Civil War trips

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The police chief in Raleigh is defending trips to Civil War battle sites to teach his officers about leadership.

According to WRAL, Police Chief Harry Dolan denies the trip to Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania was a waste of tax dollars and department resources.

Two dozen lieutenants took a three-day trip last month as part of the department’s leadership training program.

Teamsters Local 391 spokesman Chip Roth says the trip was nothing but a history lesson that has nothing to do with today’s world.

But Dolan says the officers learned how political and military leaders made decisions under pressure and how leaders emerged during the war. He says most of those on the trip found it very fulfilling.

The department says the preliminary costs for the trip were around $7,700.
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