James Nolette is an expert in place-based policing, police operations, and police reform. Prior to CNA, Nolette served with the Fayetteville Police Department in various positions and levels of responsibility for more than 25 years. During his career, Nolette was one of the initial ten recipients of the Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) scholarship through the National Institute of Justice and has presented at major conferences domestically and internationally about the increased value of data analysis in all facets of policing but specific in community engagement and in the area of resource deployment to gain community trust.
Nolette has published several articles about the value of placed based policing in today's world. Assistant Chief (Retired) Nolette partnered with the Department of Justice and Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) as the Fayetteville Police Departments command staff liaison associated with the Fayetteville Police Department Collaborative Reform. He was also responsible for leading the Fayetteville Police Department’s efforts in establishing a robust Open Data Portal associated with the 21st Century Policing recommendation to create greater transparency through the Police Data Initiative.
Nolette holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He earned a Bachelor of Science in applied science from Campbell University. Additionally, Nolette is a graduate of several major policing leadership programs including the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and PERF’s Senior Management Institute of Police. He was also selected for a year-long program with the Australian Institute of Police Management Police Executive Management Graduate Course in Sydney, Australia.