Nicholas Dial | LEAP | Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

About Nicholas Dial

Former Deputy Sheriff, Pinal County (AZ) Sheriff’s Office Former Municipal Police Officer, Coolidge, AZ PD
Mesa, AZ

"People have a misconception that fighting a ‘war’ on drugs makes drugs less available. But as a member of law enforcement, I saw that not only were we outmanned, outgunned, and outspent, we were failing to seize a majority of the drugs coming in.”"

Nicholas (Nick) Dial has served as both a deputy sheriff and municipal police officer. He entered into law enforcement hoping to make a difference and help his fellow man. But while working as a patrol officer and seeing cartel activity firsthand, it soon became clear to him that enforcing prohibition only made the problem worse.

“People have a misconception that fighting a ‘war’ on drugs makes drugs less available,” Nick explains. “But as a member of law enforcement, I saw that not only were we outmanned, outgunned, and outspent, we were failing to seize a majority of the drugs coming in. Then I saw that most drug crimes to which I responded or made arrests were crimes that were caused by prohibition, not the drug itself. Officers are often killed by dealers protecting their product or in raids, while innocent civilians, victims of bad intelligence, have been killed by the police when they go to the wrong house. At times, officers are killed by scared homeowners mistaking a no-knock warrant for a burglary.”

Nick has seen the damage that drugs cause at a personal level as well. “I have a close family member with drug problems,” he shares. “Quality treatment is not a viable financial option, and he has a massive rap sheet for possession charges, which taints his productivity. This is a common scenario. The criminal justice system fails to help people with addictions; instead, it stabilizes the violent illicit markets.”

He hopes that through education and teamwork, we can end these policies. If he had the chance, Nick would say to the people he arrested: “It is unfortunate that you were arrested; however, I had to enforce the laws of the land, as I took an oath to uphold. Perhaps through education, together we can work toward a more positive change in policy and law.”

A member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Golden Key International Honor Society, Alpha Beta Kappa Honor Society, and Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society, Nick holds a bachelor’s of science degree in criminal justice, counterterrorism and homeland security. He has appeared as an expert commentator on Fox News Radio and has been published in academic journals as well as Police One magazine.