David Harley was a dim-witted police officer played by
Will Ryan who was later replaced by detective Harlow Doyle after some
parents complained about Harley's poor representation of authority.
David Harley left Odyssey and all of his episodes were withdrawn from
release or remade to exclude him.
In 1987 and early 1988, Officer Harley was an Odyssey
regular, along with John Whittaker and
Tom Riley, appearing in eight of the first
fifteen episodes of the series. The writers initially intended for
Harley to become a main character to harness his "comedic potential."
However, several parents complained that Harley's dim-witted jokes made
him a poor representation of authority. At the request of Dr. Dobson,
the Odyssey team removed Harley from the show.