Retired police officer John Mutz recently reported from Washington where a group of police officers have travelled in order to provide input on improving our nation’s police. See my earlier blog HERE.
“I am in DC now meeting with a group of police officers from around the country who are leading change in the police culture. I have joined this extraordinary group by invitation to share my thoughts with them and I am in awe of their courage and persistence in spite of significant retaliation from their respective police agencies. We have benefitted from dialogue in several meetings.
“We have also been meeting with the offices of several members of the Black Congressional Caucus here in the Capitol building.
“It is all very powerful and I believe will add to the momentum for justice and honest solutions for the breakdowns in the police service in our country. The President’s TF is due to complete its report in this area after meetings around the country and we have been asked to comment on the recommendations in the report. I am at home with this group of amazing women and men and feel encouraged and humbled by their interest and support.
“Looking forward to sharing more about this experience and what I have learned that is relevant to our work to help lead change in policing. Last night we had an exciting conversation about new metrics for policing that reflect alignment with a new paradigm in policing. Hope this message finds you all well.”
Mutz is a retired LAPD police captain. He enjoyed a wide range of assignments in investigation, crisis management, administration and supervisory and leadership development. During the last ten years of his career he served as a captain in several commands in Los Angeles. He his credited with translating the quality improvement philosophy and process from the manufacturing sector to law enforcement following the Rodney King incident. His work was awarded “best in government” for implementing the quality process at the Wilshire Area Station by the California Council for Quality and Service (CCQS). He currently works as a leadership coach, mediator, and advocate for excellent police service and community partnership.
I served over 20 years as the chief of police in Madison (WI), four years as chief of the Burnsville (MN) Police Department, and before that as a police officer in Edina (MN) and the City of Minneapolis. I hold graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota and Edgewood College in Madison. I have written many articles over my years as a police leader calling for police improvement (for example, How To Rate Your Local Police, and with my wife, Sabine, Quality Policing: The Madison Experience). After retiring from the police department, I answered a call to ministry, attended seminary, and was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. At the present time, I serve a small church in North Lake (WI), east of Madison. Sabine and I have nine adult children, eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is also a retired police officer and we both continue active lives.
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