Cops Won’t Change, Can’t Improve? Think Again!

images-2Change is on the horizon for police. Improvement will happen if we all work together.

What is desperately needed is open, respectful dialogue with generous listening between police and the communities they serve — particularly communities of color. It will most certainly involve the ability to negotiate.

And the police must remember this: they serve the people and the people decide the standards — the ways and methods of how police deliver their services.

Policing is negotiation. Everything is negotiable because, as Sir Robert Peel reminded us 150 years ago in  his Principles of Policing: “the police are the public and the public are the police.”

And it may come down to this: if the police do not accept and agree to police in a way the people desire, then the police must reconsider if this is the kind of work they wish to do.

If you think police are unable to change, or cannot change or improve, listen to this presentation by a tough SWAT team commander from Kansas City:

The training he and other officers received came from the Arbinger Institute. Read the report on the work they did with the Kansas City Police Department.

You may also want to see the book that the SWAT team commander mentioned from the Institute: Leadership and Self-Deception.

In the meantime, across the nation, let us all work together to develop the very best in policing. A great nation deserves a great police.



  1. I wish the arricle gave more detail about what changes they did to improve the shooting ability of the officers even though they might be under pressure. I also wish the article gave more details about what why the SWAT leader Chip wasn’t looking at what his team was doing wrong and what was his own flaws as a leader and how did he manage to be convince to reform himself. I would also like to know what reforms did the team have so that in the end, they were able to do their jobs far more efficiently than the rest of the SWAT teams in his department without getting no complaints from the citizens.


  2. Too bad the police across the nation and the FBI did not look at the Occupied Wall Street movement as a huge group of concerned citizens who were fearfull of what was happening to this country. Sam Seder and Mik Papantonio on the Ring of Fire show stated they can’t understand why the police do not side with the ordinary citizens considering the fact that police officers are working class Americans just like the rest of the population.


  3. I saw the Ted Talk about the SWAT leader Chip on what his department did to reform itself in order to clean up the area. I wonder if his department had community resources officers but they cut them out years ago due to budget cuts and/or police shifting their resources to use their manpower more efficently. Then again, police officers get assignments and promotions base on their ability to make arrests, write tickets, etc. There seems to be no way how to rate an officer’s performancewhen he does a good job of reducing crime like those two officers were assigned Chip’s area to work with the community. In the end, they were responsibile for reducing the crime to zero, but Chip’s team got the police citation for it while Chip did not say if those two officers were rewarded.

    Something is definately wrong when a leader like Chip has all this police experience (24 years) and he never turn it into wisdom. Instead, he kept doing the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. Guys like him should be broken back to the ranks or kick out of their profession and never be allow to re-enter the profession. Of course, you can say that about the rest of America’s top and medium level public and private sector workers.


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