“Arrested Development” – 2nd Edition!

Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off…2nd Edition

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The first edition of Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off About Protest, Racism, Corruption and the Seven Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation’s Police was first published in 2011.

Since that time, a lot of water has passed under the proverbial bridge –Ferguson, questions about police use of deadly force, cell phone videos of officer-involved shootings, Procedural Justice training, recommendations from the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and Guidelines on Use of Force from the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

Most recently with the tragedy at Charlottesville, we now must look back to 2011 when I was writing the book and the Occupy Movement took center stage and challenged police as to how they were responding to public protest, sit-ins, and the occupation of public properties. Again, how police respond to public protest is essential in our nation today.

Arrested Development is still about the 20-year transformation I led in the Madison (WI) Police Department, the history and subculture of policing, and the seven steps police are still going to have to take to overcome the police field’s “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” which prevent police from improving:

  • Anti-intellectualism
  • Violence
  • Corruption
  • Disrespect

A new, eighth chapter has been added to the book, “Stop, Don’t Shoot,” which shows a way forward. How police can re-build legitimacy and trust using the Task Force recommendations and the PERF guidelines.

In Madison, we were able to bring educated men and women and racial minorities into a basically all-white male police department. Throughout the years, we handled hundreds of protests using what has become to be called “The Madison Method” of crowd control. Within the department, we developed a method of collaborative leadership called “Quality Leadership.”

How we did it is in this book. It took time, effort and fierce persistence! It is packed with methods and ideas that pertain to today’s policing as much as it did years ago. And what I learned, you can, too!

Since my retirement, I have been concerned about the increasing militarization of police, the uses of deadly force. and their slow progress forward — a continued “arrested development.”

My other publications include “How to Rate Your Local Police,” “The Quality Leadership Workbook,” and, most recently, “Telling it Like it Is! Couper on Cops.”

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