I strongly believe in formal education for police. I worked nights on the Minneapolis Police Department tactical squad while he attended classes at the University of Minnesota. As chief of police in Burnsville (MN), the department become one of the first in the nation to require a four-year college degree for police officers. In Madison, I became a disciple of Dr. W. Edwards Deming’s methods of quality improvement and applied them to the police. Of all the things I did during my twenty plus years as chief of police in Madison, the most important were to bring peace to the streets of the city, integrate the department, and gain new respect for Madison police officers — respect that had been lost during street battles with anti-war protestors before I came to Madison.
I hold graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota and Edgewood College. Over the years, I have written many articles and led many seminars calling for police improvement. I wrote How To Rate Your Local Police, Quality Policing: The Madison Experience, and The New Quality Leadership Work Book for Police with my wife Sabine. My latest books are the second 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 (2017) and Telling It Like It Is: Couper on Cops (2017).
After retiring from the police department, I attended seminary and was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. At the present time, I serve at St. Peter’s, a small Episcopal church in North Lake (WI). I am married to Sabine Lobitz (also a former police officer). Together, we have nine adult children, eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. I continue an active life as a writer, poet, priest, cyclist and cross-country skier – and, yes, “police observer-commentator!”
I currently teach in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Wisconsin in Platteville.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.