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David C. Couper

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Chief David C. Couper, a former Marine, “ led the Madison Police Department for over twenty years (1972-1993)and was a visionary leader. During this time, the department successfully handled hundreds of public protests without incident, implemented a collaborative leadership style, and brought women and minorities into the department. He holds master's degrees from the University of Minnesota and Edgewood College. Since his retirement he has been concerned about the militarization of our nation's police and their slow progress which has arrested their development. Couper believes our nation's police can and should be great. Over the years, he has never lost his passion to see this happen. Couper served as a police officer in Edina and Minneapolis before being chosen to lead the Burnsville and Madison police departments.”  Chief David C. Couper is the author of Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off About Protest, Racism, Corruption, and the Seven Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation's Police and Restoration Point.

According to the book description of Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off About Protest, Racism, Corruption, and the Seven Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation's Police, “Repression of protest. Racial profiling. Excessive force. Misconduct. Corruption. In this hard-hitting book, Chief David Couper talks about his career, the police subculture, and his 20-year transformation of police in Madison, Wisc. The book is autobiography, history, and a police improvement manual in which he outlines the seven steps police must take in order to overcome the four obstacles which have "arrested" their development: anti-intellectualism, violence, corruption, and discourtesy. When these obstacles are dismantled and the seven steps followed, we will have police who are smart, restrained, honest, and courteous. Couper writes with authority, wisdom, and experience.”

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