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  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470102560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470102562
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Couper led the Madison Police Department for over twenty years (1972-1993). 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. He served as a police officer in Edina and Minneapolis before being chosen to lead the Burnsville and Madison police departments. He has been a voice for improved policing for over four decades. This is his third book on policing. For more information visit his blog at: http://improvingpolice.wordpress.com

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David Couper 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. This is his third book on policing.

Since his retirement, he has continued to champion peace and justice issues as a priest in the Episcopal Church, Diocese of Milwaukee.

For more information, visit his blog HTTP://improvingpolice.wordpress.com and Couper's website: http://www.davidccouper.com.

For a short (4 minute) video review check out an interview with him: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IoLKTfPK5c.

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As a police researcher, I have read a lot of books on the subject.
danielgloria
He covers the field with interesting scenes and opinions which should get a lot of folks actively looking into the guts of criminal justice today.
hulljack
I have long awaited the opportunity to read a comprehensive history of Chief David Couper and his leadership of the Madison Police Department.
Tom Drury

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson on July 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
Having spent 25 years at the Madison Police Department with David Couper as a mentor, the contents of Arrested Development comes as no surprise to me. These are core issues David has been "preaching" for three decades. He is extremely passionate about improving the police profession just as he was in pursuing excellence at the Madison Police Department. Couper has an unrivaled track record of identiying major issues in policing, such as policing crowds and leadership, that gives him credibility with colleagues. Twenty five years later, in 2012, our profession is now just coming to the realization he was absolutely correct about the manner in which we handled crowds (The Madison Method); the way we develop collaborative leadership (Couper's Principles of Leadership); and treating those we serve (customers) with respect, civility and dignity, including those we arrest.

Many Police Chiefs haven't survived or have struggled because of these three issues and the others addressed in his book. By sharing his experience, David hopes his message resonates throughtout the police profession and creates sustainable change. As he knows by his own accounts, sometimes those changes happen one department at a time.

I highly recommend the book to my colleagues. I believe my successes today as a Police Chief for eight years is attributed to the lessons observed, learned and shared by my former boss and mentor. Most of us love this profession and the important work we perform in protecting, serving and leading our communities to a safer tomorrow. Understanding the experiences of those who have preceded us, along with the solutions they offer can only make us personally and professionally better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dynohubbill on March 4, 2013
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David Couper brings his years of experience and study to look at ways our police work and the political environment they operate within. He opens a door to a profession that is not well understood, and gives suggestions on how to improve the current state of affairs. Whether you're a professional officer, politician, or engaged citizen, this book is well worth the read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul McMahon on May 8, 2012
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David Couper is a remarkably clear writer, a voice of broad experience in the field of policing who directly and unequivocally lays out what we as caring citizens should expect of our police. The author's phrase that sticks with me is" the police are us, and we are the police." They must be boldly led by chiefs with clear standards, goals and expectations. We are all human, we all make mistakes (Couper admits to his share over his 20 years as Chief of Police in Madison WI) but we must continually strive to improve. I know many officers and commanders may disagree with his philosophy, but the lessons, conclusions and beliefs stated by David Couper ring true for me. I highly recommend this book for all have made police work their honorable profession, as well as for the taxpayer citizens who rely on their good work and protection. At the college level, whether in the study of criminal justice, law enforcement, police science or even general liberal arts areas, this lucid book should be required reading. It is a case study of a professional's life experience, full of cogent advice and direction for justice administration.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Lueders on June 10, 2012
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The city of Madison owes a huge debt of gratitude to David Couper, who became the Wisconsin state capital's chief of police in 1972 and led the MPD for more than two decades, making it more professional, more responsive and ultimately more respected. Now Couper has added to that legacy with a book that presents his view on policing, in an era in which there appears to be some backsliding from the gains of the recent past.

Couper, now an Episcopal priest, recounts the fierce opposition he encountered in Madison, even from within his own department. He shows how over time he succeeded in transforming the department and outlasting his critics. What he doesn't dwell on is the extent to which he is remembered and celebrated, as the person who turned an ordinary police department into an extraordinary one.

Arrested Development is a remarkable book, in that it sets forth clear principles of enlightened policing that could be adopted anywhere. Couper identifies the major problems plaguing police: violence, corruption, anti-intellectualism and discourtesy. And he explains seven steps that police officials can take to improve their performance -- simple things like vision and training and evaluation that are, of course, more difficult to achieve than to name. Couper is precise about what each step entails, and how it can be realized.

This is a book that may not find a large audience but it could very well find the right one -- police officials in other communities who may be looking to become effective and even visionary leaders too. They couldn't ask for a better example, or a better guide.

Bill Lueders
Madison journalist and author
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chet Epperson on December 16, 2012
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A must read for current urban police chiefs and for those who want to lead. Chief Cooper addresses the entire scenario of current issues within policing. Chief Couper takes the issues, "head on" and appeals to what the current dis-connect is within current policing. Chief Couper addresses what most leaders are un-willing to admit and or address as professional law enforcement officers. The book is a must read for all of us who promote constitutional policing for all we serve!
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