Chapter One: My story on improving a police department. Many more stories just as good. How to bring quality and continuous improvement to your agency. Get inspired to lead change from wherever you are. Learn what works. Borrow and adapt successful strategies. Avoid the missteps. For further examples, ongoing discussion, and to share your experiences, engage at BendingGranite.org. You can buy the book there and listen to a podcast as one of the authors, Tom Mosgaller, interviews me.
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Who Am I? Family: Married to Christine Brown Couper (retired R.N.). Formerly married to Sabine Lobitz (1953-2020) who died of cancer after a 13 year struggle. Hobbies/Interests: Physical activity. Travel. Martial Arts. Poetry. Social Justice and Commentary -- and now (2023) learning to play the blues harmonica!
Now retiring in my 85th year... that is, trying to!
David Couper: Beyond the Badge - Reflections of an Ex-cop by Rob Zaleski
"When he stepped down in 1993 after 21 contentious, but highly successful years as the police chief in ultra-liberal Madison, Wisconsin, David Couper was widely regarded as one of the most influential law enforcement officials in Wisconsin’s history. But little was known about his private life—or what motivated him to transform a paramilitary-type department into one that emphasized community relations; and to hire a large number of women and people of color, dramatically changing the complexion of the department..."