Couper personally knew many of the chiefs sitting around the table that day in Washington, and his expectation was that by this time our nation’s police leaders would be willing and eager to discuss the ways in which they can improve as a profession. He was wrong again.
Arrested Development looks at Couper’s long experience of working closely with and leading people in both police station and parish. He admits that he could not have written this book upon his retirement from policing. He sees our nation’s police continuing to struggle over and over again with four recurring and major obstacles which have literally tended to “arrest” their development:
Couper believes that if each one of these obstacles aren’t overcome, we are going to continue to experience serious trouble controlling our police, keeping them honest, and protecting our civil rights. The book provides an overview of police history, how he came as a very young man to lead and reform the Madison police for over two decades. And he lists the seven necessary steps police need to take in order to remove the four obstacles and improve their service. He goes on to tell us about one of the most critical things police must do in any democratic society and ways to do it better – the proper handling of public protest.
Couper believes police can change and improve. And there are enough police in our nation’s ranks today that believe that, too just as he did as a young patrol officer many years ago. In many cases, what prevents police from overcoming their obstacles to improvement is the absence of quality leaders in their ranks; leaders who believe in the nobility of police work that is accomplished with both fairness and effectiveness.
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