David C. Couper


David C. Couper

David C. Couper was chief of police in Madison, Wisconsin, from 1972 to 1993. Since his retirement, he has attended seminary and was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. He 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 (2012) and How to Rate Your Local Police (2015). He blogs at “Improving Police.”


Oregon Department of Transportation

Police as an occupying force are ineffective and unsafe more

Aug 29, 2017 12:22 PM Dispatches


Tony Webster

A veteran police officer reflects on what the officer could have done differently and where we go from here. more

Jun 22, 2017 3:32 PM Dispatches 2 Comments

"I have always thought police could be the catalyst that would bring us together, to overcome the divisiveness and fear of each other." more

Jul 8, 2016 9:54 PM Dispatches 8 Comments

Today, the use of deadly force by police across the country has become a national disgrace. more

May 13, 2015 12:22 PM Magazine 3 Comments