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Retired police chief and author to speak at NIACC


MASON CITY – Retired Madison, Wisconsin Police Chief David C. Couper has been a leading national figure in the transition to the community policing philosophy. Residents of North Iowa will have an opportunity to hear Couper speak during a visit to North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) when he will share his experiences and professional thoughts on recent high-profile police issues such as the one still unfolding in Ferguson, MO.

Couper’s talk is open to the public and begins at 6:30 pm on Monday, October 20 in the Beem Center Forum (Room 200) on the NIACC campus. He will speak about his book, Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds off About Protest, Racism, Corruption and the Seven Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation’s Police

Couper spent more than 33 years in municipal law enforcement. The last 21 years of that career was spent as the Chief of Police in Madison, Wisconsin.

In addition to Arrested Development, Couper co-authored with his wife, Sabine Lobitz: Quality Policing: The Madison Experience, and The New Quality Leadership Workbook for Police along with numerous professional journal articles on policing. Copies of Arrested Development and the workbook will be available at his presentation.

After leaving the policing profession, Couper was ordained in the Episcopal Church and has served churches in the Diocese of Milwaukee. He continues to comment on policing issues in his popular blog, “Improving Police” on

Chief Couper’s presentation is sponsored by the NIACC Criminal Justice Club. For more information on the NIACC Criminal Justice program, visit and click on Academics.

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