Can a South Africa "massacre" happen in the U.S? Did we forget Kent State? The problem with violence is that it begets more violence. If our nation's police are to emerge into a truly democratic institution that is committed to protecting civil rights with a minimum amount of force,j practicing honesty and accountability, and doing so in a respectful manner to all citizens regardless of their race or economic class, we will be on the way to get there.

I have spent most of my adult life working to improve our police. My experience is captured in my new book and the blog I write.

For insight and direction on this and other important police improvement issues, take a look at “Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off About Protest, Racism, Corruption and the Seven Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation’s Police” ( And the blog at where other current police improvement issues are discussed. Good luck and may we all experience not just good but great policing! Great policing is accomplished by police who are well-trained, restrained in their use of force, honest, and courteous to every citizen.


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Police Chief Da... 3 years 12 weeks ago

Tom, it would be great to discuss this and other points I have about improving our nation's polilce. Please let me know and if you would like me to send you a copy of my new book.

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