Step Five: Improve Continuously


In my book I argue that “police must unceasingly improve the systems in which they work – and everything they do.”

This is the key to any workplace, not just police.

So, if what you are doing is worth anything you should always work toward fixing the problems and continuously improving the systems in which you work. And your leaders should do everything they can do to make this happen. Improvement on a continuing basis applies not only to cops and catching cooks, but to salespersons, mechanics, teachers and medical practitioners as well!

From my book:

 “Improvement of our nation’s police is possible, but it has got to be a constant and not sporadic occurrence. It is going to take some work from each and every one of us. It is possible to engage police officers in a pursuit of excellence, which is essentially what this is. In the long run, this commitment to improving the systems in which police work is good for them and all of us: police will have more support from their community, they will feel nobler about themselves and the work they do, and their workplaces will be more comfortable, gratifying, and engaging.” 

The clock is clicking down. I am getting REALLY excited about releasing this book. My two sessions in Lodi at First Lutheran Church last week was very gratifying in how folks responded to some of the ideas in my book.

April and May are going to be two big months and no doubt immerse me back into the world of cops and robbers. (Am I ready as an aging cleric? We’ll see.)

I sure hope you come out and attend one of my readings. But most importantly, whether you show up or not, I hope you engage with the ideas and concepts in this book, work for change, and be an active member of this great social experiment called America!

Here are the dates again:

  • The Book House, 429-14th Ave. S.E., Minneapolis, Apr. 14, 3 p.m.
  • A Room of One’s Own Books, 307 W. Johnson, Madison, Thurs., April 19, 6:30 p.m.
  • Arcadia Books, Spring Green, Sat., April 21, 3 p.m.
  • Prairie Book Shop, Mt. Horeb, Thurs., April 26, 7 p.m.
  • Village Booksmith in Baraboo, Sat., April 28, 3 p.m.
  • Crossroads Coffee House, Cross Plains, Thurs., May 3, 7 p.m.
  • St John’s Episcopal Church. Portage, Sat., May 5, 3 p.m.