David Couper

David Couper

David Couper came to Madison, Wisc. in 1972 as their new chief of police. He was 34 years of age at the time. Prior to coming to Madison he had served on the Edina, Minn. and Minneapolis Police Departments and chief of the Burnsville, Minn. Department. He and went on to serve as Madison’s chief of police for over 20 years. Couper brought much change and reform to Madison – a new way to management conflict and public protest, he broke open the employment barriers that kept women and racial minorities from the police ranks, and instituted a new and collaborative style of leadership. In 1993, he was chosen by his peers to receive the National Police Leadership Award. He has graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota and Edgewood College in Madison, studied police in Europe, and has authored three books on policing and the role of forgiveness in government. He and his wife, Sabine, who also served as a police officer for 20 years, have been married for over thirty years. Between the two of them they built a family of nine children and eleven grandchildren.


Living as brothers and sisters

By: - June 5, 2020

Where do I begin? The pandemic in which I must strongly isolate because of my age and my wife’s cancer? The explosive outrage that was bound to come because we as a nation have been  unable to reduce the number of deaths of African Americans at the hands of police? Or do I start  as […]