Revolutionary New Strategy Revitalizes The Efficiency of Law Enforcement

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Breakthrough approach guarantees to produce dramatic results in the effectiveness and efficiency of law enforcement by combining successful business principles with proactive citizen involvement.

Law enforcement produces less than a 20% case closure rate almost every year, and there is growing concern that the police aren’t available to protect people, that the police react only after an incident occurs. Yet law enforcement has the most educated, sophisticated officers in its history; the basic question is why this happens.

By investigating and experiencing police activities, William E. Cooper, retired Chief of Police and author of “Leading Beyond Tradition: A Breakthrough Strategy for Law Enforcement” (ISBN 0976746158), learned that in most cases 50% - 70% of calls for service officers were responding to have little relationship to the mission of policing, and in addition, the majority of calls made to 911 lines had no relationship to emergent circumstances. With the larger percentage of time spent on non-mission oriented incidents, officers are often unable to deploy to law enforcement problems in many cases.

With the responsibility of finding solutions, Cooper developed a completely new and proactive approach to policing which would provide the quality of life the community deserves. “Leading Beyond Tradition” reveals a three-part approach, combining the highly successful Six Sigma and CompStat business principles along with a far more effective Community Policing strategy. The expected outcome is to return real results in crime reduction, calls for service reduction, and the ability to stabilize staffing levels and the annual budget, all at the same time partnering with the community that invests in the department to enhance its quality of life. “By using the model the department truly produces dramatic results,” explains Cooper.

“Law enforcement is populated by some of the finest people in America and given the chance to legitimately participate in the development and operation of the departments would produce outcomes with the citizens unlike any time in our history” continues Cooper. “These officers and our citizens are truly good people who look only for making it better.”

A major west coast urban Police Department retained Cooper to train its command staff in the model, and then complete projects to demonstrate success. Just one small project saved the department some $162,000 annually, reducing the former process steps by 84% and the cost to the department by 92%. The dollars and resources freed are now an infusion of capital from the existing budget able to be used on mission-oriented activities. Another Puget Sound police department, this one smaller, is re-making its entire organization around the model, including a 5-year plan Cooper prepared. Cooper adds, “This model can be applied in any organization, and significant outcomes and successes can be realized. While the book has an emphasis on policing, the content will work in any organization, regardless of its charter, service or other wise. I did this in both public and private sector institutions with excellent results.”

William E. Cooper has had the privilege of serving in nearly all aspects of policing. He has led departments both in the public and private sectors, achieving many and profound successes. “I’ve received truly outstanding education and training and have taught thousands of law enforcement professionals around the country whom I consider some of the finest people in the country,” explains Cooper.    In addition, Cooper teaches graduate school courses in leadership, organizational development, and how to build high performance organizations.

“Leading Beyond Tradition: A Breakthrough Strategy for Law Enforcement” may be purchased on or directly from the author. Cooper offers keynote addresses, speaking engagements, and training in the model, both in law enforcement and in the business community and can be reached at or at (425) 275-7665.

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