Good, Better, Best,
never rest until your
Good be Better
and your Better is
Fremont PD’s most recent recruitment poster
everyone. You need to realize that you are not God, that
you are not king – that being police chief is a business of
“These are tough decisions,” Steckler said.
Just as tough as it will be, someday, for Steckler to step away
from law enforcement.
Along the way, Steckler has found time to co-author two
college textbooks: “Fundamental of Police Administration”
(1994) and “Written and Interpersonal Communication:
Methods for Law Enforcement” (2000).
If and when he does, he has a wife, Casey, and four
grown children to spend more time with – along with 10
Following his one-year stint as first vice president of the
IACP, Steckler expects to be elected president of the
organization at its gathering in San Diego in September
2012 – capping a storied career.
And there’s also his wife’s popular antique store, The
Iron Dog, in Fremont – as well as his beloved golf game.
Somehow, in between all his various duties, Steckler’s
chipped away to become a 13-handicap golfer.
As a respected statesman in California law enforcement,
Steckler said he will continue to preach the need for police
agencies to embrace technology and social networking
– but only when such technology is used as a two-way tool
for departments to better serve, and connect with, their
When asked how he wants to be remembered when his
career comes to an end, Steckler said that he often uses a
quote from “Mother Goose” to describe the Fremont Police
“We shouldn’t be behind the curve on this,” Steckler said.
“Good, Better, Best, never rest until your Good be Better
and your Better is your Best.” •
As for continued economic challenges, he said police
agencies need to get creative with their services and take a
hard look at which ones are vital.