It matters to the ones we save

Appeared in the Beacon News on Sunday, December 13, 2009 Columnist Kristen Ziman As you may have heard, due to the financial times we are all currently experiencing, the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program has been suspended as a cost saving measure by Aurora Police. Since the announcement went public, many have asked me […]

Indifference Could Result in the Demise of Community

*Appeared in the Sun-Times Beacon News on Sunday, November 16, 2009 Indifference may very well be the plague that eventually leads to our demise. The worse words strung together in the English language to form a sentence are: I – don’t – care. Of-course I’m not suggesting that those words aren’t appropriate as the answer […]

Officers Debate Supporting Comrades who Commit Crimes

*Appeared in the Beacon News on Sunday, November 1, 2009 You probably heard about the Chicago police detective who was involved in an off-duty car accident last April that resulted in the deaths of two young men on the Dan Ryan Expressway. The detective was allegedly drunk behind the wheel and was charged with reckless […]

Fighting Crime with Compassion, Courage

Fighting crime with compassion, courage Appeared in the Sun-Times Beacon News on October 18, 2009 When I was new to the Aurora Police Department and riding with my field training officer, we responded to a domestic violence call just as our day shift was beginning. We discovered that the victim’s ex-boyfriend had kicked in her […]

Squad cars at schools a sign of relief, not crime

Appeared in the Sun-Times Beacon News on Sunday, September 20, 2009 At a recent social event, an acquaintance of mine told me she would not send her children to an east side school (that shall remain nameless) because of its crime problem. Knowing a little about the subject matter, I was confident the school she […]

Smart Power

Published in the Sun-Times Beacon News on August 23, 2009 In a recent speech, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked about foreign policy and the security of America under our new leadership. In that speech, she used the term “Smart Power”, vowing to utilize the “full range of tools” at our disposal to become partners […]

Start a Movement

*Printed in the Sun-Times Beacon News on Sunday, August 9, 2009 It takes just seven people to start a movement. For example, if I alone were to stop on the street and look up at the sky, those passing by will continue on with nary a thought about what I’m doing. If two more people […]

Crime Prevention Begins with Deterring Unlawful Opportunists

*Appeared in the Beacon News on Sunday, July 26, 2009 I’m generally not one to blame the victim. In fact, I have a strong belief in responsibility and accountability when it comes to the choices people make in life. By that, I mean an open garage door should not entice a criminal to help himself […]

Move over Spidey, Aurora crimefighters use a different web

While I was “twittering” what I was having for breakfast one morning, I stumbled across police departments that use Twitter to keep their citizens updated on crime trends and other topics. I quickly went to my “Facebook” page to report my findings so all my friends would be privy to my discovery. I then found […]