8 Police Officers and the Void they Leave

Effective January 1, 2011, we will lay off eight patrol officers – 8 members of our police family. These eight officers chose the noble profession of law enforcement believing that they would spend their careers with the Aurora Police Department. They have been members of our family for several years and there is no easy […]

Courage versus Bravery

There is no shortage of bravery in the Aurora Police Department. I have worked alongside of many men and women throughout my career who did not hesitate to run towards the sound of gunfire or to jump fences in pursuit of an armed suspect. I originally believed the law enforcement profession attracted these “fearless” individuals […]

Solution to Red Light Cameras: Don’t Run It!

When I first learned of our city’s implementation of red-light cameras, I was vehemently opposed. Not because I saw them as a revenue generator, as has been the main accusation against them, but rather, I saw them as taking away discretion from police officers. For example, if an officer pulls you over for a traffic […]

Stereotypes does cops disservice

I haven’t had my coffee yet so please bear with me as I spew forth some of my pet peeves through my lens as a police officer. As in many professions, I’m sure there are things that get under your skin as it pertains to your work at hand. For example, those who work for […]

The Dark Side of Facebook

I am the meanest mom on the planet. If you don’t believe me, ask my 12 year old daughter. She recently advised me that she is the only person at her middle school that doesn’t have a Facebook page. I found this difficult to believe and set out with a series of interrogating questions to […]

Don’t Over-Share!

*Appeared in the Sun-Times Beacon News The number of Facebook users has exceeded the United States population. The online social network is fast becoming the most powerful social interaction tool in the world. It closes the gap between friends and family from across the miles and allows us to get to know our neighbors a […]

Play Like You Practice

Before Jim Carrey catapulted to fame on the big screen he was a cast member on the sitcom, “In Living Color”. He portrayed a character named Fire Marshal Bill whose scarred face and safety advisories included demonstrating (usually on himself) the very disaster he was warning against. The slapstick comedy was a hilarious parody of […]

Two questions that can change your life from Daniel Pink on Vimeo.

A Little Empathy Goes a Long Way

My best friend’s father has owned a business in a surrounding city for nearly 30 years. Like many small businesses in this economic climate, he has been forced with the difficult task of closing his doors. With this comes the harsh reality of displacing his employees – one of whom has worked for him for […]

Going Above and Beyond

I know that Aurora Police officers provide excellent service to the citizens of Aurora on a daily basis. If you are rolling your eyes, perhaps you were the unfortunate recipient of a traffic citation or other incident of misfortune. Even so, I believe the majority of the police officers you encounter are polite and professional […]