One of the many reasons Aurora Crony Cop Kristen Ziman is incompetent, not simply unethical, unprofessional or associated with the corrupt, is because of fundamental and critical mistakes in policing policy and leadership.
Kristen believes the police are a substitute version of the military and gets goose bumps over terms like warriors, commanders, gladiators and always wants to fight.
Her most recent hero was the lying cop Joe Gliniewicz from Fox Lake.
This warrior cop strategy works in certain situations but not for the bulk of interactions or creating trustworthy relationships with the public.
Aurora has several good cops, some not so good (aka "bad") ones.
We know who some of them are, based upon feedback from the public but also from APD officers who work with them and know what really goes on.
We know some of the bad ones have been elevated in various ranks.
Leaving aside why we need to use military ranks like "commander" in a local police department, we don't want to generalize the APD because we know it depends on who gets the call, who is making the decision.
Same exact situation may be handled different by two people.
It's easy to judge in rear view why this or that went wrong but we are also aware there are both many good deeds not rewarded and many bad deeds unpunished.
There are even cops doing good things that are punished, as odd as that may seem.
When the APD is smart enough to rid themselves of backward thinkers like Kristen Ziman and Joe Groom, change from a military mindset, stop misleading the public with fake crime stats, pushing bonus schemes, calling a 150% increase in shootings as an "uptick," telling people to call 911 as a solution or saying idiotic things like "let's be gladiators" perhaps a new leadership, new attitude can shed the military labels, develop and implement a serious plan with measurable results, become partners with the community and together root out the problems, force the next mayor to fix the underlying policies that have created chronic crime and really turn Aurora around so the $163 million police palace can be transformed into a symbol of trust and respect instead of its current radioactive reminder of crime and corruption.
We need good police officers ready to strike in an emergency or crisis, take risks and be willing to protect all of us but we need to do from a foundation of trust, which doesn't exist thanks to failed leadership that can be traced back to the corrupt mayor. We need those reactive situations to be the exception, not the rule and we need problems addressed from the core instead of good cops having to play whack-a-mole every weekend.
We don't need a police leadership that is about who's related to whom, who plays politics with the cronies, who knows how to spin.
By the way, how many people related to Kristen Ziman and Joe Groom have been on the APD payroll at one time or another? 4, 5, 6, 7? If the answer is above 2, then that should be a sign of why this police department has never been allowed to succeed on merits, metrics and regardless of who's who.
We need leadership that solves and ends problems, not just manages them and will empower officers across all levels to do the same with the confidence that if you do the right thing, we will back you up 100% and the entire city is with you.
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