Kristen Ziman

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About me

Industry Law Enforcement or Security
Occupation Police Officer
Location Aurora, Illinois, United States
Introduction I am the Chief of the Aurora Police Department in Illinois. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Aurora University and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Boston University. I am a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Senior Executives in State and Local Government) and am a proud graduate of the FBI National Academy #249. I earned a 2nd Master's Degree in Homeland Security and Defense at the CHDS Naval Postgraduate School. I've been with the Aurora Police Department since 1991 where I started as a police cadet. During my 26+ year career, I've worked in various divisions including Community Oriented Policing, Domestic Violence Reduction Unit, Field Training and Patrol. Prior to my promotion to Chief, I served as the Patrol Commander and the Investigations Commander. My passion is public speaking and teaching. I helped found "Blue Courage" which is a 2 day training course for police officers (see
Interests Writing, Law Enforcement, Leadership Literature, Apple Products, Sarcasm, and people that make me laugh.
Favorite Movies Crash, Eulogy, Life is Beautiful
Favorite Music Folk, Classic Rock
Favorite Books The Four Agreements, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Man's Search for Meaning