Aurora Police Chief Satisfied With Federal Review Of Henry Pratt Shooting

Bernie Tafoya
September 11, 2019 - 1:44 pm
Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman

WBBM Newsradio/Bernie Tafoya


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The head of the Aurora Police Department said she’s happy with the results of a federal review of her department’s handling of the mass shooting this year at the Henry Pratt Company.

Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman had requested that the Federal Emergency Management Agency assess how her department did that bloody day of Feb. 15. Five Henry Pratt Company employees were killed and one was injured by a disgruntled, fired worker and five police officers were injured.

“What I wanted was an honest, objective assessment about how we performed that day and what things that we needed to look at. And, absolutely, those things came out of that and they were small, but most certainly, that we’re going to shore up for the future,” Chief Ziman said.

The FEMA review pointed out the problems with having radio systems that weren’t compatible with other departments that joined in the effort, but praised the Aurora and Naperville officers for how their training made them prepared.

The chief said each team that went into a building had an Aurora police officer included so that there was an ability to maintain communications throughout. Still, she said there is an effort underway to find a “patch” so that everyone would be able to be on the same channel in situations like that.

On the preparedness front, Ziman said, “because we believe you play like you practice, we spend a lot of time practicing so that, if that day should come, and unfortunately it did, that we are going to stand at the ready and we’re going to be warriors and running towards it.”