Official website for the City of Aurora, Illinois. Mayor Robert J. O'Connor

Investigative Services Bureau Commander

Joseph J. Groom

Commander Joseph J. Groom


Commander Joseph Groom heads the Aurora Police Investigative Services Bureau, which encompasses the Investigations Division, the Special Operations Group, the Domestic Violence Reduction Unit, and the Evidence Section.

Born and raised in Aurora, Commander Groom graduated from Marmion Military Academy. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement Administration and History from Western Illinois University and also attended the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police.

Commander Groom became a police officer for the City of Aurora in 1989, was promoted to sergeant in 1998, became a lieutenant in 2002 and was promoted to commander in 2005. During this time Commander Groom served the department in Patrol, DARE, Firearms Instruction, the Field Training Officer program, the Gang Intervention Unit/Special Operations Group, Planning and Research and the Office of Professional Standards. Commander Groom also chairs the Employee Review Board and for twenty-one years he has served as a team member, team leader and commander for the Special Response Team.

His regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. He can be reached by phone at (630) 256-5710 or by email at