Police Chief – Todd Barkalow
Chief Barkalow joined the Freeport Police Department in 1993 and was appointed to the position of Police Chief in May 2014. Prior to becoming Chief, he held several positions within the department including Patrol Officer, K-9 Handler, Street Crimes Investigator, Patrol Corporal, Community Police Officer assigned to bicycle patrol, Emergency Response Team Member/Team Leader, Patrol Sergeant, Operations Lieutenant, and Interim Chief of Police.
Chief Barkalow is a 1986 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education. From 1986-1992 he taught and coached at Dakota High School before being hired by the Stephenson County Sheriff's Department. Chief Barkalow graduated from the Illinois Police Training Institute in 1992, earning the Ervin H. Warren Award for Excellence. Chief Barkalow was hired by the Freeport Police Department in 1993. Since then, he has attended several training courses including Critical Incident Command, Supervision of Police Personnel, Leadership Development, and Community Policing.
During 2005-2006, Chief Barkalow volunteered for a Police Training Mission in Iraq. During that time he was assigned to the Sadr City District of Baghdad, Iraq. Chief Barkalow was attached with Coalition Forces and helped train the Iraqi Police.
Police Department Address: 320 W. Exchange Freeport, IL 61032
Freeport City Hall