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John Farrell


John Farrell spent 41 years with the Chicago Police Department. He became a Chicago Police Officer on September 11, 1967 and spent two years working patrol and tactical unit duties.

Farrell was then promoted to detective on March 1, 1970 and spent eight years as a detective working burglary and the Central Investigation Unit (CIU), which targeted career criminals.

Once again, Farrell was promoted to sergeant on June 16, 1978 and was assigned to the Patrol Division Special Operations Group. He was reassigned to the Detective Division in 1979 and spent two years in the burglary sections, five years in the Central Investigation Unit and two years in the Violent Crimes.

On March 16,1988, Farrell was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to the Patrol Division. He was assigned as Commanding Officer of the Gun Task Force from 1991 to 1992. He was then reassigned to the Detective Division as Commanding Officer of the area homicide units throughout the city until 2006.

John Farrell was promoted to Captain on April 28, 2006 was assigned as a Patrol Divison Watch Commander until retirement on April 25, 2009.

Farrell was also in the U.S. Navy on active duty in 1965 and 1966 and reserve duty from 1966 to 1971. He received a B.A. in Sociology from DePaul University in 1979 and a M.S. in Public Administration from DePaul University in 1984. John Farrell attended the 122nd session of the F.B.I. National Academy.