Chief of Police
320 West Exchange Street
Freeport, IL 61032-4188
Mon – Fri 8:00 a.m –5:00 p.m.
For Emergencies: Dial 911
Non Emergencies: 815-235-8222
Detective Bureau: 815-235-8226
Juvenile Division: 815-235-8228
Records Bureau: 815-235-8229
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. He has attended several training courses including Critical Incident Command, Supervision of Police Personnel, Leadership Development, and Community Policing. In February 2015, he graduated from Northwestern University of Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command.
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
The Freeport Police Department’s mission is to provide and maintain a safe living and working environment for the citizens of Freeport through the reduction of crime and the protection of citizens through effective and efficient law enforcement.
- handles 35,000 incidents,
- files over 4,800 written reports,
- issues 3,000 traffic citations,
- files 1,000 accident reports,
- makes 2,800 arrests, and
- responds to over 4,000 9-1-1 calls
The patrol shifts work 12 hour tours of duty comprised of a Sergeant, a Corporal, and our patrolmen. Specialty positions within the department consist of:
- Canine officers
- Drug enforcement officers assigned to SLANT
- School resource officer
- Community Policing unit
The men and women of the Freeport Police Department are committed to providing efficient, professional police services to the citizens of Freeport, and are dedicated to promoting a partnership between the community and law enforcement that maximizes the strengths each has to offer in a concerted effort to reduce crime and minimize public safety risks.
The Freeport Police Department encourages members of our community to become involved in our efforts to prevent crime and resolve issues or problems of concern. Everyone plays an important part in helping to make our city safe, beautiful, and a great place to live, work, and play. If you have a tip, please contact the Freeport Police Department, Stateline Area Crime Stoppers, or Crime Stop of Stephenson County.
Thank you for your support of the Freeport Police Department. Without the commitment and partnership of our citizens, we would be ineffective in our mission
DID YOU KNOW?
The Freeport Police Department was started in 1883 with the first Police Chief being appointed at that time. Prior to that, from 1855 to 1883, Freeport’s law enforcement was an elected City Marshall. The department was originally located in City Hall and in 1975 moved to the current location, which was previously the location of the county jail and then the First Ward school.