Ottumwa Chief of Police Chad Farrington passes one year of service

Published: Aug. 25, 2021 at 8:41 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - One year has gone by since Ottumwa Chief of Police Chad Farrington took on his position as top cop.

This past year in his seat Farrington faced a pandemic and protests but also witnessed positive things happening in the city of Ottumwa.

Police Chief Chad Farrington says, “my biggest takeaway is the positivity that is buzzing around Ottumwa right now and I think there are good things ahead in our future.”

There have been community partnerships, but the newest partnership is with Southern Iowa Mental Health Center. Now, when police officers are called out to a scene, the officers can contact the mental health counselor for assistance if someone at the scene is in distress.

Farrington says, it has been a very positive undertaking. Mental health service is one thing they can better support the citizens with.

During his first year, protesters broke out all over the country following the death of George Floyd. While the protest across the country were violent, the protests in Ottumwa were peaceful. “We never had any violent protests or sudo riots in town or anything like that but I have nothing but positives to say about those individuals,” says Farrington.

Farrington’s goal heading forward is just to try and make things better and make improvements.

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