Matthew Summers sworn in as new Freeport Police Chief

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FREEPORT, Ill. (WTVO) — The City of Freeport officially swore in Matthew Summers as its new Police Chief on Tuesday.

Freeport Police promoted from within to find the next person to lead the department.

Freeport Mayor Jodi Miller swore Summers in. He replaces former Chief Todd Barkalow, who retired over the summer.

Summers says he does feel some pressure to hold the high standards set by past leaders.

“Those officers that are there at the police department needing certain things from me so they can be successful. And that’s what’s most important to me is making sure that our guys and gals have what they need to be successful out there on the street.”

Summers is a 24-year veteran of the department, having worked in patrol, investigations, community policing, and administration.

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