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Chief Fred Farris began his career in 1990 with the Kansas City, MO Police Department and served several assignments including Metro Patrol Division, Street Narcotics Unit, North Patrol Division, and the Traffic Enforcement – Motorcycle Unit.
In 1995 he moved to the Lenexa, KS Police Department and was promoted to sergeant in 2005. During his time with Lenexa PD he worked Patrol, Traffic Enforcement Unit, Directed Patrol Unit and supervised the Directed Patrol Unit before building and supervising the agency’s first Training Unit in 2012. In 2016 he was transferred to the Investigations Division until his retirement in 2017. Chief Farris served 20 years on the Lenexa Tactical Unit, supervising the team for 10 years and is currently the Board of Directors President for the Kansas City Metro Tactical Officers Association. In August of 2017, he was appointed the Police Chief for the City of Goddard, KS.
Chief Farris has served on several committees and work groups to include the PERF Taser Policy Guideline committee, the NTOA SWAT Standards committee and NIJ Technical Working Groups on Excited Delirium, SWAT Technology and Equipment, and Tactical Operations Mission Assessment. He is a member of the International Law Enforcement Forum and has been an instructor for the National Tactical Officers Association for 12 years.
Chief Farris and was the author of the Law Enforcement Mutual Aid laws that were passed in Kansas and Missouri and was a member Law Enforcement and Training and Exercise subcommittees as well the Terrorism Early Warning System Advisory Board and for the Mid America Regional Council. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Park University and is a Certified Public Manager from the University of Kansas.