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Iowa City police hires new officer

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IOWA CITY (AP) -

The Iowa City Police Department swore in a new police officer.

Andrew Farrell, 29, was sworn in Thursday during a ceremony at Emma J. Harvat Hall.

Farrell has lived in Iowa City for nearly ten years, but he's originally from Des Monies. He graduated from Kirkwood College with an AAS in paramedicine in 2006.

Before joining the Iowa City Police Department he worked with the Johnson County Ambulance Service as a paramedic, since 2007.

Farrell has volunteered to work in disaster relief areas across the county to assist during the rebuilding process. He was in Haiti in 2009 to help with the earthquake aftermath, all over the course of his duty as a paramedic.

Farrell was hired to fill a vacancy created by personnel turnovers with in the police department.

On July 14, he will start the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy until graduation on November. Before his permanent assignment Farrell will participate in the Iowa City Police Department's field training program.

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