Hello! My Name is Heather Farrell and I am very excited to be part of the innovative Resident Officer Program of Elgin (ROPE). I am the new resident officer of 310 N. Spring Street. I began this position in ROPE in September 2013. My main focus is to provide a safe, quiet neighborhood to live in, reduce crime and to form solid community partnerships. I want to empower residents in my ROPE area to take ownership of their neighborhood and improve the quality of life through problem solving. As for me, I am a true Elginite. I attended Lords Park Elementary and grew up in Parkwood. I stayed in Elgin until I went to college at Western Illinois University, where I majored in Spanish. I lived abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico and Valdelavilla, Spain. Upon returning from school, I made my way back to Elgin where I have lived the last seven years in the northeast area, near the old Sherman Hospital. I have been an officer with Elgin Police Department for seven years. Prior to ROPE, I was on midnight patrol. I believe this to be the foundation of police work and it has made me a well-rounded, experienced, street familiar officer. I am bilingual in Spanish and am a juvenile officer as well. Being a resident of Elgin, I have spent quality time getting to know the community, both during work and off duty. I take pride in ownership of my home and improving the quality of life for myself, my family and my neighbors. Along the way, I have participated in city events like the Foxtrot, NeighborWorks, ROPE camp and National Night Out. I always strive to support city establishments anticipating them to succeed and flourish economically. I look forward to meeting you soon!