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Cdr. Daniel J. Godsel

Cdr. Daniel J. Godsel

Commander of the Education & Training Division of the Chicago Police Department

A 25-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department (CPD), Cmdr. Daniel J. Godsel, 47, is currently serving as the Commander of the Education & Training Division.

A native of St. Thomas More Parish on the Southwest Side, Godsel currently resides on the Northwest Side of the city with his family, he said. He is a graduate of Quigley South High School and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Godsel also holds a master’s degree in public safety administration from Lewis University.

Godsel joined the police department in 1991, he said. During his career, he has served in the 21st, 25th, 12th, 2nd, 11th, 022nd, and 009th Districts and has also received assignments with the Central Control Group, Education and Training, Mobile Strike Force and the Area 3 Saturation Team. Before his promotion to Commander of the 22nd District, Godsel said, he was in the 25th District as the Tactical Lieutenant.

 “My big focus is to make inroads with the community,” he said. “The goal is always to have zero crime; even though it’s not completely realistic, that’s the goal we’ll be working toward.”

When he’s not working or spending time with his family, Godsel said, he is an avid reader, runner, and triathlete. He frequently bikes the North Branch of the Chicago River, he said and completed an Iron Man triathlon in Sandusky, Ohio, last year.

Godsel is also an accomplished artist who has been featured in a number of Chicago newspapers. His work includes oil and watercolor representational paintings and silverpoint drawings, he said and has been exhibited in numerous juried shows in and around Chicago.


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