With a staff of 23 full-time officers and three part- time officers, LaFollette Police Chief Bill Roehl sought to make an improvement in the department’s shifts.

“Safety is a big thing for me,” said Roehl.

Officers had previously been working 12-hour shifts but with concern for his officers well-being Roehl sought to make a change. The change has officers working eight-hour shifts now. This gives the officers more time to rest between shifts allowing for better service, increased safety, address court time and overtime issues, said Roehl.  Currently there are three shifts with four officers per shift.

When asked how the staff is handling the change, Roehl said he was “overly blessed with his staff, they work hard and they’re good people.”