La Follette Police Department

  • Agency: La Follette Police Department
  • Address: 215 South Tennessee Avenue, La Follette, 37766 TN
  • Chief: Ben Baird (Chief of Police)
Phone: (423) 562-8331
Fax: (423) 562-4281

La Follette Police Department is located at 215 South Tennessee Avenue, La Follette, 37766 TN. The Chief of Police of the department is Ben Baird. The La Follette Police Department phone number is (423) 562-8331.

La Follette Police Department News

IT’S BIG CREEK ATV FALL FESTIVAL WEEKEND Portion of East Central Avenue closed on Saturday 3rd annual Big Creek ATV Fall Fest Let’s pass along to you that a section of East Central Avenue in La Follette will be closed on Saturday for the third annual Big Creek ATV Fall Festival. From Stop Light 7 (Tennessee Avenue) to Stop Light 9 (Indiana Avenue) East Central Avenue will be shut down from 6 am Saturday to approximately 10 pm Saturday night. LPD Officers will direct you around via the detour. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/13/2017-11AM)

The next "Coffee with the Chief" will be held at THE ROYAL on North Tennessee Avenue in LaFollette Thursday September 21st from 7:00am to 8:00am. Chief Roehl will be there to discuss any areas of concerns, suggestions for improvements, or simply to acknowledge support for the department.

LaFollette, Tennessee: September 8, 2017 Today, in our effort to continue to impact the drug activity in LaFollette, the LaFollette Police Department’s Drug Unit and (SRT) Special Response Team executed a search warrant on the residence located at 605 South 13th Street inside the City of LaFollette. During this operation, the team located suboxone, methamphetamine, and multiple types of drug paraphernalia. Taken into custody were, Paxton Long, a white female, 19 years of age and Allie McKinney also a white female, age 18. Both are currently being charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of Schedule II drugs. Other charges are still pending as a result of this operation. Chief Bill Roehl said, “I expect our community will see more operations like this as we move forward in addressing the drug activity in LaFollette”.

The LaFollette Police Department is asking for help in locating a missing Campbell County man. Roman Keith Wright, 42, of LaFollette, was last seen or spoken to while located at a residence on Bethlehem Rd. in LaFollette on June 28, 2017. Family members believe no one has seen or spoken with him since this time. Wright is 5'10" tall and weighs 150 pounds has brown hair and brown eyes and usually wears a goatee and mustache. Wright is entered into NCIC as a missing person, if you have any information about Wright's whereabouts, you are ask to call the LaFollette Police Department at (423) 562-8331.

Today, the LaFollette Police Department’s Drug Unit and (SRT) Special Response Team conducted raids on two (2) houses within the LaFollette City limits. The locations of these drug houses were 367 Demory Road and 701 West Forrest in LaFollette. The following individuals were taken into custody: Names and Charges: Nathan James McBride Felony Poss. Drug paraphernalia/Possession schedule II Maggie D. Kennedy Drug paraphernalia/Possession schedule II Angela D. Compton Violation of Probation/ Drug paraphernalia Everett L. Smith Drug paraphernalia Caleb Bolton Drug paraphernalia Wayne E. Byrd Capias Bench Warrant/ Drug paraphernalia Melba J. Wilson Outstanding warrants/Drug paraphernalia Gary Leach Poss. Sch. II for resale/Poss. Sch. II/Poss. Sch. III/Poss. Sch. VI/Felony Drug paraphernalia Joanne M. Davis Poss. Sch. II for resale/Poss. Sch. II/Poss. Sch. III/Poss. Sch. VI/Felony Drug paraphernalia Drugs and cash yielded from these locations include, $1900 cash, Approximately 54 grams of crystal ice methamphetamine, Oxycodone, suboxone, marijuana, large amount of drug paraphernalia. Chief Bill Roehl said, “Today’s raids along with the methamphetamine lab hit yesterday located at 311 West Avenue in LaFollette proved to be three (3) successful operations for the LaFollette Police Department. It is the continued goal of our officers to actively impact the drug activity within our community. Our citizens can expect that more operations like these will occur in the future.”

LaFollette Police Department Discovered a meth lab at 311 West Avenue in LaFollette. Officers also discovered approximately 16 grams of methamphetamine during the investigation. The following individuals were arrested and transported to the Campbell Campbell Sheriff's Office for booking. Melinda Bunch Chad Robbins Kerry Carson

July 26, 2017 On July 25, 2017, Detectives with the LaFollette Police Department conducted an undercover prostitution sting in the downtown area of LaFollette. This operation was in response to multiple complaints concerning the on-going of solicitation for prostitution. During the operation, the following subjects were arrested and transported to the Campbell County Jail. • Rachell Ann Gardner -charged with prostitution, possession of schedule II methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. • Brandy Marie Wilson - charged with prostitution. • Jessica Lynn Morgan - charged with prostitution, possession of schedule II, possession of drug paraphernalia. The LaFollette Police Department plans to continue to conduct these types of operations in the future. While this particular operation targeted the prostitutes, future operations will also target those soliciting the services of the prostitutes.

DON'T FORGET to stop by Hardee's 7:00 to 8:30 this morning for "Coffee with the Chief". Chief Roehl will be there to discuss any areas of concerns, suggestions for improvements, or simply to acknowledge support for the department.

This is a Reminder that the next "Coffee with the Chief" is scheduled for this Thursday, July 20th 7:00am-8:30am at Hardee's in LaFollette.

The LaFollette Police Department is asking for your help finding a missing man who is cognitively impaired and has anxiety. Brent Anthony Briggs, 44, of Farmington Hills, MI was last seen at Tennova Medical Center in LaFollette on June 11 at 4:00 p.m. Briggs is approximately 6'3" tall and weighs about 190 pounds. He has dark brown hair and brown eyes. Briggs is entered into NCIC as a missing/endangered person, if you have any information about Briggs' whereabouts, your are asked to call the LaFollette Police Department at (423) 562-8331.

LaFollette Police Department starts “Coffee with the Chief” Program Starting in July, LaFollette Police Chief Bill Roehl will be starting his Coffee with the Chief program. The "Coffee with the Chief" program allows for a one-on-one conversation between members of the community and the Chief to promote a stronger relationship between the Police Department and those it serves. It is intended to create a more relaxed atmosphere to casually discuss any areas of concerns, suggestions for improvements, or simply to acknowledge support for the department. This event will be held monthly at various spots throughout the City of LaFollette from 7:00am-8:30am. The location will be listed on the LaFollette Police Department’s Facebook page along with WLAF’s Facebook page and website. Posted below are the first two locations, dates and time. Come join us if you can! Katie’s Restaurant Thursday, July 6th 7:00am-8:30am Hardee’s Thursday, July 20th 7:00am-8:30am

(Pictured: Chief Bill Roehl with IACP President Donald De Lucca and IACP Deputy Executive Director Terrance Cunningham) Members of the LaFollette Police Department recently participated in the 2017 International Association of Chiefs of Police Listening Tour held in Franklin, Tennessee. The session focused on the changing complexities and dynamics confronting law enforcement. Chief Roehl, Lieutenant Brian Tiller, and Detective Sergeant Josh Hill along with other members of various law enforcement agencies presented representatives of IACP with pressing issues encountered by our police officers. The International Association of Chiefs of Police Listening Sessions are occurring across the United States and the Caribbean, during the Spring and Summer of 2017. The International Association of Chiefs of Police mission is dedicated to advancing and promoting the law enforcement profession and protecting the safety of law enforcement officers. Drawing on the expertise and experiences of its membership and professional staff, the IACP serves the profession by addressing cutting edge issues confronting law enforcement though advocacy, programs and research, as well as training and other professional services. Solutions emerging from the 2017 listening sessions will serve to guide the actions of the IACP and its members over the next several years.

Congratulations to LPD Officer Aaron Adkins who graduated from Walter State's East Tennessee Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy. Job well done.

On Tuesday evening Chief Roehl along with Mayor Michael Stanfield presented plaques to several business owners and individuals who donated to the LaFollette Police Department K-9 program. The donations given were used to purchase items for training along with materials and labor to construct a kennel used to house the Police K-9 (Tiebo) when not on duty. Those recognized were: Raymond Henson with Dixie Concrete, Michael Malicoat with Dixie Roofing, Alex Roehl with Morristown Roofing, David Smith with Smith's Metal Sales, Daniel Terry, Lowe's (Clinton Hwy) and Capt. Steve Wallen with the LaFollette Police Department. Pictured with those recognized is LPD Officer Stephen Carroll with his K-9 partner Tiebo.

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. We take time this week to remember those who have gone before us, let us also take the opportunity to honor the dedication and daily commitment of the men and woman of law enforcement to keeping our communities safe.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 4, 2017 Chief Bill Roehl 423-562-8331 LAFOLLETTE POLICE DEPARTMENT INCREASES SEAT BELT ENFORCEMENT DURING NATIONAL “CLICK IT OR TICKET” MOBILIZATION LAFOLLETTE, TN – As summer kicks off and families hit the road for vacation, LAFOLLETTE POLICE DEPARTMENT is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to remind motorists to “Click It or Ticket.” From May 22 to June 4, participating agencies across the state will increase seat belt enforcement as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) nationwide mobilization. “We are asking our community to help us during this safety campaign," says Chief Bill Roehl. “It’s important that everyone buckle up every time they go out, both day and night. In the past, far too many motorists have been seriously injured or killed for failing to buckle up. Let’s work together to keep the City of LaFollette and all of Campbell County safe." According to Tennessee’s Integrated Traffic Analysis Network (TITAN), 349 people killed in Tennessee traffic crashes last year were not wearing a seat belt. This represents approximately 34 percent of the state’s total traffic fatalities in 2016. Although the state’s average seat belt usage rate increased from 86.2 percent in 2015 to 88.95 percent in 2016, Tennessee is still nationally classified as a “low use” state. In 2017, the THSO strives to change this by achieving 90 percent or higher. “Our goal is to prevent fatalities and keep the roadways safe,” said Vic Donoho, Director of the THSO. “We ask every Tennessean to buckle up, every trip, every time.” According to the NHTSA, nearly half of the 22,441 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2015 were unrestrained. At night from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 57 percent of those killed. Therefore, the primary focus of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement. In Tennessee, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is $50.00. For more information about seat belt safety or the THSO, visit

On behalf of the LaFollette Police Department, we would like to welcome our new Police Chaplains, George Asbury (on the left) and Duane Mills (on the right), pictured with LaFollette Police Chief, Chief Bill Roehl.


Around 1:55 this afternoon the LaFollette Police Department received a report of a large tree falling across South Tennessee Avenue around Linden Circle. The large tree cut power lines and landed on top a small SUV with 4 passengers traveling south bound. None of the passengers inside the vehicle were transported to the hospital but were treated on scene by first responders. Shortly after receiving the first call a second call came in reporting that a single vehicle had wrecked on Loop Road and Lakeshore Drive. The vehicle had cut a utility pole in half and lines were down across the road. Only the driver was inside the vehicle and he was transported to the LaFollette Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries. The LaFollette Ulilities are on scene of both accidents and are working to restore power. The report from Comcast is that service will be out for approximately 6 hours. Please use caution when traveling in the immediate area of South Tennessee and Linden circle.