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
Email:

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

Congratulations to the 5th grade classes at LaFollette Elementary School and the 7th grade classes at LaFollette Middle School for graduation from the D.A.R.E. Program presented by the LaFollette Police Department. D.A.R.E.(Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is the highly acclaimed program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence. D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in 75 percent of our nation’s school districts and in more than 52 countries around the world. D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.

Media Release Law Enforcement combine together executing two simultaneously search warrants In the early morning hours of May 1, 2018 the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics Team, LaFollette Police Department Special Response Team and Agents with The Eighth Judicial District Drug Task Force, executed narcotic search warrants on two separate residences. During the investigations, Detectives with The LaFollette Police Department, Campbell County Sheriff’s Office and Agents with The Eighth Judicial Drug Task Force, worked together investigating individuals living at 121 Oxford Lane and 108 Oxford Lane LaFollette, Tennessee. During the investigation Detectives and Agents conducted controlled purchase of methamphetamine from each of the residences . During each search Detectives and Agents recovered methamphetamine and packaging material used to distribute. Detectives and Agents continued the search locating and seizing U.S.currency in each of the residences believed to be proceeds from the sale of methamphetamine sales. While present Detectives and Agents arrested David Gray 35, of LaFollette and Tonya Lawson 43, also of LaFollette, on two separate warrants. These investigations are still ongoing and will be presented to a Campbell County Grand Jury for consideration.

The next "Coffee with the Chief" will be held at Bojangles Restaurant in LaFollette on Tuesday May 15th from 7:30am to 8:30am. Chief Roehl will be there to discuss any areas of concerns, suggestions for improvements, or simply to acknowledge support for the department.

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LaFollette Police Department K9’s Diesel & Morris will receive bullet and stab protective vests thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9’s Diesel & Morris’ vests are sponsored by an Anonymous Sponsor and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Anne Cofrancesco”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,800 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.4 million dollars. The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate. The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718. Pictured: K-9 Officer Stephen Carroll With K-9 Morris and K-9 Diesel with a recent seizure from a narcotics investigation. K-9 Diesel’s handler Officer Matt Forsyth not pictured.

In our efforts to continually battle the drug problem in our community we are proud to announce that Sgt. Charles Duff has successfully completed the Drug Recognition Program through the Tennessee Highway Safety Office. Once trained and certified, DREs become highly effective officers skilled in the detection and identification of persons impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. DREs are trained to conduct a systematic and standardized 12-step evaluation consisting of physical, mental and medical components. The Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) program has received international acclaim for its success in identifying the drug-impaired individual. Although the focus of the DRE curricula is on the identification of the drug-impaired driver, DRE skills are applied to many different law enforcement activities. These activities include screening of any individuals who may be under the influence of drugs. DREs are frequently called upon to differentiate between drug influence and medical and/or mental disorders. The certified DRE is an extremely valuable tool for combating the adverse impact of drugs on the communities we serve. Sgt. Duff is the first Officer from the City of LaFollette Police Department to be accepted into and complete the DRE program.

LaFollette Police Department 's Special Response Team along with the 8th Judicial Drug Task Force and the Tennessee Highway Patrol executed a search warrant today 3/29/18 at residence located at 200 West Iron Street in LaFollette. The investigation is ongoing but involves the selling of schedule 2 Crystal Meth.

LaFollette Police Department 's Special Response Team along with the 8th Judicial Drug Task Force executed a search warrant today 3/23/18 at a residence, occupied by Edward Robinson and Sybil Brown , located at 912 East Central Avenue in LaFollette. The investigation is ongoing but involves the selling of schedule 2 Crystal Meth. Marijuana, suboxone, Xanax, Meth, personal property, and a vehicle were seized from that address. Also arrested was Maggie Deshay Kennedy who had a VOP and capias bench warrant. (Photos courtesy of WLAF)

LaFollette Police Department 's Special Response Team executed its second search warrant of the week, today 3/16/18 at a residence, occupied by Christopher Fontana, located at 708 East Beech Street in LaFollette. The investigation is ongoing but involves selling prescription medication including Suboxone and marijuana. Drugs, personal property, firearms and a vehicle were seized from that address and two persons were arrested inside the home. Christopher Fontana ‘s charges include: poss schedule 3, felony poss drug paraphernalia , poss of a prohibited weapon and poss of firearm during the commission of a felony, all within a thousand feet of a school zone. Also arrested was Carolyn Cornett who had a capias bench warrant. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED PHOTOS– 03/16/2018-7:30AM)

Lafollette Police Department 's Special Response Team assisted by the 8th Drug Task force executed a search warrant today 3/15/18 at a residence, occupied by Barbara Gross, located at 823 South 8th street in LaFollette. The investigation is ongoing but involves prescription medication including Opana and Oxycodone. Drugs, personal property and a vehicle were seized from that address.

The next "Coffee with the Chief" will be held at Katie's Restaurant in downtown LaFollette on Thursday March 1st from 7:00am to 8:30am. Chief Roehl will be there to discuss any areas of concerns, suggestions for improvements, or simply to acknowledge support for the department.

Update: February 13, 2018 at 6:55 pm, members of the LaFollette Police Department were alerted to a shooting incident, when a victim pulled into the parking lot at LPD and informed an officer that they had been shot. The victim Deborah Nelson of LaFollette had sustained a gunshot wound to the right hand and left forearm. At that point officers began first aid and upon arrival of the Ambulance Service the victim was transported to UTER for treatment. The incident occurred from what appears to be a domestic situation. It was determined that the suspect Kenneth Wayne Walden is in a relationship with the victim’s sister. The suspect encountered the victim while in separate vehicles near Claiborne road in LaFollette. Following the shooting the suspect left the scene. Later in the evening the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department observed the suspects vehicle around the Bethlehem community. When the suspect saw the county unit turn to approach him, he sped up and lost control of his vehicle in a curve and struck a tree. The suspect was transported the LaFollette Medical Center for treatment. After being released, he was transported to the Campbell County jail for booking. His charges include attempted murder, aggravated assault, 2 count of reckless endangerment, with additional charges pending. Chief Bill Roehl

For Media Release: This afternoon, February 13, 2018 at 6:55 pm, members of the LaFollette Police Department were alerted to a shooting incident when a victim pulled into the parking lot at LPD and informed an officer that they had been shot. The victim had sustained a gunshot wound to the left forearm. At that point officers began first aid. Upon arrival of the Ambulance Service the victim was transported to UT ER for treatment. The crime scene is currently being processed and investigators are speaking to possible witnesses. The suspect has been taken into custody and the name of the suspect and victim are being withheld pending further investigation. We will continue to provide up-dates as information becomes available about this shooting. Chief Bill Roehl

Update: Thanks to all the positive tips from LaFollette Citizens, runaway juvenile Catrina Coleman has been found safe and was taken into custody by LaFollette Police Officers.

Shelter opens today at 5 pm Former West La Follette School Dangerously cold temperatures that are here to stay for the rest of the week have prompted La Follette Mayor Mike Stanfield to take action. This afternoon at 5 pm, the West La Follette School aka the La Follette Community Center is opening its cafeteria to anyone needing a place to get in out of the cold. Food and water will be provided. The mayor tells WLAF that he will keep the shelter open for at least the next few days and nights. Temperatures in Campbell County dipped below freezing on Saturday night and are not expected to climb back above freezing until Sunday. In the meantime, sub-zero wind chills and single-digit night time temperatures are the order of the week. If where you are does not offer you sufficient heat or if you are homeless, you are encouraged go to the La Follette Community Center on West Beech Street to the back side cafeteria door. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/01/2018-1:30PM)

The LaFollette Police Department (LPD) is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to increase impaired-driving enforcement from December 13th - 31st, surrounding the holiday season. The THSO’s statewide Booze It and Lose It campaign is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over nationwide mobilization. Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of drunk driving, coupled with increased sobriety checkpoints and high visibility enforcement, aim to drastically reduce the number of drunk-driving crashes, injuries, and fatalities this year. LPD ask that everyone please drive responsibly this Holiday Season.

La Follette Police raid a home and make arrests La Follette Police and the department's tactical unit served warrants at a home on West Beech Street in the lunch hour this afternoon. More details on the bust that took place at a home across the street from the Co-op in La Follette are forthcoming. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED - 12/-8/2017-12:45PM)

We would like to congratulate LaFollette Police Officer Danielle Massengill who received the Tennessee Highway Safety Office "Municipal Officer of the Year" award. Sergeant Noah Riggs and Sergeant Leslie Bruce also received the "Beyond the Traffic Stop" award for going above and beyond on a recent traffic stop that lead to multiple charges and apprehension of a wanted fugitive out of Knoxville. We are proud of these Officers and honored to have them as part of the LaFollette Police Department.

The next "Coffee with the Chief" will be held at The Common Ground Coffee Shop in downtown LaFollette on Tuesday December 5th from 7:30am to 8:30am. Chief Roehl will be there to discuss any areas of concerns, suggestions for improvements, or simply to acknowledge support for the department.

“MAKE IT TO THE TABLE” Make It to the Table: Don’t Drink and Drive this Thanksgiving Eve The LaFollette Police Department supports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations “Make It to the Table: Don’t Drink and Drive this Thanksgiving Eve Campaign. As millions of Americans get on the roads to travel home and spend the Thanksgiving holiday reconnecting with friends and loved ones, the LaFollette Police Department is reminding them to: “Make It to the Table: Don’t Drink and Drive this Thanksgiving Eve.” The Wednesday night before Thanksgiving is a cultural phenomenon called “Thanksgiving Eve,” an evening associated with drinking and a big night for bars. From 2012 to 2016, more than 800 people died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period (6:00 p.m. Wednesday to 5:59 a.m. Monday), making it the deadliest holiday on our roads. Plan ahead and designate a sober driver before the first drink. Also, if you see a drunk driver on the road, contact the LaFollette Police Department or nearest law enforcement agency. Whether riding or driving; always wear your seat belt and remember drive responsibly this holiday season.

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)