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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Chief Chat: Patrol division to work 12-hour shifts

  • News from the patrol division: The Rolla Police Department is a multi-faceted law enforcement agency with many divisions and assignments. Although all of them are very important to our mission, I consider the patrol division to be the backbone of the organization.
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  • News from the patrol division: The Rolla Police Department is a multi-faceted law enforcement agency with many divisions and assignments. Although all of them are very important to our mission, I consider the patrol division to be the backbone of the organization.
    The patrol division consists of uniformed men and women who handle a multitude of calls ranging from traffic accidents to armed robbery. They are the police officers you see in the marked black and whites making traffic stops, assisting ambulance and fire crews, responding to domestic violence calls, responding to bank alarms and patrolling our neighborhoods.
    Most new hires begin their law enforcement career in the patrol division after successful completion of an accredited law enforcement academy. Their duties will include working rotating shifts, holidays, nights and weekends.
    Some officers, after gaining training and experience, branch out to other specialty fields within the department such as criminal investigations, school resource, street crimes and narcotics.
    But several choose to remain in the patrol division where they have the opportunity to enhance their skills in units such as traffic, SWAT and K-9.
    They also have the opportunity for promotion within the division to the rank of senior patrol officer, assistant corporal, corporal and sergeant. These are supervisory positions and are afforded to those who demonstrate leadership, knowledge, courage and integrity within their divisions.
    Prior to this week officers in the patrol division worked eight-and-one-quarter-hour rotating shifts, rotating between days, evenings and midnights, every 28 days pay cycle.
    This past week the officers have elected to work 12-hour rotating shifts where they rotate between day shift and night shift. An example would be that day shift works from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and night shift works from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
    These shifts could rotate every 28 days, but at the time of this writing, the rotation schedule is still being determined.
    The advantage of the 12-hour shifts is that there will be more officers on the road per shift and their days off are more frequent.
    In order to accomplish the 12-hour shift rotation, we needed to increase our number of shifts from three to four, and to promote a sergeant, a corporal and an assistant corporal to supervise the new shift.
    Some of these promotions have taken place this week, and I am proud to announce that the City of Rolla has reposed special trust and confidence in the knowledge, courage, integrity and professional excellence of the senior patrol officers Jessie Hoyt and Kevin Ziegler.
    In view of these qualities and their demonstrated abilities as police officers and dedicated service to the policing profession, they are therefore assigned as assistant corporals, effective immediately. Congratulations to Jessie and Kevin!
    I am also proud to announce that the City of Rolla has reposed special trust and confidence in the knowledge, courage, integrity and professional excellence of Senior Patrol Officer Steven Gray and Assistant Cpl. Chris Giacolone.
    Page 2 of 2 - In view of these qualities and their demonstrated abilities as police officers and dedicated service to the policing profession, they are therefore promoted to the rank of corporal, effective immediately. Congratulations to Steve and Chris!
    In other patrol division news, we are losing another member of the Rolla police family with the resignation of Patrol Officer Todd Snyder. Todd came to the Rolla Police Department in May of 2013 after a lengthy career with the U.S. Marine Corps.
    Todd has decided to leave full-time law enforcement to seek an education. He will remain with us as a reserve officer. Good luck, Todd, and thank you for your service.
    Have a great week!

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