Police Department History

The Rochelle Police Department History Pages are dedicated to those who have protected and served the citizens of the City of Rochelle throughout the years. It is meant to provide a picture and informational history of the Rochelle Police Department including highlights and rosters throughout the years.

We are seeking to always update these pages when new pictures, information, and historical facts come to our attention. If you have anything that might be of assistance to us in researching our department's history, such as old police pictures, old department rosters, old stories, etc., please contact us! E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

At the present time only a limited amount of historical information and pictures are available. Hopefully in the near further more updates will be coming as we obtain more pictures and historical information.

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Rochelle Police Patches used over time.

1940's

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1948 Photo: Charles B. Allen, Chief Jack Knicely, Ronald Hansen

1950's

1950s

Troy Spencer, Oliver Sitler, Grant Brown, Chief Charles Allen, Floyd Daub, L.W. Cupp

1950s

Bob Myroth, Oliver Sitler, Chief Chuck Allen, Dale Meister, Floyd Daub, Irish O’Brien

1960s

1960s

Old radio room with unidentified radio operator

1960s

1968 Photo Officer Wayne Watson

1970's

1970s

1970s

1970 photo. Pictured Left to Right: Tom Preston, Chuck Webb, Charles Lamb, Brian Maas, Jack Wells, Terry Whited, Winston Brass Seated: Chief Jerry Bratcher

1990's

1990s

1993 Photo Chief Winston Brass

1990s

Front Row Left to Right: Ken Woolbright, Ron Vandergrift, Evan Ruggeberg, Roger Johanning, Jimmy Combs, Rob Buck Second Row: Dave Christopherson, Michelle Caron, Julie Thruman, Debbie Dewey, Nancy Feldhaus, Joanne Peters, Melinda Davis Third Row: Jack Wells, Barry Hachmeister, Tom Preston, Bill Tracey, Russ Kelly Fourth Row: Danny Myroth, Keith Haggestad, Wayne Watson, Rick Olson

1990s

1995 Department Photo. Front Row Left to Right: Melinda Davis, Michelle Caron, Javier Alanis, Julie Thruman, Jodi Kaalaas Second Row: Rob Buck, Wayne Watson, Joanne Peters, Al Gorr, Tom Preston, Bill Tracey, Evan Ruggeberg Third Row: Ron Vandergrift, Jimmy Combs, Roger Johanning, Tony Cargola, Matthew Fischer, Deb Dewey Fourth Row: Dave Groberski, Russ Kelly, Barry Hachmeister, Dave Christopherson, Ken Woolbright, Tim Huycke

2000's

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2002 Department Photo. Front Kneeling: Deb Dewey (left), Eric Higby (right) Second Row: Sandy Sullivan, Ken Woolbright, Rob Buck, Ron Vandergrift, Bill Tracey Third Row: Julie Thruman, Tony Milburn, Jeff Leininger, Terry Inman, Dave Christopherson, Jason Bergeron, Rene Smith, Chad Capes Fourth Row: Paul Mott, Aaron Rodabaugh, Roger Johanning, Jimmy Combs, Phil Frankenberry, Jay Ball, Rich Wilkinson, Jerry Wodka, Chris Cox

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2006 Department Photo. Front Row: Bill Haan, Sandy Sullivan, Eric Higby, Rob Buck, Jeff Leininger, Jason Bergeron, Phil Frankenberry, Olaf Second Row: Rene Smith, Dave Hamling, Julie Thruman, Cory Beck, Luisa Nambo, Tony Milburn Third Row: Emily Anderson, Terry Inman, Jim Gilliam, Chet Smith, Roger Johanning, Joey Johanning, Jason Goodwin Fourth Row: Matt Wittenberg, John Kaltenbach, Aaron Rodabaugh, Kevin Lindquist, Brian Albers, Dave Christopherson, Tyler Burgess, Andrew Mundt