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New police chief in Belle Fourche gets ready

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With more traffic going through Belle Fourche, the town has seen a lot of changes. That's not the only change. Police Chief Rob Hansen is retiring and now Lieutenant Scott Jones is getting ready to take over.  

"It's a new challenge for me, being a street cop and then a supervisor and now sitting in the top chair," said Jones.

Jones says he wants to continue the positive work Chief Hansen set in place by hiring good officers and getting them out in the community. 

"We pull every business in town and require our officers to go into every single business and just sit down with them and kind of discuss how are things going. What can the police department do for you better," said Jones.

Mayor Gary Hendrickson says the town is in good hands with the police force.  

"They have been well trained and Chief Jones will step right in and take over and we'll keep proceeding ahead," said Hendrickson.  

When fully staffed the police department has 12 officers, and no investigators.  

"Our young officers to get the experience of investigating whatever comes their way so they can handle any case," said Jones.  

More cars are traveling through, which leads to more traffic stops. The population is also increasing.  

"I think any community that is growing, which we're one of the fastest growing communities in South Dakota, there's going to be growing pains that come along with that," said Hendrickson. 

Jones doesn't see that as a problem.

"So the challenges, I don't really look at them as challenges, more opportunities and the excitement of the growth and where Belle Fourche is headed," said Jones.

Jones has worked for the Belle Fourche police department for three years. He will start his job as Police Chief on July 2nd.

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