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Officer Bechel ready to serve Roberts community

Kali Bechel started this month as the new full-time police officer for the Village of Roberts. (Photo by Jason Schulte)

Kali Bechel saw herself as a police officer when she was younger.

“I’ve always been interested in it since I was a little kid,” she explained. “I wanted to make a difference.”

Bechel worked in Stanley, Hammond and Ellsworth before starting with Roberts Police in March as a part-timer. Her time there was short as she was promoted to full-time, which became official May 1.

When offered the full-time position, Bechel remembers she didn’t need long to respond.

“I don’t think he (Chief Aaron McWilliams) finished what he was saying before I said yes, I’ll take it,” she said.

So far, Bechel has enjoyed her time in Roberts.

“I love the community and the people I work with,” she said. “It’s a great department. I also love how close it is to my house (less than 20 minutes).”

Bechel is a 2010 graduate of Spring Valley. She was able to graduate early there and jumped at the opportunity to start her college education.

“I was done with school on Friday,” she said. “And I started college (at Chippewa Valley Technical College) on a Monday.”

She started in Stanley in 2013 with stops in Hammond and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office where she was a full-time jailer/dispatcher.

Being a dispatcher didn’t suit her interests, so she resigned and became a part-time jailer/deputy before coming to Roberts.

“You never know what you’re going to get,” she said, about being a police officer. “For example, my first hit-and-run was here in Roberts. It all depends on timing.”

When not on patrol, Bechel enjoys snowmobiling, hunting, fishing and working on vehicles.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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