Community Relations Bureau
The Community Relations Bureau is also responsible for all community outreach events, training, and media relations. The Community Relations Bureau is a newly formed bureau within the Woodland Police Department that houses the:
- Crime Prevention
- Homeless Outreach Street Team (HOST)
- School Resource Officers (SRO)
- Street Response Team (SRT)
- Traffic Division
Aside from the officers assigned to those teams, there is one Lieutenant, one Sergeant, and one Corporal in the Bureau.
Street Response Team (SRT)
The Street Response Team has three detectives that are responsible for violent criminal activity including gang crime, low-level drug complaints, and various problem-oriented policing projects that arise during the year. One of the detectives is assigned as a task force officer with ATF to act as a liaison between our agency and other federal agencies for enforcing violent crime.
Homeless Outreach Street Team (HOST)
The Homeless Outreach Street Team is comprised of two officers and one sergeant who also oversees SRT. HOST is responsible for all issues related to Woodland's homeless community. They engage in outreach, enforcement, education, clean-ups, and community engagement reference this topic. The officers have visited other agencies to identify best practices, implemented strategies to identify those primarily responsible for the criminal activity, built relationships with other stakeholders to clean up areas of concern, and gather data in an effort to best address the influx of homeless.
School Resource Officers (SRO)
There are three School Resource Officers (SROs) assigned to schools within the Woodland Joint Unified School District. They are responsible for all calls and incidents involving students while on school grounds. While responsible for typical calls for service at the campus, the SROs provide a much greater service. They conduct several educational classes each year, engage in after school sporting activities, work with WJUSD personnel to enhance campus safety, and participate in several outreach programs including Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) and Woodland Police Activity League events like Junior Giants and the 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.
Woodland Police Department has one Crime Prevention Specialist who is responsible for developing and promoting safety awareness and outreach programs. She works with community members to prevent or reduce crime through educational programs and building working relationships with police personnel. The specialist oversees our Neighborhood Watch program, National Night Out, NextDoor.com, and environmental assessments.