ABOUT SPECIAL OPERATIONS
The Special Operations Division houses the Investigations and Gang Suppression Units. It is headed by an Investigations Lieutenant.
The Investigations Unit consists of a Detective Sergeant, 6 Detectives, a Community Service Officer (CSO), and a part-time Domestic Violence Advocate. The Unit's primary responsibility is the investigation of criminal cases that require more follow-up investigation or expertise than can be provided by the Patrol staff. These cases range from routine burglary investigations to complex fraud schemes and homicides.
The CSO assigned to Detectives provides administrative and clerical support while also managing the registration of sex offenders within Woodland.
The Gang Suppression Unit consists of a Gang Task Force Sergeant and two Gang Task Force Officers. The Unit focuses their investigations and enforcement activities toward street gang issues that arise within the Woodland Community. An additional aspect of the Unit's work, is to intercede with youth "at-risk" of becoming gang members. This aspect is accomplished through education of the youth, their families, community groups, and school officials.
Yolo County Narcotics Enforcement Team (YONET):
The Woodland Police Department assigns one officer to the Yolo Narcotic Enforcement Team (YONET). Team activities include drug seizures, weapon seizures, recovery of stolen property and even referrals to Child Protective Services to avoid leaving them in homes where drugs were being used or sold.
School Resource Officers (SRO's):
The Woodland Police Department provides a sworn officer to the Woodland Joint Unified School District as a resource to combat truancy and promote safety on school campuses. The School Resource Officer (SRO) conducts home visits with school officials to assess what services might be appropriate for a family dealing with truancy issues. Some services include Mental Health, Medical, Drug & Alcohol Counseling, Social Services and Child Protective Services. The SRO also participates in various school groups including Healthy Start and the Student Attendance Review Board, and investigates crimes on campus.
During the school year SRO Officers investigated cases involving petty theft, vandalism, drug possession, burglary, gang violence, traffic violations and collisions, vehicle theft, child neglect, abuse and molestation, threats against school officials, possession of explosives, trespassing, weapons violations, probation violations, missing persons and attempted suicide.