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Chief Dan Bellini has been with the Woodland Police Department since 1985. He began his career assigned to the Patrol division and subsequently was assigned the position of K-9 officer. He was later assigned to YONET, a countywide task force responsible for investigating mid to high range narcotic dealers in the Yolo County area. As a Sergeant, he was responsible for supervising the Department's Gang Task Force as well as the Department's Problem Oriented Policing Team (POP team). As Captain, he oversaw the Patrol Division.
In 1995 and 1999, he was the recipient of the Ben Ali Jay Reynolds Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement; in 1997 he was selected as the department's Officer of the Year by his peers.
He completed his West Point Leadership Program in 2001 and was a graduate of the 213th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He graduated in 2006 with Class 39 of the Law Enforcement Command College through the State of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.
Chief Bellini graduated with honors from the University of California at Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics. Additionally, he received a Master's degree in Biological Science with a concentration in Molecular Biology from California State University at Sacramento.
Chief Bellini assumed the position of Interim Police Chief in July 2010 and was officially promoted to Police Chief in October 2010. In July 2011 Chief Bellini was appointed as Public Safety Chief which now includes oversight and management of the Fire Department.