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)
- Traffic Unit
Aside from the officers assigned to those teams, there is one Lieutenant and two Sergeants in the Bureau.
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.
The Woodland Police Department has one Motor Sergeant, three motor officers, and two part-time parking enforcement officers. The motor officers respond to most traffic collisions when community service officers are not available or when there are injuries related to the collision. The motor officers enforce traffic laws, work closely with city traffic engineers, provide education to the public on safe driving, teach the Impact Teen Driver Class for new teenage drivers and parents with the California Highway Patrol, and are subject to call-out for major traffic collisions involving serious injury or death.
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.