Special Operations is comprised of several specialized units to include the Auxiliary Unit, Canine Unit, Explorer Unit, Motorcycle Unit, Neighborhood Services Unit, Reserve Unit, and Traffic Enforcement Unit.
Currently composed of four canine teams, the Canine Unit provides a specialized response to incidents where the deployment of a highly trained police dog is needed. The Canine Unit is used for the detection and apprehension of criminals, detection of narcotics, searches for lost children, explosives detection, and any other duties to support the community.
Currently composed of two motor units, the unit also has the primary responsibility of enforcing the traffic laws within the City of Woodstock. This unit focuses on motor vehicle speed enforcement, accident investigation and reduction, DUI enforcement, and traffic safety programs.
Neighborhood Services Unit
The Neighborhood Services Unit works with homeowner, civic, and business associations on issues that are specific to their area or industry. The unit works closely with the community to offer educational opportunities for the children of Woodstock (gang resistance education, bicycle safety, and “Stranger Danger” presentations) while also offering a range of adult oriented opportunities (Citizens' Police Academy). The unit also oversees the Explorer Unit and Auxiliary Unit.
Traffic Enforcement Unit
The Traffic Enforcement Unit has the primary responsibility of enforcing the traffic laws within the City of Woodstock. This unit focuses on motor vehicle speed enforcement, accident investigation and reduction, DUI enforcement, and traffic safety programs. This unit regularly conducts safety checkpoints throughout the city to ensure the safety of our motoring public through DUI reduction and safety belt surveys. The unit is very active with the Governor's Office of Highway Safety campaigns.
The Auxiliary Unit is a program which provides support and resources the Woodstock Police Department through community members who wish to volunteer their time and skills with the Woodstock Police Department.
The Exploring Program is an official program of the Woodstock Police Department, designed by the Boy Scouts of America / Learning For Life to show young men and women what a career in law enforcement is about.
The Reserve Unit allows certified police officers the ability to donate their time for city events throughout the year. Reserve officers are non-paid, sworn officers with arrest powers.