Office of the Chief
The Chief of Police (COP) is the highest-ranking officer in the Police Department. It is the job of the Chief of Police to plan, organize and direct the activities of the Police Department. Under general direction provided by the City Manager, the COP exercises the direct and indirect supervision over sworn and non-sworn staff. Luis Soler is the Chief of Police for the Woodland Police Department.
The essential job functions of the COP include but are not limited to:
- Plans, organizes and directs the activities of Police Department in the maintenance of law and order within city limits
- In consultation with the City Manager and City Council, assures that the department has adequate resources to fulfill its mission through proper budget planning and execution, personnel selection, and training and development
- Ensures compliance with legislative, regulatory and judicial mandates, regulations and professional standards
- Prepares and presents reports to Council; provides technical and professional advice and recommendations related to levels of service and other related matters; coordinates special studies on a variety of complex problems which require a high degree of technical competence and political awareness
- Assures that positive public relations and effective working relationships are maintained by the Department with the general public, other governmental agencies, the City Council, City departments, and the media
The Woodland Police Department currently has 64 sworn officers, 15 non-sworn support personnel and 4 part time non-sworn employees for a total of 83 department members.