Command Staff

 

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.


Captain George Bierwirth joined the Woodland Police Department as an officer on June 11, 1984. He was appointed to the rank of Corporal in January of 1989, promoted to Sergeant in October of 1995 and to Lieutenant in February of 2001.  As Lieutenant he has overseen both Patrol and Investigation Divisions.  He was promoted to Captain in November of 2010.

Captain Bierwirth attended St. Mary’s College in Moraga, and is a graduate of both the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, West Point Leadership Program of the Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. 
 

He has served as the Field Training Officer Supervisor and as Weaponless Defense Instructor, and he is a veteran of the California National Guard, having served from 1972-1978.


Lieutenant Derrek Kaff joined the Woodland Police Department as a patrol officer on July 17, 2000. He was appointed to the position of Corporal in August of 2002 and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in August of 2003 in the Patrol Division.  He has also served as the Professional Standards Division Sergeant, assistant team leader of the SWAT team, Bike Patrol Sergeant and is currently a Lieutenant in the Patrol Division. 

Lieutenant Kaff received a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Sociology from Arizona State University. He has also attended the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute graduating in March 2005. 

Lieutenant Kaff  is the SWAT Team’s Tactical Commander and is an instructor with the Department in a variety of training areas.


 

Lieutenant Anthony Cucchi joined the Woodland Police Department as a patrol officer on June 24, 1998, one week after graduating from the Sacramento Public Safety Center Basic Police Academy.  Lt. Cucchi has had assignments in Patrol; as a School Resource Officer; Bike Patrol and as assistant team lader on the SWAT team from 2001-2009.  He has been awarded with the 10851 pin and the Distinguished Unit Award with SWAT.  He was appointed to Corporal in January 2006 and promoted to Sergeant in July 2006.  Lt. Cucchi received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership at St. Mary's College in Moraga. 

Lt. Cucchi is currently assigned to the Investigations Division.  He has also served in the United States Army with assignments in Ft. McClellan in Alabama; Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia; Giessen, Germany; Ft. Hamilton, Brooklyn, NY; Bosnia and Ft. Hood, TX.   He was honorably discharged in March 1997.

Lieutenant Don Beal was hired as a Reserve Police Officer with the Police Department in February 1984.  In September 1984, at the age of 19, he was appointed to a full-time Police Officer position.

Lt. Beal started his career in the Patrol Division, has worked in Investigations Division, and in the Traffic Division, both as a motorcycle officer and supervisor of the unit.  He was the full-time DARE officer from 1998 to 2000.  He was appointed to Corporal in August 2000 and promoted to Sergeant in August 2001.

Lt. Beal is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Studies from Arizona State University.  He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.