Woodland Police Officers, 1935
The Woodland Police Department was created with the election of a City Marshall in 1871, just after the City of Woodland was incorporated.
The first Marshall elected was John D. Lawson, who received a salary of $1000 per year. In 1874 a night watchman was elected to assist the Marshall. This position, later know as a policeman, was primarily for “traffic enforcement” of horses, mules and wagons in downtown.
Officer Larry L. Sills
On June 7, 1945 while pursuing a suspect vehicle, he hit a patch of loose gravel and lost control of his motorcycle. Hospitalized as a result of the injuries he sustained, he passed away on June 13. Officer Sills was survived by his wife, Lucinda Messick, and two daughters: Nancy Rogers and Sue Goodall.