The Investigations Bureau conducts follow-up criminal investigations on all felony and select misdemeanor crimes reported to the Police Department. Typically, a uniformed police officer responds to a call for service and prepares a police report which may require follow-up investigation. A Police Investigator is then assigned to conduct the follow-up, often requiring many hours of investigation before an arrest is made or a case is closed.
The Investigations Bureau consists of one Lieutenant who is the Bureau Commander, one Sergeant, one Senior Detective, six Detectives, and one Community Service Officer.
Police officers assigned to the Investigations Bureau are provided additional training in order to prepare them for a specific investigative assignment. Considerable cross training is required so Investigators can be temporarily assigned to any type case when additional resources are needed.
Crime Analysis Unit
The Crime Analysis Unit focuses on tracking crime within the City. A key area of analysis is gang activity. The unit tracks gang associations and activities and uses this data to identify key players and their associates.
The Crime Analysis Unit works closely with other allied agencies such as Yolo County Probation, State Parole and the California Youth Authority to monitor the status of individuals under their supervision. This networking function expands the Department's pool of information regarding known offenders with a history of violence and provides valuable gang intelligence on those returning from confinement. The Unit, consisting of a Crime Analyst and a part-time Community Services Officer, compile the data necessary for the department's weekly Compstat (short for computer statistic) meeting.
Yolo County Narcotics Enforcement Team (YONET)
The Woodland Police Department assigns one officer to the Yolo Narcotic Enforcement Team (YONET). Team activities include drug seizures, weapon seizures, recovery of stolen property and even referrals to Child Protective Services to avoid leaving them in homes where drugs were being used or sold.