Woodbury Public Safety is a destination police department in the Twin Cities metro area. As a police officer, you will have the opportunity to effectively navigate your desired career path in a positive workplace culture, while being provided exceptional equipment, a variety of training opportunities, and robust wellness programs. Our police officers actively engage with community members and are well supported by our city leadership, department administration, and the community. Finally, the department encourages progressive thinking and a healthy work life balance across all ranks.
We believe a diverse workforce creates a better spirit of community, shared ideas and increased creativity. As such, we encourage applications from people of color, members of diverse gender identities, physical abilities, and other varied elements of identity and human experience, who may contribute to further diversification of ideas. Strategies to advance workforce equity benefit all employees and the organization as a whole. Open and inclusive employment practices and policies help attract and retain talented staff from all groups and help us respond appropriately to changing needs and goals in the community.
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For more information contact our recruitment team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call: Officer Karla Santos at 651-302-6316, Officer Ryan Brown at 651-302-1008 or Officer Ashley Kowarsch at 651-302-3009.
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Community Support Team
The Community Support Team’s mission is to provide focused efforts toward situations involving mental illness, substance abuse, and homelessness through early interventions, ongoing case management, and connections to resources.
Members of the team respond to in-progress mental health crisis calls and also follow up after a crisis situation has occurred. The Community Support Team works closely with Washington County’s Mobile Crisis Response Unit and other divisions of social services.
Crime Free Multi-Family Housing
The Crime Free Multi-Housing (CFMH) program is a partnership between the Public Safety Department, rental property owners and managers, and tenants. Officers work directly with the managers and tenants to build relationships, follow up on complaints, conduct premise surveys and provide training.
The officers maintain communication with property management to create a safe environment in multi-housing communities and work together to problem solve. Officers organize and participate in different community events to build and maintain trust within the multi-housing properties.
Department Instructor: Firearms
The firearms training group is responsible for providing instruction to all Woodbury police officers. The group provides both academy instruction to new officers as well as continued in-service training on all weapons platforms utilized by police officers. These systems include the duty pistol, duty rifle, Less-lethal shotgun platform and the 40mm launcher.
Department Instructor: Reality-Based Training
The Reality-Based Training (RBT) group facilitates realistic training scenarios for Woodbury police officers in a safe and constructive learning environment. RBT scenarios allow officers to apply and practice skillsets of decision-making, patrol tactics, effective communication, de-escalation, response to resistance and firearms in dynamic situations that mirror what they are likely to encounter working as a police officer.
The RBT instructor group conducts ongoing in-service training for existing Woodbury police officers and also facilitates scenario training for new officers during the Woodbury Police Department’s academy before they begin field training.
Department Instructor: Response to Resistance
The Response to Resistance group is responsible for delivering academy-level instruction to newly hired officers, as well as providing in-service training for members of the Woodbury Police Department. In addition to providing instruction in defense, arrest and control tactics, members of the group also oversee department instruction for intermediate weapons systems such as the taser, ASP baton and OC spray.
The role of a Police Explorer advisor is very rewarding. This specific role allows for the opportunity to work with and mentor youth interested in law enforcement. During each training session, a topic is identified such as traffic stop, domestic response, hostage negotiation, etc. The topic will be discussed, followed by hands-on scenarios and application of concepts learned.
Explorers then have the capability to compete with other exploring posts throughout the state at two annual competitions. This is a great role within the department and highlights working with a diverse and motivated group of young people within the community and surrounding cities in the metro area.
Field Training Officer
Field training officers provide hands-on training to probationary police officers as they begin the careers with Woodbury Police Department. The probationary police officer is paired with different full time officers during their training phase who are responsible for training the new officer on department policies, procedures and various other aspects of the job.
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Established in 2001, the K9 Unit has two dog/handler teams, with more positions anticipated in the near future. Both dogs, K9 Cirrus and K9 Ruby, are dual-purposed for patrol work and narcotic detection. K-9 Cirrus is a two year old Belgian Malinois and K-9 Ruby is a two year old Dutch Shepherd.
K9s are mainly utilized for their sense of smell, deploying for activities such as tracking, building searches and evidence recovery. K9s increase officer safety and have the ability to locate lost or vulnerable people.
The K-9 Unit builds positive relationships with the community through numerous public events such as Woodbury Days, Night to Unite, Movie in the Park and the Citizen’s Academy. They also participate in several outreach events like visiting each 5th grade class in Woodbury, community barbeques and charity drives. Any officer is welcome to receive training in working with the dogs and become a decoy for the program.
Mobile Field Force
Members of the Washington County Mobile Field Force Unit are officers who receive specialized training in civil disorder response, crowd control and anti-riot tactics. They respond to disturbances to protect both life and property and receive training in dispersing crowds/agitators as well as protecting legal rights during protest situations.
Reserve Officer Advisor
The Woodbury Police Reserve Unit is comprised of a mix of community members and prospective law enforcement candidates that assist sworn personnel with transporting prisoners, handling non-emergency calls for service, and attending community events, among other duties. The unit is headed by a patrol sergeant and several patrol officers who act as advisors for program.
Reserve advisors assist with general administration of the program (hiring, budgetary items, scheduling, etc.), planning and presenting training topics. They also act as mentors for the reserve officers through ride-alongs and by providing general career advancement advice.
School Resource Officer
More information coming soon!
The Washington County Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team is a support unit made up of law enforcement personnel. This specialized team is needed to respond to situations which require equipment and trained tactics which are beyond patrols capabilities. The SWAT Team responds to various amounts of missions each year, which include barricaded individuals, hostage rescue, dignitary protection, surveillance, and high-risk warrant service.