About the Winters Police Department
The Winters Police Department is a member of the Yolo Emergency Communications Agency (YECA), a joint powers agency that performs dispatching services. The Police Department combines proactive law enforcement techniques with a strong commitment to customer service. The Department is staffed with 11 sworn positions, consisting of a Chief, 3 Sergeants, 1 Detective/SRO and 6 Patrol Officers. The Department has a Reserve Officer program which provides additional assistance and coverage for full time sworn officers. The Winters Police Department works in collaboration with outside agencies in accordance to a countywide mutual aid agreement.
Mission Statement, Vision Statement, Core Principles, and Motto:
The fundamental mission of the Winters Police Department is to provide service to our community, uphold the Constitution, and deter crime and disorder through impartial service to the law.
The Winters Police Department will continue to be a highly responsive agency that will grow and adapt to meet the needs of our community. We will proactively engage in partnerships to identify opportunities and address challenges by developing innovative and creative solutions
Our Core Principles and Values
Service with integrity
Units in the Department ~ Patrol
Officers are assigned to a patrol shift under general supervision with the expressed goal of providing public assistance; answer calls related to traffic incidents and other emergencies; enforce laws and ordinances; maintain order; prevent crime; prepare reports on activities performed; testify and present evidence in court; provide backup assistance for other officers and personnel; collect, preserve, and maintain evidence, found property and property for safekeeping; serve warrants and subpoenas and performs other related activities as needed or required. Officers are required to complete follow-up investigations on their cases and investigate each incident thoroughly.
For more information regarding this unit or if you have any questions, please contact our Patrol Sergeants
Units in the Department ~ Investigations
The investigations division conducts follow-up criminal investigations on crimes reported to the Police Department. Often, investigations are started by patrol officers who, after responding to a call for service, prepare a police report which requires follow-up investigation. Once assigned to conduct the follow-up, a Detective will review a case and conduct an investigation before an arrest is made or a case is closed. A Detective will often use additional specialized training and/or outside agency resources when conducting an investigation. Investigation staff will also provide backup assistance for other officers and personnel; collect, preserve, and maintain evidence; serve warrants and subpoenas and performs other related activities as needed or required.
For more information regarding this unit or if you have any questions, please contact our Investigations division
Records and Support Services
Support Services Unit encompasses our Records and Property Evidence divisions. Records administers data entry of cases, citations, warrants, and subpoenas in addition to interfacing with the Department of Justice and dispersing copies of reports. Property/Evidence administers property and evidence collection, storage, and disposal. Additionally this unit prepares and distributes crime prevention materials, maintains social media outreach, and staffs the front counter of the business office.
For more information regarding this unit or if you have any questions, please contact our Support Services Unit
Reserve Police Officer
Reserve Officers are on call for emergency situations where additional manpower is necessary. In addition to emergency use, reserves can be used for general law enforcement duties, projects, and assistance with special programs. All duties can be performed on a day to day basis, or scheduled in advance.
For more information on this unit or to join our reserve program, please contact Reserve Coordinator Jose Hermosillo
School and Youth Resources
School and Youth Resources Unit is a section within the Winters Police Department assigned to investigating crimes against children and crimes committed by juveniles. The section also is in charge of the juvenile diversion program and serves as a liaison between the Police Department and the Winters Joint Unified School District. The School and Youth Resources Unit is a support position for the department and responds as a backup officer when needed.
For more information regarding this unit or if you have any questions, please contact the School and Youth Resources unit
Special Events and Mutual Aid
Special Enforcement Events:
The Winters Police Department has participated in several special enforcement events such as Avoid the 8 which concentrates on DUI enforcement, Click it or Ticket which concentrates on seat belt violations, and Phone in one hand Ticket in the other which concentrates on distracted driving. The Department has also participated in county wide enforcement sweeps that check sex offenders to ensure they are in compliance with court ordered restrictions.
Mutual Assistance for Events:
The Winters Police Department participates in several special events through Yolo county. The jurisdictions for these events can call on other agencies to assist them through mutural aid. Some of these events include the Almond Festival in Esparto and the Capay Valley, Picnic Day in Davis, and the Yolo County Fair in Woodland.
MEMORIAL ~ CITY OF WINTERS MARSHAL WILLIAM PRESTON RICE
City Marshal Rice was killed in the line of duty on October 18th 1912. Marshal Rice was unarmed when he assisted Constable Andrews who was responding to a call about an intoxicated man waiving a gun in the street. Marshal Rice had been able to talk to the man on previous occasions and entered the intoxicated man’s residence. Marshal Rice entered through the front door as Constable Andrews and the reporting party (identified as James W Chapman) went around the back. The intoxicated man fired and shot Marshal Rice in the chest. He was arrested as he stepped into the street to re-load his gun. Marshal Rice had been employed for six months. He was married to Alice Chadwick in 1906. He left behind a son, Harry Rice aged 14 months.
Thanks to the generosity of Winters residents, numerous documents pertaining to the Rice Family individuals and the death of Marshal Rice have been located, including the names of 8 generations of the Rice Family. Al Graf and Theresa Sackett contributed their memories, photographs and notes. Tom Crisp also did a fantastic job in tracking Marshal Rice’s family through Ancestry.com. He was able to locate Kathy, who is a great grandchild of Mary Ottie “Molly” Rice. Mary Rice is Marshal Rice’s sister.
City Marshall William Rice's name has been added to the Yolo County Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial in Woodland, the California Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial in Sacramento, and the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in Washington DC.