Patrol Division

Patrol Division

Wood County Sheriff's Department 

Patrol Division

The Wood County Sheriff’s Department provides 24-hour patrol and complaint response coverage year round to all areas of Wood County and fields sworn Deputies continuously on a variety of shift arrangements.  The patrol division schedule consists of 3 days on, 2 days off, 2 days on, and 3 days off.  Shifts are 12 hours, day shifts start at either 5am or 6am, night shifts start at 5 pm or 6 pm.  The schedule allows deputies to have every other weekend scheduled off.  The patrol division consists of 1 Patrol Captain 4 Patrol Lieutenants, 4 Shift Commanders, and 20 Deputies.  The Patrol Division’s responsibilities are to enforce all federal, state and local laws to include traffic violations.  In addition to responding to calls for service, we also assist area fire departments, 1st responders and ambulance services. 


Captain Shawn Becker :

Captain Shawn Becker graduated from Stevens Point Area Senior High School in 1988.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from University Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1993.  While he attended UWSP Captain Becker had an internship with the Stevens Point Police Department.  After graduating from UWSP, he graduated from North Central Technical College’s Basic Law Enforcement Recruit Academy in 1994.  His first job in law enforcement was with the Sauk Prairie Police Department in 1995 as a Police Officer.  He was hired by the Wood County Sheriff’s Department in 1997 as a Deputy Sheriff and has served as Field Training Officer, Traffic Crash Reconstructionist, Defense and Arrest Tactics Instructor and Vehicle Contacts Instructor.  He was also a member of the Special Response Team as Crisis Negotiator, Entry/Breach Team and Assistant Team Leader.  In 2003 Sheriff Heuer promoted him to Patrol Sergeant and in 2006 Sheriff Reichert promoted him to Investigator Sergeant.  In 2010 Sheriff Reichert promoted him to Patrol Lieutenant.  In 2015 Sheriff Reichert promoted Lt. Becker to his current position of Patrol Captain and he now oversees the Wood County Sheriff's Department Patrol Division Lieutenants.

Lieutenant Lee Garrels :

Lieutenant Lee Garrels was hired in May of 1975 by Sheriff Thomas Forsyth.  In April of 1979 he was promoted to Sergeant.  He is a graduate of Pittsville High School and attended the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield, University of Wisconsin-Platteville and also Mount Senario College.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  He was a member of the Wood County Special Response Team as the Entry Team Leader and had been on the team since 1990. He is the Lieutenant in Charge of the Field Training Officer Program and the Traffic Grant Program.  He is also the Liaison officer between the Sheriff's Department and the county fire departments. In 2015 Sheriff Reichert promoted Sergeant Garrels to Patrol Lieutenant.

Lieutenant Scott Saeger :

I was born and raised in Wisconsin Rapids and graduated high school at Lincoln High.  I obtained my associate degree in Police Science from MSTC of Wisconsin Rapids in 1993.  I began my involvement in law enforcement while attending MSTC and was put on as an auxiliary officer for WRPD and the Town of Rome PD.  In 1991 I was hired as a reserve deputy for the Wood County Sheriff’s Department until 1994.  In 1994, I was hired part-time as a police officer for the Town of Rome Police Department.  I was hired full-time as a police officer for the Town of Rome in 1998-2005.  I became an EVOC instructor in 2000.  I then created a rescue dive team of 5 members and was the dive team leader.  In 2005, I was hired at the Wood County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy.  In the fall of 2005, I was added to the Wood County Sheriff’s Department SRT team as an entry member.  I also became an FTO (field training officer), snowmobile patrol deputy, assistant shift commander, FTO coordinator, boat safety instructor and became the lead EVOC instructor.  In 2011 I was promoted to Investigator Sergeant specializing in drug enforcement.  I also became an evidence technician, K-9 coordinator, assistant team leader of SRT.  In 2015, I was promoted to patrol lieutenant and SRT commander.

Lieutenant Charles Hoogesteger :

Lieutenant Charlie Hoogesteger was hired in July of 2010 by Sheriff Reichert and was promoted to Lieutenant in March of 2015.  Lt Hoogesteger attended the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice.  He was an active member of the Special Response Team.  He held the positions of Negotiator, Lead Negotiator and Sniper.  Lt Hoogesteger has also been an FTO and a member of the Seasonal Weight Team.  Other duties include Emergency Vehicle Operation instructor and Preliminary Breath Test Calibrator.  Lt Hoogesteger started his career in Law Enforcement with the Wood County Sheriff’s Department Reserve Program in 2006 before being hired in Adams County.  He also was employed with the Nekoosa Police Department as a patrol officer and with the Port Edwards Police Department as a part time patrol officer.  Lt Hoogesteger has over 9 years of Law Enforcement experience.  He is also a 1999 graduate of Nekoosa High School.

Lieutenant Bryan Peterson :

Lieutenant Bryan Peterson was hired as a deputy, by the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, in March of 2011 by Sheriff Thomas Reichert.  In March of 2015, he was promoted to Lieutenant.  Lieutenant Peterson grew up in the city of Nekoosa and is a graduate of Nekoosa High School. After high school he attended Edgewood College, Madison Area Technical College and Mid-State Technical College.  He has an Associate’s Degree in Police Science. Lieutenant Peterson started his law enforcement career as a jail deputy for the Adams County Sheriff’s Office in February 2004.  In December 2004, he transferred to the road division as a patrol deputy.  In May 2008 he left the Adams County Sheriff’s Office and started with the Rome Police Department where he became a Firearms instructor and a Concealed Weapon Carry Instructor.  In March of 2011 he seized the opportunity to work for the Wood County Sheriff’s Department.  Lieutenant Peterson is a Field Training Officer, Handgun Instructor, Concealed Weapon Carry Instructor and a Tactical Response Instructor here at the sheriff’s department.  He has also been a part of the Wood County Special Response Team since 2013.  As Lieutenant, he oversees the operation of his shift and is also responsible for the Reserve Program, Crime Stoppers Program, Honor Guard and is the Internship Coordinator.

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