The Mission of the Wood County Sheriff's Department Special Response Team (SRT) is to bring a successful conclusion to critical high-risk situations, through the use of specially equipped and highly trained personnel, in such a fashion as to minimize the risk of harm to the citizens of our community, law enforcement personnel,and suspects. In 1990 the Wood County Sheriff's Department created a special response team to deal with critical high risk incidents. The tactical team has the responsibility of answering to sensitive, potentially life-threatening situations utilizing specialized equipment and tactics to resolve them in as peaceful a manner as possible. This responsibility requires a great deal of training and readiness. Some situations may include: high-risk search and arrest warrant service, hostage rescue, and building searches for dangerous suspects.

The unit is prepared to assume full control of specific tactical situations which, by nature, would be considered excessively dangerous and complex, or which would require the use of a specialized team effort, rather than independent action by individual officers.

The SRT consists of a team commander, team leader, assistant team leader and the remaining team members that make up entry personnel, perimeter personnel and a marksmen team. The Wood County Sheriff's Department maintains trained hostage/crisis negotiators in a separately assigned function. The tactical team trains regularly in special weapons and tactics. The team also trains with other tactical units associated with fellow law enforcement agencies throughout Wood County.

The members of the SRT are assigned to different divisions of the department as their primary duty assignment. The SRT is a secondary assignment for which all members must be a fully qualified law enforcement officer in the state of Wiscosnin and must firearms proficiency qualifications at a higher standard than that of a regular member of the Sheriff's Department.

All team members are volunteers and are on call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. 

Entry      WCSD SRT      SRT Equipment

 SRT Train For Dangerous Entry                 Simulated Drug Arrest                              SRT Equipment                

When there is an Emergency and all else fails...

Who are you going to call?

Citizens of Wood County can put their minds to ease knowing that a highly dedicated group of law enforcement officers are willing to protect them and put their own lives in danger when danger calls.


Deputy Bren Derringer
Deputy Bren Derringer 

Deputy Christianson, Simon and Peterson

  Deputy Doug Christianson, Andrew Simon & Bryan Peterson

On July 14, 2013, the Special Response Team conducted their annual range competition.  Each member of the team went through several designed shooting courses.  This year Deputy Bren Derringer won the individual competition and Deputies Doug Christianson, Andrew Simon and Bryan Peterson won the team event.


On April 17, 2013 the Wood County Sheriff’s Department Special Response Team held their annual Iron Man Competition at the UW Extention in Marshfield.  The competition consisted of: a mile run, push ups and sit ups in a minute, and a dummy drag.  Each event is individually scored then combined for a total.  All entry, K9 Handlers, and Sharp Shooters competed in the Iron Man.  This year’s results were: 

1st Place: Deputy Simon (Entry / K9)

2nd Place: Deputy Leigh (Entry)     

3rd Place: Deputy Derringer (Sharp Shooter)


Entry K9 Handler member Deputy Andrew Simon won the Iron Man competition for 2013.  Highlights from this year's competition were, Deputy Simon ran the mile in 6 minutes 6 seconds and bench pressed half his body weight 76 times.  Second place winner Entry member Deputy Cory Leigh did 99 crunches in 1 minute.  Third place winner Sharp Shooter member Deputy Bren Derringer did 90 crunches in 1 minute.  Entry member Deputy Adam Berry had the quickest dummy drag time of the 150 pound manikin.  Congrats to every team member for passing this year's fitness test.  This award is proudly displayed at the Sheriff’s Department for the public to view.  


Sheriff Tom Reichert and the 2014 Polar Plunge Team     Team waiting to go in 

Ice cold plunge    Getting out

On February 8th, 2014, members of the Wood County Special Response Team took part in the Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics.  The jump took place at Anchor Bay Bar & Grill, Wood County, in the Village of Biron.  Seven members of the team jumped into the icy cold waters of the Wisconsin River.   The team raised $2,565.00; the second most of 39 teams that participated in the event!  Thank you to all those who generously donated on the teams behalf.  This was the first year the team participated, and now they plan on making the jump every year.  Sheriff Reichert judged the event and is pictured with team members right before they took the plunge.  Jumpers included:  Captain Shawn Becker, Matt Susa, Lieutenant Scott Saeger, Lead Crisis Negotiator Lieutenant Charles Hoogesteger, K9 Deputy Investigator Sergeant Andrew Simon, Entry Deputies Kyle Pleet and Brandon Christianson. 

Contact Information: Captain Shawn Becker, Office Phone #: 715- 421-8715

E-Mail: sbecker@co.wood.wi.us