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. 


 SRT Train For Dangerous Entry

  WCSD SRT     

Simulated Drug Arrest

SRT Equipment

   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 Aaron Anderson


On July 15, 2014, the Special Response Team conducted their annual range competition.  Each member of the team went through several designed shooting courses.  This year Deputy Aaron Anderson won the individual competition and Deputies Matt Susa, Scott Goldberg and Bren Derringer won the team event.  The plaque is proudly on display in teh Wood County Sheriff's Department Squad room.


On June 10th, 2014 the Wood County Sheriff’s Department Special Response Team held their annual Iron Man Competition at the Marshfield Senior High School in Marshfield, WI.  The competition consisted of: a mile run, bench press, crunches in a minute and a 150 lb. 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 Cory Leigh

3rd place:  Deputy Adam Berry


For the second year in a row Entry K9 Handler member Deputy Andrew Simon won the Iron Man competition.  Highlights from this year's competition were, Deputy Simon ran the mile in 6 minutes 1 seconds, bench pressed half his body weight 82 times, performed 99 crunches in a minute and completed teh dummy drag in 5.4 seconds.  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.  

Harold Saeger

Ready, set, go

On May 7th, 2014 the Wood County Sheriff's Department sponsored a Wood County Veteran for the Never Forgotten Honor Flight.  Each member of the team contributed their own money to sponsor a local Wood County Veteran.  Veteran Harold Saeger was selected to cerieve the donation for the Honor Flight.  Members of the Special Response Team with Sheriff Reichert surprised Mr. Saeger at the front of the Wood County Courthouse and presented him with a check.


     2015 Polar Plunge Team     Ready, set, go 

Ready to go    Ice cold plunge

Members of the Wood County Special Response Team took part in the 2015 Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics.  The jump took place at Anchor Bay Bar & Grill, Wood County, in the Village of Biron.  Six members of the team jumped into the icy cold waters of the Wisconsin River.   The team raised over $3,000.00 during the event!  Thank you to all those who generously donated on the teams behalf.  Jumpers included:  Captain Shawn Becker, Lieutenant Scott Saeger, Lieutenant Charles Hoogesteger, 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