The patrol division is comprised of 16 full-time officers and 2 part-time reserve officers. Officers are responsible for responding to emergencies, answering calls for service, performing street level investigations, engaging in traffic enforcement, and serving the public safety needs of many within Aransas Pass, Texas. The Patrol Division is lead by Captain David Wood.
After graduating from the San Antonio College Law Enforcement Academy in 1991, Captain Wood began his law enforcement career with the Taft Police Department in 1992. During his fifteen years with the Taft Police Department, he served for four years as a patrol officer before promoting to Sergeant. After serving in that capacity for six years, he was hired as Chief of Police and served in that position for another five years.
While with Taft PD, Captain Wood served as the departments first School Resource/Crime Prevention Officer in a new grant funded program which effectively reduced juvenile crime and gang activity in the community and schools. His efforts carved the way for the school district to institute its own school resource officer program. Captain Wood also restructured departmental case management practices resulting in higher conviction rates for criminal cases. Captain Wood assisted in the implementation of the Neighborhood Conference Committee (NCC) Program, a community based group that works with at-risk youth within the community. Captain Wood coordinated with the resident council of the Housing Authority for the creation of a Neighborhood Watch Program. Other duties and assignments included Field Training Officer responsible for training new officers, advisory committee member of the Del Mar Regional Police Academy, Homeland Security Committee member at the Council of Governments.
I believe recent and ongoing changes in today’s world and in Texas law enforcement will challenge police administrators to be both leaders and managers. I accept this responsibility as Patrol Captain of the Aransas Pass Police Department by recognizing that it is our goal to help people and provide assistance at every opportunity and by providing the highest level of preventive, investigative, and enforcement services possible.Capt. David Wood
Captain Wood also served for five years with the San Patricio County Sheriff’s Office as a Patrol Deputy, Patrol Corporal, and Investigator Sergeant. Other duties and assignments included Tactical Response Team member, Armorer, and Firearm Instructor/Range Master.
During his tenure in law enforcement, Captain Wood’s duties have included a strong focus on leadership and supervision in all aspects of patrol, investigations, administration, and training. Captain Wood has earned several certifications with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, including Master Peace Officer, Instructor, Firearm Instructor, Crime Prevention Inspector, Mental Health Officer and Special Investigator.