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 Christianson, Simon and Peterson

                              Deputy Bren Derringer                              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.  


Sergeant Scott Drew
Lt. Shawn Becker   &   Sergeant Scott Drew

Patrol Sergeant Scott Drew recently retired from the Special Response Team .  Sergeant Drew served for 11 years as an Entry Team member, one of the teams Firearm Instructors and most recently as the Assistant Team Leader.  Thank you Sgt. Drew for your years of service to the Special Response Team.

Investigator McCormick
Investigator Sergeant Sara McCormick

Investigator Sergeant Sara McCormick recently retired from the Special Response Team.  Investigator McCormick served for 11 years on the team as a Crisis Negotiator and for the past several years she was the teams Lead Negotiator.  Thank you Investigator McCormick for your service to the Special Response Team.


Pictured from left to right; Sergeant Scott Machotka, Sheriff Thomas Reichert, and Sergeant Lee Garrels.


Sergeants Machotka and Garrels both retired from their positions from the Special Response Team effective 01/01/2013.  Sergeant Machotka was the team coordinator, and Sergeant Garrels was the team leader.  Both of them were part of the Special Response Team for many years.  Sergeant Garrels was selected to the team when it was formed in 1990.  We thank both of them for their years of service, dedication, and leadership.      


2012 Special Response Team Run - Fund Raiser:

October 12, 2012

Wood County Special Response Team with Sheriff Thomas Reichert

Wood County Special Response Team RACE  COORDINATORS
Deputy Scott Goldberg      and      Sergeant Matt Susa

Left to Right :  Deputy Anderson, Sergeant Garrels, Sergeant Susa, Deputy Bannerman & Investigator McCormick




2012 Special Response Team Run – Fund Raiser


We held our first 5K Run/Walk on October 13, 2012 at Mid State Technical College.  Despite the weather the event was a success!  We had over 200 runners participate in the event.  Thank you to all of the runners and sponsors for making this event happen. 


Detlefsen Law Office,  Veolia,  Ladick Trucking and Excavating Inc,  A Plus Business Forms & Systems Inc,  Foemmel Farms,  Team 19 Motorsports,  Cherco Inc,  The Dental Suite LLC,  Scott’s Custom Butchering,  Clifton Larson Allen,  Langholff Builders,  All Insurance Agency Inc,  Art’s Body-Alignment Shop Inc,  Felker Brother Corp,  Bull’s Eye Sport Shop LLC,  Marv’s Gun Shop,  Solarus,  Saratoga Mini Mart,  Dave’s Service Center,  Jennie Pankratz,  Pankratz Trucking LLC,  Hansen-Schilling Funeral Home & Cremation Center,  ABC Child Care Centers LLC,  Draxler Transport Inc,  Altmann Builders LLC,  Lake Dexter Drive Inn LLC,  Pittsville Family Dental S.C.,  Renaissance Learning Inc,  Debra L. Carter,  Haas Builders Supply Inc,  Glen’s Sport Shop LLC,  Wisconsin River Orthopedics LTD,  United Ambulance Service,  Nasonville Dairy INC,  Roehl Transport INC,  United Steel Workers Local 2-94,  Erbes Construction LTD,  Healing Hands Chiropractic Center,  Fehrenback Mogg & Associates,  Rapids Rental,  Ocean Spray,  Sheriff Thomas Reichert,  Pepsi,  South Wood County YMCA,  Home DepotWood County Crime Stoppers,  Nieman’s Towing Service,  Higgins Funeral Home,  Luke A. Weiland Attorney at Law,  Robert and Pamela Ironside  &                 Mid State Technical College


We will be having the event again next at Mid State Technical College.  Mark it on your calendar!   

October 12, 2013

Thank you again for all of your support.  Proceeds go towards equipment for the Special Response Team.  A special thanks goes to all of the Special Response Team members for help making this even happen. 


Wood County Sheriff's Department Special Response Team & Marshfield Police Department Special Response Team

Marshfield & Wood County SRT

MPD & WCSD       MPD & WCSD stack


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:  Lieutenant Shawn Becker, Sergeant Matt Susa, Sergeant Scott Saeger, Lead Crisis Negotiator Charles Hoogesteger, K9 Deputy 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