Deputy Chief Michael A. Woods



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Deputy Chief Michael Woods joined the Division in April of 1988 as a member of the 72nd recruit class. As an officer he worked Patrol assignments on the City’s south and west sides as well as the Division’s Street Crime Attack Team. After his promotion to sergeant in 1996, Deputy Chief Woods served as the precinct sergeant on the 8th and 15th precincts and also spent six years in the Narcotics Bureau. As a sergeant, Deputy Chief Woods also had the opportunity to represent the Division as the Public Information Officer. In 2006, he was promoted to Lieutenant, holding assignments in Patrol, the Strategic Response Bureau, and the Property Crimes Bureau. In 2011, he was promoted to Commander and assigned to Zone 5 Patrol and eventually the Special Services Bureau. In December of 2013, he was promoted to Deputy Chief and assigned to the Support Services Subdivision. In July of 2015 he transferred to his current assignment as Deputy Chief of the Homeland Security Subdivision.

Deputy Chief Woods is a lifelong resident of Columbus having graduated from Franklin Heights High School. He has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Capital University and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice/Homeland Security Administration from Tiffin University. He is a graduate of the 63rd session of the Police Executive Leadership College, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Command Leadership Course and the 258th session of the FBI National Academy. Deputy Chief Woods is a former Field Training Officer and past member of the Honor Guard and the Columbus Police and Fire Pipes and Drums.

Deputy Chief Woods is married to his wife Dana and they have three daughters: Abbigail, Brianna, and Catherine.



The following are contained within the Homeland Security Subdivison

Special Services Bureau

Narcotics Bureau

Traffic Bureau