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About us

About us

The Woodstock Police Force is committed to proudly serving our community, with integrity and equality toward all people.

Chief's Message

The Woodstock Police Force shares a proud and personal public safety history with the citizens of Woodstock. For decades, we have held the responsibility of protecting our diverse community in service to all who live and visit here. It is a responsibility we are fortunate to have and one that we do not take lightly, or for granted.

In recent years, our police service has worked increasingly to consider what we do well, but also to continually question…what can we do better? At the center of this consideration are three key areas that have guided our growth and public safety commitment in recent years;

  • Transparency
  • Accountability
  • Due Diligence

As a result, and supported by a progressive organizational strategic planning response model, the Woodstock Police Force has implemented ways to increase our visibility, publicly communicate our strategic plan objectives, establish partnerships related to social issues, continually adapt our response efforts specific to rising crime trends, and accurately report on associated successes and failures through our annual report submissions.

It may be reasonable to state that policing has and continues to change in ways that will require all of us working together to resolve present and future challenges. Public trust in its police force is something we often speak of; however, trust may only be achieved if a police force consistently demonstrates transparency, accountability, and due diligence in all that it does. To this, the officers and staff of the Woodstock Police Force shall remain committed.

Together, we can contribute to the safety and well-being of those who wish to live, work and play in Woodstock.   



Gary Forward, BIS., MA.

Chief of Police – Woodstock Police Force

President – NBACP


The Woodstock Police Force is committed to proudly serving our community with integrity and equality toward all people.

The Woodstock Police Force shall uphold the following core values as the guiding approach to our public safety
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