The Patrol Division is commanded by Captain Nolan Schaffer, a member of the department since 2004 veteran.


The Patrol Division is divided into two shifts, each of which covers a specific block of time within the day. An additional 3rd shift also is established to assist in covering more active times of the day. Established patrol watches are responsible for emergency police and fire response and non-emergency police and fire response to calls for services which occur within the City of Woodway. These areas, or watches, are covered by patrol watches 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

The Patrol Division has approximately 18 assigned officers with each watch being supervised by a sergeant. The officers on each patrol shift perform all primary police functions, including responding to citizen requests for police assistance, fire control, enforcing criminal and traffic laws, investigating motor vehicle accidents.

K – 9 Team & Other Teams

The Public Safety Department’s specially trained K9-Team consists of  Corporal Miller and canine Don. The K9-Team completes extensive training, completing weekly training as well as maintaining certification. The K9-Team has developed a reputation for dependability and reliability within the department and in assistance to outside agencies. The department also has donated the K9-Team to area schools for a proactive approach in locating drugs. In addition to local requests, the K9-Team donates their time fulfilling area public relations requests.

Specialized Assignments

Within the Patrol Division there are several internal specialized assignments:

  • Bicycle Patrol Officers
  • Community/School Resource Officers
  • Drug Recognition Expert
  • Field Training Officers
  • K9-Team
  • SWAT Team
  • Accident Reconstruction


If you have any concerns or complaints about crime in the City of Woodway, please email Captain Larry Adams or call him at 254-772-4470 this can include:

  • Crashes
  • Investigating criminal activity
  • Regulating non-criminal conduct
  • Taking offense reports