Information that was missing on Candidate Jim Woods Qualifications to Lead our Community

The following is Candidate Jim Woods resume.  You ask, why am I posting this.  Well, here is the answer.  When I went to the candidate forum for Washington County Commissioner’s and Sheriff, there was a form with a Q & A about the 2 candidates running for County Sheriff, left off by accident was Candidate Jim Woods background and educational history as it pertains to his qualifications to lead our County in Law Enforcement, so I am posting it here.  Please take a moment and read through this man’s qualifications.  He is more than capable of Leading our County.

Qualifications brief for

James Michael Woods

Business Residential

Hancock Police Department 13634 Creek View Drive

126 West High Street                         Hagerstown, Md. 21740

Hancock, Md. 21740                          (301) 739-0595 Home

301-678-5633   Headquarters

240-313-2179    Dispatch

301-678-5832   Fax

Current position:

Hancock Police Department

Patrol Officer

Previous Position

Maryland Department of State Police

Fire Marshal Division

Investigator-Bomb Technician

Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy First Class


Bachelors Degree – Law Enforcement Management

Richard Montgomery High School

Center for Degree Studies – Business Admin./Accounting

Hagerstown Junior College – Criminal investigations

Physical education

Professional Career Inst.      – Paralegal program

Civil litigation

Intl. Correspondence Sch.      Intro. Into computers

U.S. Air Force Law Enforcement Specialist Course

U.S. Secret Service Academy

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

U.S. Army Military Police Course

U.S. Army Physical Security School

U.S. Air Force Security Specialist Course

National Fire Academy – Fire Investigation Course

National Fire Academy – Principles of Fire Safety Inspection

U.S. Air Force Crime Prevention Course

Hazardous Devices School – FBI – Redstone Arsenal

Maryland Police Training Commission – Comparative Compliance Course

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2008-Current               Hancock Police Department

2002-2008                   Washington County Sheriff’s Department

1989 – 2002                          Department of State Police/State Fire Marshal’s Office

1987 – 1989                 Department of Human Resources-Div. Of Special Investigations

1977-1981                   United States Secret Service


I am currently working as a Deputy assigned to the Patrol Division of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. In this capacity I conduct field investigations, take complaint reports and patrol various areas of the county, enforcing criminal and traffic laws.

In my law enforcement career I have developed skills in the handling of crime scenes, photography, evidence collection, and criminal investigation

In addition, I have served on several committees dealing with ballistic vests, uniforms, professional qualification standards, statistical data and training. I was  selected to participate in a multi-agency training group appointed by the Governor of the State of Maryland, to provide training and information on terrorism and security.

I have received training in K-9 handling, Explosives, Environmental Crimes, Field training officer, Certified law enforcement and firearms instructor, and many other fields. I was a member of the State’s Major Incident Response Team and I am an instructor at the Western Maryland. I have also provided training/consult services for such corporations as Norfolk-Southern Railroad, Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, Mack Truck, and Citicorp.

I have trained as a hazardous materials technician, and was trained by the Drug Enforcement Administration in Clandestine Drug Lab response. I have developed and taught an approved course on explosives to over 2000 public safety officials. I hold certifications in Fire and Explosion investigation, Hazardous Materials and Explosives and hold membership in the American College of Forensic Examiners. Many of these certifications are nationally recognized.

I have qualified as an expert witness in the Maryland Court System (Criminal/Civil) as well as courts in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and United States District Court for Maryland. I am Md. certified as a police instructor.

I have also developed public speaking skills, which have been used by previous and current Departments. I have been a featured speaker at several conferences including the Mid-Atlantic Women in Law Enforcement Conference, the International Association of Fire Fighters – Hazardous Materials Conference and the Governors Weapons of Mass Destruction Committee, to name a few.

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Office of the State Fire Marshal                              United State Secret Service

Deputy Fire Marshal of the Year – 1990                    Merit Award for Excellence

Two – Fire Marshal’s Commendation’s

American Federation of Police United States Air Force

Letter of Commendation                                            Achievement Award

J. Edgar Hoover Award

Legion of Merit

United State Postal Service                                       United States Army

Letter of Recognition                                                 Soldier of the Quarter

United States Marshal Service                                 West Virginia National Guard

Certificate of Appreciation                                         Outstanding Achievement

Hagerstown City Police                                            Washington County Special

Letter of Appreciation                                                            Operations Team

Letter of Appreciation

Hancock Police Dept.

Unit Citation

Personal Information

Date of Birth               2 March 1952

Place of Birth              Montgomery County, Maryland

Health                         Excellent

Hobbies                       Reading, computers, fitness.

Marital Status              Married

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American College of Forensic Examiners – Fellow

Maryland Fire & Explosive Investigators Association

Fraternal Order of Police

International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators

International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association

Society of Explosive Engineers

National Association of Fire Investigators

World EOD Foundation

State Law Enforcement Officers Labor Alliance

Maryland Homicide Investigations Association

Mid-Atlantic Regional Gang Network

Mid-Atlantic Bomb Technicians Task Force (U.S.M.S.)

Maryland Joint Terrorism Task Force

Nation Rifle Association – Life Member

Redman Club – Life Member

American Legion

AF&AM Lodge 217

Alighan Shrine

I have an excellent work ethic. I have demonstrated an ability to work long hours and produce quality results, with little on no direct supervision. I have experienced handling major crime scenes and fatality investigations.

I am a quick learner and dedicated to the law enforcement profession. I seek opportunities to expand my knowledge and skills in this profession.

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