Oak Creek Police Officer Erik Foster, center, is promoted to the rank of sergeant by Police Chief Russ Caterinicchio on Tuesday. Foster's wife, Julie, holds his old officer badge.

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Oak Creek Police Officer Erik Foster, center, is promoted to the rank of sergeant by Police Chief Russ Caterinicchio on Tuesday. Foster's wife, Julie, holds his old officer badge.

Oak Creek officer promoted


— The Oak Creek Police Department promoted Officer Erik Foster to the rank of sergeant during a ceremony Tuesday.

Police Chief Russ Caterinicchio presented Foster with his new sergeant's badge and gold stripes for his uniform at Oak Creek Town Hall. Foster has been with the Oak Creek police since September. Caterinicchio said his dedication and commitment warranted the promotion.

"He's a young officer, but he has lots of skills and expertise," Caterinicchio said. "He's helped this department regain its credibility with other area agencies."

Foster is undergoing training to become a certified field-training officer, to prepare him for the new responsibilities that come with his new rank.

"I'll be the acting chief when Chief Russ is not available," Foster said. "I'll be supervising training for new employees."

Although Foster works only part-time for the small department, Caterinicchio praised his dedication, saying he has done the work of two full-time officers.

"If I had two other officers as good as him, Oak Creek would have all of its problems fixed in about three days," Caterinicchio said.

Foster also works as a dispatcher for Routt County Communications, and was previously a police officer in Wheat Ridge before relocating to Routt County.


OneFly 8 years, 12 months ago

Chief Russ and Eric have done much for Oak Creek most importantly bringing accountability where there was none. Read the Chief's report to the town for the month of November which includes the activity log. http://oakcreekforum.blogspot.com/2007/12/december-3-2007-mayor-town-board-of.html The department has accomplished much but am impressed with the effort towards young people.


Ms_E_Bronte 8 years, 12 months ago

Congratulations Sgt. Foster. And thanks to both Chief Caterinicchio and Sgt. Foster for your dedication and fairness. Not only have you held people accountable for their actions, you are bringing unity to this small town.


justathought 8 years, 12 months ago

Congratulations Sarge, keep up the good work Chief C.

Does anyone know how often the public safety site on the town's website is updated? I'd sure like to read these reports without having to wade through all of the political propaganda on the blogspot.


bluntman 8 years, 12 months ago

the work done by Chief Russ & Sgt. Eric to restore credibility to the OC police department is nothing short of amazing. Chief Caterinicchio inherited a department left in shambles, both by the former chief who quit as well as the previous administration, a situation which has been reversed completely. take a couple of moments to read the report and activity log that onefly has linked above, it is very obvious to this reader that the OCPD is not hanging around waiting to provide taxi service for those who have consumed a few too many fermented malt beverages.

heck, even i almost feel safe going into the local bars after dark now... almost.

: - O


rmason 8 years, 12 months ago

i am so happy for you Erik! you definitely deserve this recognition as you have always worked so hard at everything you do!!!

congratulations and we miss you dearly!



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