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Oak Creek police receive $1K grant

Wal-Mart funds to aid domestic violence prevention efforts

Melinda Dudley

Steamboat Springs — The Oak Creek Police Department was awarded a $1,000 grant from the Steamboat Springs Wal-Mart to help aid its domestic violence prevention and law enforcement efforts. — The Oak Creek Police Department was awarded a $1,000 grant from the Steamboat Springs Wal-Mart to help aid its domestic violence prevention and law enforcement efforts.

— The Oak Creek Police Department was awarded a $1,000 grant from the Steamboat Springs Wal-Mart to help aid its domestic violence prevention and law enforcement efforts.

Since coming to the Oak Creek Police Department in October, Police Chief Russell Caterinicchio has been reaching out to local businesses for donations and grants in an effort to help the department’s existing programs and to expand its community policing efforts.

“Wal-Mart responded so generously by giving us a $1,000 cash grant,” Caterinicchio said. “We’re just shocked by the largess.”

Wal-Mart Assistant Manager Trixie Romero presented the check to Caterinicchio at the store Friday.

Other local entities have helped out as well, including Alpine Bank, which has agreed to contribute funds to Oak Creek’s anti-fraud program.

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The $1,000 grant may not sound like a lot of money, but for a small department such as Oak Creek’s – whose annual budget is less than $200,000, the funds can help out a great deal, Caterinicchio said.

Every Wal-Mart store gets to make its own decisions about which community programs to make donations to, and the Steamboat Springs location thought aiding the Oak Creek Police Department was more than worthwhile, Assistant Manager Mauricio Clavery said.

The grant money will be used to purchase equipment, including a digital camera to help police better document crime scenes, as well as stuffed animals to give to children in cases of domestic violence, abuse or neglect, Caterinicchio said.

Giving the children a stuffed animal or a blanket helps comfort them during traumatic situations and helps make their experience dealing with law enforcement a positive one, he said.