The Eureka Police Department announced today that Officer Steve Watson will be promoted to sergeant effective Saturday, September 1, 2007.
Watson was hired by the Eureka Police Department on May 3, 2005, and currently serves as the Gang Task Force Supervisor and Field Training Officer.
Watson is a graduate of the South Bay Regional Basic Police Academy at Gavilan College.
He was hired in 1997 as a deputy sheriff with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office.
At this time he served as a School Resource Officer (SRO), a sniper on the SWAT Team, and was also a Field Training Officer.
Watson also rose to the rank of sergeant while employed at the Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office.
Prior to becoming a police officer, Officer Watson was a substitute teacher, an outreach missionary, staff member at an orphanage feeding the homeless in Romania, and a resident assistant at a men's dorm.
"It is always a special privilege to promote a sergeant in a police organization.
Norank serves a more important role than the front line supervisor," stated EPD Chief Nielsen.
"And in an organization like ours that has so many young new officers, the sergeant plays an even more critical function.
In the day to day operation of a department our size the sergeant serves as my conduit to the community.
It is an honor to promote Steve Watson to the rank of sergeant.