Sergeant Foster was promoted after an extensive selection process which included a written examination and interviews with Chief Scott P. Livingstone and Town Manager John P. Musante. This promotion will fill the position that was vacated with the retirement of Sergeant Charles Nelson.
Sergeant Foster was appointed as a Patrol Officer with the Amherst Police Department on December 5, 1994. He was assigned patrol duties until his reassignment to the Detective Bureau in September of 2000. As a Detective, Foster obtained extensive specialized training in criminal investigation, sexual assault and juvenile policing issues. He was a Field Training Officer, Ropes Course Instructor and liaison to the Amherst Regional School System for the department. In addition, Sergeant Foster is a member of the Search and Rescue Team, Crime Scene Unit and Sexual Assault Investigation Team.
Foster received his diploma from Amherst High School in 1984. He graduated in 1995 from the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Academy in Agawam, a member of the 23rd Municipal Police Officer Class. Sergeant Foster received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Nichols College, Dudley, MA and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice
Studies from Western New England College, Springfield, MA.