GJPD Launching Public Survey- Asking For Community’s Thoughts On Police Service in GJ #GVCopBeat

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DSC_1793_cropThe Grand Junction Police Department is asking Grand Junction residents to participate in a brief survey to help us gauge the community’s feelings about police service in our city.  The GJPD has teamed up with Colorado Mesa University students in the Department of Business, who will conduct the survey.

Click here to take the short survey.

“Although our employees work very hard to provide the best police service possible, it’s important that we periodically survey our community to be sure that is their perception as well,” said Police Chief John Camper.

The GJPD will use the information to help us determine if we need to make changes in how we operate and to help us plan for future law enforcement needs.

Chief Camper adds, “This survey will also allow us to make sure that we are prioritizing our activities in a way that reflects the needs and desires of our citizens.”

The CMU students will administer the survey.  The link above will allow you to take the survey online.  CMU students will also be at various public places and events, asking residents who may not have access to the online version to fill out a paper version of the survey.

Those conducting the survey WILL NOT BE MAKING PHONE CALLS.  If you receive a phone call from anyone indicating they are conducting a survey on our behalf, it is not legitimate and do not provide them with any information.

#MCCrimeStoppers Crime Of the Week August 20, 2015 #GVCopBeat 

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This week Crime Stoppers needs your help
to identify and locate the suspects involved in a case of arson at the Western Colorado Community College located at 2508 Blichmann Avenue.

Sometime between 3:00-3:20 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14th, unknown suspects cut the chain link fence to gain access into the Automotive Technical School parking lot.

The suspects tampered with a fuel tank on a vehicle which resulted in a fire that spread to three additional vehicles.

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the subjects involved in this crime, please contact Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information, see us at http://www.241stop.com .

Military Funeral Procession #GVCopBeat #GVTraffic

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It is with a heavy heart that the Grand Junction Police Department will be assisting with a funeral procession of a local active duty military casualty.

Starting at 1:00 pm, a funeral procession for Terry Fick will leave Callahan Edfast Mortuary in the area of 25 Road and Patterson Road.  The Procession will go from there to the Veteran’s Cemetery in the area of 28 Road and D Road.  The procession is expected to be large and traffic between the Mortuary and the Cemetery will be effected.

We would like to remind the motoring public to be patient at times like this and if you need to be somewhere and your drive may be effected by this event, please plan on leaving early or consider alternate routes.

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Spend a Dollar, Potentially Save Thousands: Bike Theft On the Rise #GVCopBeat #ShareGJ

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The cost of a bike isn’t always cheap, with some bikes ranging in price from $400 to thousands of dollars–a bike is an investment, and it is important to take proper precautions as bike riders to prevent bike theft. The Grand Junction Police Department has seen a recent spike in bike theft and we would like to pass on a few tips to protect yourself from f10365965_10202678792225335_3208168151211722129_nalling victim.

Invest in a strong bike lock and know how and where to use it:

Locking your property is the best way to prevent a thief from stealing it. Often people fail to lock up their bike while running quick errands or in places where it would seem to be okay to leave it unlocked. People often leave their bike unattended and unlocked on their patio at home, or in the hall of their apartment building, or even in the hallways of Colorado Mesa University–this gives thieves an easy target. If you are going to leave your bike somewhere unattended–even just for a few minutes–lock it up! When you do lock it up, remember to lock it to something sturdy. Bike racks are available at a multitude of locations, but given they are unavailable or full, remember to lock your bike to something hard that is difficult to cut or break.

Register Your Bike at The Grand Junction Police Department for just $1:

In the unfortunate event that your bike is stolen, having it registered with the GJPD will increase your chances of getting it back and greatly aides our recovery to get your bike back to you. Often GJPD officers will come across stolen bikes, with no way to prove they are stolen or lost because they aren’t registered.

To register your bike with the GJPD bring your bike down to our department located at 555 Ute Ave. Our records department will obtain basic information about the bike, such as the serial number, make and model and your information and run it in our system to make sure it isn’t stolen. Once that is completed, you will be issued a small metallic sticker with a unique number that can be placed on your bike. The sticker and registration is good for ten years.

Happy Biking! Stay Safe and Be Alert.

 

 

Sex, Drugs, and Alcohol: Student Safety #GVCopBeat

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Cropped Badge-Transparent BackgroundAs parents, there are few things that we value above the health and safety of our children. Any parent of a high school or college bound son or daughter knows the concern that the influence of peers often outweighs mom’s or dad’s input.

The Grand Junction Police Department would like to invite parents, as well as high school and college aged young adults, to join us for a frank discussion about how we can equip our young people to make safe, smart choices that can help protect them and their friends. Officer Suzette Freidenberger, a 13 year veteran of the Grand Junction Police Department, offers a candid presentation about how to navigate the many choices with which young people are confronted. In settings where alcohol and/or drugs are present, an ill-considered choice can have long term consequences. We will be joined by a panel of guests, including health care professionals, school resource officers, and other invested community members.

It is important to empower our sons and daughters to recognize these serious circumstances and be ready to make sound decisions that can protect them and their peers. Parents, please know that this will be a candid discussion, with frank language and content. We would strongly encourage parents to attend with their high school and college age children, and be part of the conversation.

When: Tuesday, September 8, 6:30pm

Where: Grand Junction Police Department, 555 Ute Avenue

Please contact Heidi Davidson at (970)549-5114, or at heidid@gjcity.org, to RSVP or with questions.

Crash Causes Significant Damage to Building on Horizon Ct #GVCopBeat #GVTraffic

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Shortly before 8:00am this morning, the Grand Junction Police Department responded to Horizon Court on a report of a car that had crashed through an office building. 

Upon arrival, officers discovered that a white SUV had traveled through the parking lot, striking a parked, unoccupied passenger car, and pushed the passenger car into the building. The driver and sole occupant of the SUV was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries. The office that was damaged was also unoccupied at the time of the crash, and there were no other injuries. 

 

Theft of a Wallet…#MCCrimeStoppers Needs Your Help Identifying a Suspect! #GVCopBeat

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Crime Stoppers is requesting information that will lead to the identification of the suspect involved in a theft. Shortly after 3:35 p.m. on Thursday, December 18, 2014 the victim lost his
wallet at Bookcliff Gas & Grocery located at 2896 North Avenue. Surveillance video captured a male subject picking up the wallet from the floor and taking it inside the bathroom. The male exited the store without any attempt of returning the lost wallet to the store clerk. The surveillance photo of the suspect can be viewed at http://www.241STOP.com.

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the subject involved in this crime, please contact Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information, see us at http://www.241stop.com .                      2014-00071281

GJPD Achieves Notable Designation #GVCopBeat

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BadgeNew-OfficerThe Grand Junction Police Department is pleased to announce that we have once again achieved Professional Standards Accreditation from the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP).  Our department first achieved CACP accreditation in 1996, but must undergo a review every five years.

The Professional Standards Accreditation program through CACP is an acknowledgement that a law enforcement agency has documented operations, policies, and procedures in place that clearly define the role of a peace officer, and that enhance the quality of services provided.  In order to achieve this accreditation, the Grand Junction Police Department had to meet over 200 established professional standards, which were verified by an on-site assessment by two law enforcement officials from other jurisdictions.  Our agency met or exceeded all the established standards, which included ethics, organization, crime prevention, and operations, among others.  Out of 239 law enforcement agencies in Colorado, the Grand Junction Police Department is one of only 43 accredited organizations.

“This is not an easy process, and it involves a lot of work and commitment by the entire department,” says Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper.  “We’re very proud of the dedication of our staff to providing quality law enforcement services to our community.”

The public is welcome to attend the presentation of the accreditation plaque during the City Council meeting at City Hall on Wednesday, August 19, at 7:00pm.