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.

Credit Card Skimmer Device Update #GVCopbeat

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At 8:24 am this morning, officers were dispatched to the Bank of Colorado at 200 Grand Ave in reference to a skimmer device found on the ATM machine.  At the same time, staff from the Bank of Colorado at 2903 Patterson Rd located a skimmer device on the ATM in their drive-up area.  Through video surveillance, officers were able to obtain a description of the suspects involved in placing those devices.

At the Bank of Colorado at 2903 Patterson Rd, the skimmer device appears to have been placed around 5:40 am.  Both suspects were males, twenty to thirty years of age.    The first male was wearing dark colored pants and shoes and a gray hoodie sweatshirt underneath a dark colored jacket.  The second male was wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt, blue jeans, and dark colored shoes.

At the Bank of Colorado at 200 Grand Ave, the skimmer device appears to have been placed around 5:49 am.  Both suspect were males, twenty to thirty years of age.  The first male was wearing a black jacket, white hat, and black pants.  the second male was wearing a black long sleeve shirt, black baseball cap, blue jeans, and white shoes.  Both males were later seen in the area in a black, four door style Honda or Oldsmobile sedan with unknown California license plates.

If you have information on the identity of any of these individuals, please contact the Grand Junction Police Department at 970-242-6707.  If you wish to remain anonymous, you can report the information to Crime Stoppers at 970-241-STOP (7867).

Bank of Colorado: 2903 Patterson Rd

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Bank of Colorado: 200 Grand Ave

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Credit Card Skimmer in Grand Junction #GVCopBeat #MesaCounty

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The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating the placement of two credit card skimmer devices at local banks.  These devices read the credit and or debit card magnetic strip, allowing the skimmer to use the informationIMG_0017 gathered to create a duplicate card for future use.   The locations these skimmers were found were both Banks of Colorado at 200 Grand Avenue and 2903 Patterson Road.

The two devices found so far are identical and are similar to devices found across Colorado and Nebraska.  If you used the ATM at either bank between 5:40 am and 8:00 am, please be aware your card may be compromised and you will need to check your statements closely for unauthorized use.  One of the devices used is pictured here.

If you are responsible for the maintenance of any ATM, please check your ATMs by physically pulling on the face plate where the card is inserted.   If a device is found, do not remove it, secure the ATM and contact your local law enforcement agency by calling 970-242-6707

While this is an isolated incident, it is always a good idea to monitor your account activity if you use ATMs.  Skimmer devices have been around for a number of years but are becoming more commonplace as technology evolves.

For further information, contact Officer Cory Tomps at 970-985-9785

Officers Investigate Crash in the 2800 Block of Orchard Ave #GVCopBeat #GVTraffic

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At about 1:30 pm this afternoon, officers from the Grand Junction Police Department and the Grand Junction Fire Department were dispatched to a crash in the 2800 block of Orchard Ave after a report that a vehicle struck a building.  Investigation revealed a blue passenger car left the roadway and struck a residence in that same location.  The single male occupant of the vehicle was transported to St Mary’s Hospital for minor injuries.  Information at this time indicates the driver was suffering from an unspecified medical condition.2800 Orchard Crash

Warrior Way and Interstate 70 Crash Update #GVCopBeat #GVTraffic

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At about 8:00 am on Sunday, May 24th, the Grand Junction Police Department and Clifton Fire Department were sent to a crash at the intersection of Warrior Way and Interstate 70 Business Loop.  A preliminary investigation showed a black Chevrolet Tahoe was stopped for a red light to make a left hand turn from East bound I-70 B to North bound Warrior Way, when it was struck from behind by a black Jeep Cherokee. 013

The Tahoe was occupied by a single female driver who was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The Jeep was occupied by a single male driver who was pronounced dead on scene.  It is very early into the investigation of this crash therefore names and ages of the drivers is not available.

Drugs and alcohol are being investigated as a possible contributing factor in the crash.

Due to the holiday weekend, no further information related to this crash will be available until Tuesday, May 26th.

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UPDATE: The intersection is now open.

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Crash at Warrior Way and I70B #GVCopBeat #GVTraffic

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Please avoid the area of Warrior Way and East Bound I70B at this time. There has been a vehicle crash and our units are investigating. 

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Interactive Public Safety Map Information #GVCopBeat

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The Grand Junction Police Department in conjunction with the City of Grand Junction Geographical Information System, GIS, recently revamped the Public Safety Map to reflect recent crime within City limits. The map is a resource for residents in the City of Grand Junction and those looking to move within City limits or open a business in Grand Junction. The map is an interactive resource that allows its user to research by a specific address or a broad area.

Citizens can check crimes for the area they wish to see for a wide range of dates,ranging from one month, six months and one year ago. In addition to checking recent crime, people can look for neighborhood watch areas and overlay the crimes for a certain area on the same map. This resource allows it’s user to see how crime rates differ from areas with neighborhood watch and without neighborhood watch.

The Public Safety Map focuses on crime awareness as well as prevention and reporting. For the most recent reported crime, there is an option to be redirected to the Crime Stoppers Web Tip page if the user has information about the crime.

Currently, only Grand Junction Police Department cases are posted to the Public Safety Map. While certain crimes, such as sex crimes, are redacted from the map to protect the victim’s privacy, the following crimes are featured on the map:

– Assault/HarassmentCapture

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– Burglary
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drug– Drug Violations
homicide
– Homicide
Robbery– Robbery
theft from auto
– Theft From Auto
vandalismgraffiti– Vandalism/Graffiti
In addition to crime, the map features hospitals; parking meters, parking lots, liquor licenses, law facilities, police service areas, fire hydrants and water lines, fire stations, fire station areas, fire department service areas, fire districts, fire inspection boundaries, and City limits. If you have any questions about this service or would like to sign up for neighborhood watch, contact Officer Dustin Bovee at 970-549-5339
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Officer’s Name Released #GVCopBeat

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The Grand Junction Police Department is now able to release the name of the officer involved in the shooting that occurred near N.10th Street and Gunnison Avenue on Tuesday, May 19.

Officer Martin Donohue MartinDonohue has nearly 17 years of experience with our agency, and came to us with prior experience at another police agency as well. He is a Patrol Officer, who also serves in a collateral duty assignment handling major traffic accident investigations.

Officer Donohue is currently on Administrative Leave, pending the outcome of an internal investigation, which takes place separately from the criminal investigation being conducted by the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT).

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