This week we wrapped up (literally!) our annual Shop With A Cop events, with eleven more wonderful kids. This time we were at the Mesa Mall, which along with many of the mall stores, made generous donations to each child. When you combine all of the gift cards, free items, and discounts, each shopper made off with a couple hundred dollars worth of presents. On top of that, each child was treated to breakfast at the McDonald’s at the mall and lunch at Chuck E Cheese’s.
The generosity did end there. Not only did the kids have a blast as they cruised the stores buying items for their families, we passed countless other shoppers who happened to be in the mall that day, and many of them were also smiling, as if the joy in the kids’ hearts was contagious to those around them. Some of those other shoppers even opened up their wallets, spontaneously donating ten bucks here, another fifty there.
As we said in our previous post about Shop With A Cop, there are always stories from the kids that we will remember. Whether it be the little girl who had never been to the mall before and really wasn’t sure what it was all about, to the little boy who had never been to McDonald’s before, to the girl who was so excited that she finally had a chance to do something nice for her siblings, each of these kids are so deserving, and we are so fortunate to have been able to spend time with them.
As Christmas nears, we hope that all of you get a chance to experience something similar to what these kids give us every year during Shop With A Cop. And all of that is only possible because of the huge hearts and generosity of businesses and organizations in our community. Thank you to everyone who made the 2013 Shop With A Cop events so successful.
A photo album from this event is posted on our Facebook page.
A link to the KREX news story on this event can be found here.
Local law enforcement SWAT teams will be parked outside the Target wing of the Mesa Mall on Saturday, December 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., collecting toy donations for the local Toys for Tots drive. Toys for Tots organizes and distributes all donated toys locally to families less fortunate. There are many locations to donate this holiday season, but stuffing the Bearcat has become an annual tradition for SWAT members with the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. The Bearcat is a rescue vehicle, shared between local law enforcement agencies. Most recently, the Bearcat was filled with non-perishable and canned foods all donated to the local Vet Center, in an effort to help feed local veterans in need.
If you aren’t able to make it to Mesa Mall this Saturday to drop-off your donated gift(s) to Toys for Tots, you can always leave your donations this week in the bins at the MCSO at 215 Rice Street, and the GJPD at 555 Ute Avenue, both in Grand Junction.
The City of Grand Junction is no longer on Accident Alert. Officers will again be responding to non-injury accidents.
The City of Grand Junction went on Accident Alert status at 10pm on Saturday, December 7 due to the hazardous driving conditions. That means if you are involved in a crash and
- no one is injured
- no one is intoxicated
- no one needs a tow truck
then simply exchange registration, insurance, and contact information with the other drivers and report it to the police department within 48 hours. You can report the crash by stopping by the police department at 555 Ute Ave during business hours, or call 970-242-6707.
We will update this post once the Accident Alert status is canceled.
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“To serve and protect” can mean a lot of things. Often times, when we fulfill that mission, we are the ones who benefit. In fact, it happens every year at this time during our annual Shop With a Cop events.
On Thursday, we had the honor of taking 11 wonderful kids, who were chosen by their schools, shopping at the Rimrock Walmart for our first 2013 Shop With a Cop. We picked them up, treated them to breakfast at McDonald’s, and then hit the aisles, picking out the perfect presents for their loved ones, and even a few things for themselves. The kids each had a list of who they wanted to shop for, and with the help of the Walmart employees who volunteered their time, we filled nearly a dozen carts full of gifts.
Because we do this each year, we have collected a number of stories from the kids. It never fails; at least one of them always says something that goes straight to your heart and shows that these kids know exactly what this time of year is all about. This is this year’s story:
Each kid received a $150 shopping card to cover their purchases. With an officer assigned to each shopper, they kept track of every item that made its way into a cart to make sure the shopper didn’t go over his or her budget. One young man completed his shopping list and asked how much he had left. Sure enough, there was a small amount still available. The child, surrounded by aisles of possible purchases that any kid would love to have for their own, smiled and said to the officer and Walmart employee with him, “Great. Maybe I can get something for you two.”
To see the full photo album of this event, visit us on Facebook.
News coverage of this Shop With a Cop:
This week the Grand Junction Police Department needs your help in locating the suspect involved in a weapons violation.
On Friday, August 23rd between midnight and 4:00 am an unknown subject unlawfully discharged a firearm at a residence in the 2300 block of Gunnison Avenue. The property damage is in excess of $500.
If you know the identity or location 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 www.241stop.com
GJPD # 12-00040330
The City of Grand Junction is on Accident Alert at this time due to the winter weather. That means if you are involved in a crash and
- no one is injured
- no one is intoxicated
- and no one needs a tow truck
then simply exchange registration, insurance, and contact information with the other drivers involved and report it to the police department within 48 hours. You can report it by stopping by the police station at 555 Ute Ave. or by calling 970-242-6707.
We will update this post when Accident Alert status is lifted.
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The Western Colorado Auto Theft Task Force (WCATT), in conjunction with Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT), is reminding drivers to protect themselves from car thieves. Below is important information CAAT issued today:
How fast can a thief steal your car? How about when you leave it warming up unattended?
That’s right—your car, with that telltale “puff” of exhaust signaling a thief, is suddenly “poof”! That’s the safety message Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT) is sending with today’s launch of a statewide winter public awareness campaign warning Colorado drivers about the
dangers of making their cars an easy target for thieves. It’s a catchy, playful message that points to a serious, costly crime problem.
Especially on cold winter mornings, many of us don’t stop to think that the urge to warm up a car—often filled with valuables and even small children—can quickly put you in the middle of a crime that just starts with a stolen vehicle. So-called “puffers” during peak winter months
contribute to Colorado’s auto theft problem that is being fueled by a rise in serious related crimes involving drugs, gangs and organized car theft rings. The Colorado Auto Theft Intelligence Coordination Center (ATICC) reports that auto theft has increased statewide with
11,003 car thefts in 2012, compared to 9,331 in 2011.
“It’s essential to educate Coloradans that auto theft frequently is the gateway to other, serious violent crimes like burglary, identity theft, drug crimes and even homicide,” said Colorado State Patrol Chief Colonel Scott Hernandez. “The seemingly minor act of leaving your car running unattended just opens the door—recent statistics show us crime now rarely stops with a stolen car, and encouraging citizens to do their part to help prevent auto theft is an important step in making Colorado safer.”
“Even if you never leave your car running unattended or always lock it, how often do you see it happen?” says Carole Walker, Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association and CAAT Co-Chair. “Those stolen ‘puffers’ and other vehicles ultimately cost all Colorado drivers through higher insurance premiums.” The average value of a stolen vehicle is about $6,000—this amounts to an estimated $66 million in annual Colorado losses.
For more information on the Lockdown campaign and to see which neighborhoods are auto theft hot spots, visit www.lockdownyourcar.org.
CAAT COALITION PARTNERS
− Beat Auto Theft Through Law Enforcement (BATTLE)
− Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force (MATT)
− Southern Colorado Motor Vehicle Theft Task Force
− Western Colorado Auto Theft Task Force (WCATT)
− East Metro Auto Theft Team (EMATT)
− Commerce City/Thornton/Adams County Auto Theft Prevention Program
− Attorney General’s Auto Theft Prosecution Initiative
− Colorado Auto Theft Investigators (CATI)
− Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT)
− Auto Theft Intelligence Coordination Center (ATICC)
− San Luis Valley
About Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT):
Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT) is a statewide auto theft prevention initiative to raise awareness about the problem and educate the public on what they can do to reduce their chances of falling victim to auto theft. CAAT is a coalition of law enforcement agencies, the Colorado State Patrol, insurance partners, LoJack and AAA Colorado. CAAT and the state auto theft task force efforts are funded in part by the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA).
With weather forecasts calling for a winter storm to hit our area in the next few days we want to be able to provide you with important information such as weather alerts, accident alerts, and road closures in Mesa County. To receive this information, make sure you have signed up for alerts from our Emergency Notification System. It’s easy to do and will only take you a few minutes. Here’s the direct link to the site that will get you started: https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736721759
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