Police Week Preps Underway at GJPD- Community Invited to Participate in Upcoming Events #GVCopBeat #PoliceWeek #gjco
Thank you to our City colleagues in our Facilities and Parks and Recreation Departments. They were up early this morning hanging a 20 foot banner on the front of our building in honor of National Police Week.
National Police Week is May 11-17 this year, and your local law enforcement agencies have a couple of family friendly, FREE events. The events are being held at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office this year (215 Rice St):
Monday, May 12 at 7:30pm- Flag ceremony with the Honor Guard
Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30pm- Touch a truck (tour our specialized vehicles), immediately followed by the annual Memorial Vigil.
We have more details on these events in a previous post.
We hope you and your family will join us!
GJ City Council Proclaims May 11-17 Police Week- Highlights Upcoming Community Events #GVCopBeat #gjco
Tonight Police Chief John Camper thanked the Grand Junction City Council for their support of local law enforcement after the Council declared May 11-17, 2014 as Police Week in the City of Grand Junction. Councilmember Barbara Traylor Smith read the proclamation, which recognized the 111 men and women in law enforcement who were killed in the line of duty nationwide in 2013.
There are several community events planned during Police Week and we would love to see you there. Get more information here.
GJPD School Resource Officer Jeff Grady Recognized by the Red Cross as a “Hero of Western Colorado” #GVCopBeat #gjco
Congratulations to School Resource Officer Jeff Grady on his Heroes of Western Colorado award from the American Red Cross. We are proud to have Ofc. Grady as a member of our department, and grateful for his dedication to the youth in our community.
See what others have to say about Ofc. Grady in this news story from KJCT.
Grand Valley Residents Invited to Participate in National Police Week 2014 #GVCopBeat #gjco #mesacounty
Each May we honor the men and women in law enforcement who were killed in the line of duty the previous year during National Police Week. This year that week is May 11-17, and your local law enforcement agencies are inviting you to join us as we honor the 111 law enforcement officers who were killed in 2013.
There are several public events you can attend that are great for the whole family. The first is a flag ceremony on Monday, May 12 at 7:30am at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. The Honor Guard will lower the flag to half staff in front of their building. Then on Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30pm, also at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, we will hold our annual Touch-a-Truck, where you can climb inside some of our specialized vehicles such as the SWAT BearCat, Bomb Squad truck, and Mobile Communication Vehicle. That will be followed by our annual Memorial Vigil starting at 7:30pm, which includes the Combined Honor Guard presentation, rifle salute, bagpipes, and more.
During Police Week, you will also see people wearing blue ribbons and shining blue lights on their homes and businesses. We will have blue ribbons available in our lobby. Feel free to swing by one up to wear that week.
This is a very busy time of year for community events in Mesa County that also involve your local law enforcement agencies. One that has a long history in our community is the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), which raises money and awareness for Special Olympics Colorado.
The name LETR is somewhat of a misnomer, because we do much more than running. In fact, we are hoping you will join us on May 24 as we run, walk, and ride with the Special Olympics torch in the name of our fantastic local athletes. Here’s a quick video of what those events looked like last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxYD2ersy2o
There are two separate events that day, and we encourage you to participate in any way you can. The first is the Mesa County LETR Torch Run/Walk 5K. This fun event takes of from the Botanical Gardens at 10am (registration starts the day of the event at 8:30am). The cost is $30 and all participants receive a T-shirt. Contact Deputy Chad Williams for more information at 970-986-1187. Download the flyer here.
Later that day is the annual Flame of Hope motorcycle escort, where Western Slope motorcycle riders meet Front Range riders in Glenwood Springs to escort the Special Olympics torch to Grand Junction. This is in preparation for the Special Olympics Summer Games that take place here in Grand Junction at the end of the month. Western Slope riders will gather at the Aspen Valley Harley Davidson store in Glenwood Springs to receive the torch, and depart for Grand Junction at 2pm. The ride ends at the Grand Junction Harley Davidson store, where participants will be treated to a BBQ dinner and a chance to win prizes totaling $900. Riders will also receive T-shirts. The cost of this event is $30 per rider and $20 for each passenger. Register online in advance at http://soco.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1107311 . For more information contact Capt. Don Hendricks at 970-244-3907. Download the flyer here.
These events truly are fun for those who participate, both for law enforcement and the community in general. The athletes we support have a way of finding a special spot in your heart. We hope to see you on May 24.
Yesterday, CMU President Tim Foster presented Sgt. Pua Utu with a plaque, recognizing his outstanding service to the CMU campus community. For the last five years, Sgt. Utu has led our CMU Campus Police Unit, which provides law enforcement services to the university and works tirelessly to keep the men and women there safe. During his time in this assignment Sgt. Utu has worked hard to foster good working relationships with both the CMU students and the staff and faculty, which is essential when it comes to preventing crime as well as dealing with incidents when they happen.
We too are very proud of the service Sgt. Utu has provided, and thank CMU for its recognition of his dedicated service.
This week Crime Stoppers of Mesa County needs your help in locating the suspects involved in a theft and fraud.
Between Tuesday, January 28th and Monday February 3rd, unknown subjects used a lost credit card and made multiple unlawful transactions, in excess of $8,000. The subjects were last seen in a newer silver Dodge car, possibly an Avenger with partial license plate of 543-??? The surveillance photos of the male subjects can be viewed at www.241stop.com.
If you know the identity or location 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 www.241stop.com
GJPD # 14-7086
MESA COUNTY, Colo – On April 28, 2014 the Western Colorado Drug Task Force executed three search warrants in Mesa County, following an investigation that began four months ago. The result is the arrest of multiple people. The investigation centered on illegal drugs and guns. The WCDTF received assistance during the takedown from several units from both the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office including the agencies’ Street Crimes Units, SWAT teams, and patrol officers and deputies
The arrested suspects are:
- Anthony Sanchez of Grand Junction (DOB 4/5/1984)
- David Perez-Garcia of Grand Junction (DOB 11/28/1980)
- Alejandro Perez-Garcia of Pamona, CA (DOB 10/23/1982)
- Anthony Danny Perez of San Bernadino, CA (DOB 3/15/1985)
- Steven Madrigal of Grand Junction (DOB 5/25/1989)
At this time, all of the court documents associated with the case have been sealed by a judge, so no further information is available for release. We will update this site when those judge lifts the seal.
Bond updates can be accessed via the Sheriff’s Office website: www.sheriff.mesacounty.us, click on ‘Inmate Inquiry System’.
The booking photo for Steven Madrigal is unavailable at this time.
Download the pdf news release: DTF Arrests 04-30-2014
*Remember* You Can Manage the Weather Alerts that Come Through Our Community Notification System #GVCopBeat #gjco #mesacounty
This week we have received several phone calls from citizens wondering why they are receiving weather alerts through the Community Notification System in the overnight hours. These recent weather alerts have been the result of freeze watches and warnings issued for our county. Understandably, those citizens dislike that they are being woken up by these notifications.
The weather alerts in question are an optional service that is only one small part of our Emergency and Community Notification System. If you are receiving them through our system, it is because you checked the weather alerts box in the list of options for the additional notifications you receive. The good news is there is a very easy fix for those who no longer wish to receive them. Simply go back into the account you created (here’s the link to log in) and look for the My Alerts section. Find the edit button, and then uncheck the box next to weather alerts.
Some of the callers have told us they just want to be taken off the system completely. The problem with doing that is we won’t be able to notify you by cell phone, text, or email when there is an emergency associated with the address you entered. These critical emergency notifications happen less frequently than the optional community notifications you choose, and they are a very important tool for notifying the public during serious situations. You would benefit more by simply removing the types of alerts that are causing you concern, such as the weather alerts.
If you have any questions or are unable to get into your account using the link above, please call us at 970-549-5405.
Also- if you haven’t signed up to receive Emergency and Community Notifications via your cell phone, email, or text message, please consider doing so. It only takes a couple of minutes. Here’s the link to sign up.
This week Crime Stoppers is requesting information that will lead to the identification of the male involved in a burglary.
Shortly after 7 a.m. on Friday, March 21st, deputies responded to a burglary alarm at the Fruitvale Liquor store located at 505 30 Road. Once inside, the male suspect caused property damage and stole various items. The suspect was described as a white or Hispanic male with dark medium length hair and full goatee, approximately 25-35 years old, about 5’8” to 5’10” tall and weighing about 180-220 pounds. He was last seen wearing a long sleeve shirt, pants and a baseball cap.
If you know the identity or location of the subject involved in this crime, please call 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.
MCSO Case # 14-8041
We recognize that the photos are somewhat blurry, but they are the best we have at this time. Please look closely to the small details (hat, face shape, etc) to see if you recognize this person.