#CoffeeWithACop Tomorrow! Join Us! #GVCopBeat ShareGJ

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coffee-with-a-cop-jan-2017The Grand Junction Police Department would like to welcome our community to join us for a Coffee with a Cop event on Saturday, January 21, from 8:30am to 10:30am, at the McDonalds at Mesa Mall (2438 Highway 6 & 50).

The Coffee with a Cop initiative began in Hawthorne, CA, in 2011, and has been adopted by law enforcement agencies in all 50 states, as well as around the world.  The program is intended to provide a way to interact with our community members and to build trust with the citizens we serve.  As Chief Camper often says, “We can’t wait for a crisis to introduce ourselves.”

There is no agenda for our Coffee with a Cop event.  We just encourage people to drop by McDonalds, say hello, ask questions, share concerns, or simply talk about mutual goals we have for our community.  We look forward to meeting you!

Crime of the Week #GVCopBeat #MCCrimeStoppers

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This week Crime Stoppers needs your help to identify the subjects that stole a 50” Vizio 4K TV on Sunday, October 23, 2016 around 1:40 a.m. from Walmart, located at 2545 Rimrock Avenue.

Security cameras captured the image of a white male wearing a gray hoodie with “XD Series” logo on the front and back, with blue jeans and a red and black baseball cap. The male subject fled the store through an emergency door to a waiting black 4-door passenger car. When an employee tried to follow, the driver, who was wearing black mask, pointed a .45 caliber handgun at him, so he returned inside the store. Additional security photos of one of the suspects can be viewed at http://www.241STOP.com.

If you know the identity of the subjects 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 http://www.241stop.com. crime-stoppers-16-64789

GJPD Case# 2016-64789

The Perfect Storm: An Overview #GVCopBeat

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thumbnail_imageThe ice storm that we experienced in Grand Junction on January 9, 2017 was very different from what we typically see here. From what we have been told, this was the first ice storm warning in Grand Junction history. The following are some bullet points to provide some insight into the operations required for this type of severe weather, and also to shed some light on how infrastructure decisions were made during the storm.

  • Based on weather forecasts, the first City of Grand Junction streets crews showed up to begin work at 3 a.m. and all remaining available pieces of equipment were on the streets by 7 a.m.  The City snow removal fleet consists of eleven pieces of equipment with spreaders and plows, broken into eight routes. There is a misconception that City crews plow residential streets. This has never been the case – we simply do not have the resources available to do this. The focus is on the main routes.
  • At just after 7 a.m. on Monday, an accident alert was issued by the Grand Junction Police Department. An accident alert is issued when travel conditions become significantly hazardous, typically due to weather, thereby increasing the call volume into the 9-1-1 Communication Center. When an accident alert is in effect, community members are asked to wait to report minor, non-injury accidents until the accident alert is lifted, usually within 24 hours. This allows public safety personnel to prioritize call responses, and frees up resources for emergency incidents. Community members can also utilize the Colorado State Patrol’s online accident reporting system to file an accident report when an accident alert is in effect.
  • It was apparent by 6 a.m. that additional public safety personnel would be required in order to field the large volume of calls created as a result of the weather conditions. Six telecommunicators were asked to either stay late, or come in early or on their day off to provide more call takers in the Communication Center. The Police Department grave shift patrol team, who end their shift at 7 a.m., was asked to stay late, and the team who begins their shift at noon was asked to come in early. This was in addition to the normal staffing from the day shift patrol team, who came on duty at 7 a.m. Fire Department personnel whose shifts were ending Monday morning were asked to remain on duty for an additional six hours to assist the crews coming on duty with call response.
  • We discovered very quickly that road additives were being diluted by the rain and were becoming ineffective. In addition, when temperatures drop below 25 degrees, salt loses its effectiveness. Further, instant icing on the roadways was creating an insurmountable situation that required us to focus our efforts on getting deicing product to the areas of greatest need.
  • Within a very short time it was determined that this storm was taxing the resources of every emergency response and road maintenance organization, and that travel conditions were not safe.
  • As a result, an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated at the Grand Junction Police Department to coordinate the deployment of resources and to gather information on accidents, call volumes, areas most affected, and impending closures. It was also a place where we could collaborate across City departments as well as collaborate with County, State and School District operations to make decisions.
  • One of the functions of the EOC is to create a central location from which to share consistent messages to the community. Communications personnel from City Administration, the Police Department, and the Fire Department worked together to share information regarding road closures, safety messages, and impact of the storm on various community resources, such as school, local government, and public transit closures. A variety of venues are used in order to reach the largest audience, including social media, news blogs, the City website, and local radio and news stations.
  • The first priority for public safety resources became to respond to accidents/incidents in which there were injured parties. It was not far into the accident alert that the Police Department requested that only emergency calls be made to the 9-1-1 dispatch center. For any incident that did not involve an immediate threat to personal safety or property, community members were asked to wait 24 hours to make their report, or to utilize online reporting resources, in an effort to free up public safety personnel for more critical calls.
  • It is not a frequent occurrence that community members are asked to wait to report incidents to 9-1-1, but this situation presented some unusual circumstances. The 9-1-1 dispatch operation fielded 929 calls between 5 a.m. and 4 p.m., including seventy-four wrecks requiring immediate public safety response. There were also 22 calls to the 911 center between the hours of 6 a.m. and noon reporting falls on the ice, which required response from emergency personnel.
  • The first priority for road crews was (and always is when it snows) to get the most heavily traveled routes addressed first (see snow route priority map here). Efforts were focused on major intersections where the most accidents were taking place or the most reports to 911 were coming in.
  • Through the course of this weather event, the entire City streets division began working alternating twelve-hour shifts to continue to address slick roadways and trouble spots. Ultimately, personnel from the City, County, and State continued to monitor road and weather conditions into the evening, and the accident alert was cancelled at approximately 9 p.m. last night. Road crews worked through the night, in an effort to create safer travel conditions this morning. The events of January 9 were unprecedented in our area. We appreciate the patience and input of those in our community who were affected by the storm, and we continue to strive to provide exceptional service to our community, whether that be through public safety response or street maintenance. We welcome the feedback of our community and feel fortunate that our community was able to weather the storm. As more snow is being predicted for the Grand Valley in the coming days, road crews will be monitoring conditions and responding accordingly.

Update to Accident Alert #GVTraffic

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As of 9:00pm this evening, the City of Grand Junction is no longer under accident alert. Road crews will be at work throughout the night, and we hope for a safer, smoother commute in the morning. We will continue to monitor weather and road conditions, and will notify you here of any updates or changes. Please continue to take appropriate safety precautions for winter driving conditions. Thank you for your patience and cooperation throughout today’s events.

Modified Response for Non-Emergency Incidents #GVCopBeat

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Due to hazardous travel conditions, the Grand Junction Police Department must prioritize call response, in the interest of safety. If you have a non-emergent incident report that is not currently in progress and does not involve threat to safety or property, please wait at least 24 hours to report. You can go to https://rio.ci.grandjct.co.us/default.aspx for some limited online reporting capability.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Treacherous Travel Conditions In and Around Grand Junction #GVTraffic #GVCopbeat

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The City of Grand Junction issued an accident alert this morning shortly after 7:00am.  Due to overnight weather conditions, travel both in town and on the surrounding interstates and highways is hazardous and unsafe.  The Grand Junction Police Department is advising citizens to avoid travel due to unsafe conditions.  If you must be on the road, please be aware that black ice is plentiful, and you must travel well below posted speed limits, allowing ample space between you and other drivers on the road.

Right now, I-70 is closed from Clifton exit 37 to exit 26, near the Loves Truck Stop.  The intersection at Rimrock Drive and Monument Road is also closed.

If you are involved in a minor, non-injury accident, please go online to https://crash.state.co.us to make a report.  If you do not have access to a computer, we are asking you to wait at least 24 hours before calling or coming to the Police Department to make your report, as the icy roads are creating hazardous conditions for first responders, as well.  Accident alert requires us to prioritize call responses.

Please be sure to follow the Grand Junction Police Department on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

Go Behind the Scenes with Our First Responders–Apply for the Citizens Public Safety Academy! #GVCopBeat #ShareGJ

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CPSA Fall 2016Have you ever wondered what a day is like at the Grand Junction Police Department, Fire Department or 911 Communications Center? When you call 911, what happens on the other end of the phone? Is investigating a crime scene really like what you see on TV? What is it like to respond to a fire or medical emergency call? If you have these questions and others, the Citizen’s Public Safety Academy is for you!

This academy will present aspects of police, fire, EMS (Emergency Medical Services) and 911 Communications not generally known to the public. It will also provide insight on how public safety employees make decisions, perform their duties and serve you – our community.

“The CPSA was a worthwhile and enjoyable experience for my husband and me,” says Samantha Swingle, a graduate of the program.  “The opportunity to interact with our area law enforcement and fire departments and learn how they function was very interesting and increased our level of respect for their commitment to our community.  I highly recommend it.”

Classes will take place Thursday nights, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.  The course will be held from February 2nd through May 11th.  There will be one Saturday class on April 29th, from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Space is limited, so turn in your application right away!  The deadline for applications is January 23rd.  Contact Jeannie Lewis at 970-549-5130, or jeanniel@gjcity.org, for more information.