The Grand Junction Police Department held our annual badge pinning and promotional ceremony this afternoon. We were also pleased to honor 15 employees who are celebrating years of service anniversaries in 2018, ranging from five years with our agency all the way up to one employee who has been with us for 35 years. Congratulations to Bev Lindsay, who spent 34 years with the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center before deciding to try something new when she moved to our Records division earlier this year!
We are also pleased to welcome the seven newest members to our police family; Officer Will Pena, Officer Nate Ralston, Officer Elijah Brito, Officer Shane Long, Officer Chris Wood, Officer Bryce Raber, and Officer Bryan Espinosa. It’s so special to get to celebrate the badge pinning of new officers with their proud loved ones. Each of these officers brings a range of life and professional experience with them to the job, and we look forward to the contributions they’ll make to this community.
We also celebrated several promotions today. Trent Rundquist has been selected as our new Crime Lab Supervisor. Trent has worked for the GJPD as a criminalist, primarily assigned to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation lab, since 2007. Trent is a certified latent print examiner and crime scene technician, and served as the technical lead for the CBI’s latent print, footwear, and tire section from 2012-2017. Earlier this year, Trent was recognized by the Rocky Mountain Division of the International Association for Identification with an Outstanding Achievement Award for his work with various training and procedural issues. We are so fortunate to have highly skilled leaders like Trent at the GJPD!
Additionally, we were able to promote three sergeants with our organization to the position of commander. Bill Baker has been with the Grand Junction Police Department since 1997, serving with the Montrose Police Department before joining us. Bill has experience as motor officer during his tenure with us, and is also a certified firing range officer. Bill is also an experienced detective, working with and supervising our Investigations division for over 10 years. Recently, Bill has been instrumental in implenting tools to enhance internal communication among staff, providing a more efficient workflow. He will be serving as a patrol commander.
Shawn Hasty started his law enforcement career as a sheriff’s deputy in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1994. He came to the Grand Junction Police Department in 1998. Shawn has a long list of specialized service in our agency. He served as a field training officer and a corporal before being promoted to sergeant in 2011. He served on the Drug Task Force for nine years, half of that time as a supervisor. He is currently a SWAT team leader, a defensive tactics instructor, a firearms instructor, and a patrol tactics instructor. He will also be serving as a patrol commander.
Clint Newton joined the GJPD in 2003, serving at both the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office prior to that. Clint served on our SWAT team for eight years, and spent seven years as a detective for the Drug Task Force. Clint was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2015, and served as the sergeant of both the Persons and Property Crimes divisions in our Investigations unit for the last two years. Clint will continue his assignment in Investigations, serving as the commander.
“The internal talent in this agency never ceases to amaze me. With experienced supervisors like the ones we promoted today, we are setting our organization up for future success for years to come,” says Chief Doug Shoemaker. “Celebrating employment anniversaries and honoring our newest officers at their badge pinnings is a reminder that we’re moving in the right direction and we’re creating a culture of excellence at the Grand Junction Police Department that we can all be proud to be a part of.”