Recently, Chief Shoemaker promoted several of our officers into leadership positions throughout the sworn ranks of the Grand Junction Police Department. It’s always gratifying to be able to recognize the exceptional talent within our agency, and to give the opportunity for career growth to those who work so hard for this community. We’re excited to introduce you to our newly promoted leaders in local law enforcement!
Commander Suzette Freidenberger was promoted to the position of Patrol Commander in August. Commander Freidenberger has been with the GJPD for 18 years. Throughout her career, she has worked as a patrol officer, including several years assigned to our substation at Colorado Mesa University, a field training officer, a forensic investigator, a defensive tactics instructor, and a master instructor of Excited Delirium and Agitated Chaotic Events. Commander Freidenberger’s most recent assignment was serving as the sergeant of our Internal Affairs division. She also currently serves on a legislative committee for officer involved shootings.
Sergeant Chris Taylor is a veteran of the United States Air Force. After completing his military service, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration-Finance from Mesa State College. Sergeant Taylor has over 19 years of experience in law enforcement, beginning his career at the Delta County Sheriff’s office as a patrol deputy before joining the GJPD in 2002. During his tenure with our agency, he has worked as a field training officer, a Colorado Mesa University officer, a detective for the Western Colorado Drug Task Force, and a member of the SWAT team. He is currently a member of the GJPD Bomb Squad, a firearms instructor, and a patrol tactics instructor. He was promoted to the position of patrol sergeant in January.
Corporal Pat Bridge was promoted this summer and is currently assigned to patrol. Corporal Bridge served in the United States military for six years prior to joining the GJPD in 2014. He is currently a patrol tactics instructor, a SWAT operator, and a peer support team member. He previously served as a field training officer for our agency and spent several years on the Western Colorado Drug Task Force.
Corporal Michelle Czajkowski was promoted to the position of patrol corporal this spring. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in Forensic Science. Corporal Czjakowski has been employed with the GJPD since 2008, beginning her career as a Police Service Technician. In 2010, she attended the Western Colorado Peace Officers Academy and transferred to our patrol division. Since that time, she has served as a defensive tactics Instructor, a taser instructor, a crisis intervention training coach, and a field training officer. “I love working for this department for so many reasons, but the main reasons are that we work and live in such an amazing community that supports us and we have a spectacular “blue family” dynamic where the camaraderie is second to none,” says Corporal Czajkowski. “I never knew I wanted to work in law enforcement until I did, and now I can’t even imagine doing or being part of anything else.”
Corporal Taylor Schreiner was promoted to the rank of patrol corporal this summer. He has served with the GJPD since 2014, and worked for the Department of Corrections in Sterling for two years prior to coming here. He is a field training officer and a driving instructor. Corporal Schreiner was raised in Grand Junction, graduating from Grand Junction High School and earning a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Northern Colorado.
Corporal Jake Steele was promoted to his supervisory role in our patrol division this summer. Corporal Steele started his career with the Grand Junction Police Department in 2008, spending two years as a Police Service Technician before earning a sponsored position in the Western Colorado Peace Officers Academy and being hired as a patrol officer. He has served as a detective in our investigations division for the last 2 ½ years. Corporal Steele is an instructor of defensive tactics, de-escalation techniques, and patrol tactics. In regards to his work at the GJPD, Corporal Steele says, “I enjoy my work as a police officer because of the professionalism of my coworkers and I truly believe in helping people, but I mostly enjoy working here because of the quality of the community that I work to serve.”
We are incredibly proud of these officers for their commitment to this agency and the community of Grand Junction, and we’re pleased to share their accomplishments! Please join us in congratulating them for this well-deserved recognition.