Arrest Made in Thursday Night Shooting #GVCopBeat

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cuffsLast night, shortly before 9:30pm, a reporting party called 911, stating that he had shot his friend accidentally, claiming he believed the gun was unloaded.  Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department arrived at the residence in the 2100 Block of N 17th Circle and found a deceased adult male inside the residence with the reporting party. We believe that the victim and the reporting party were the only two people inside the residence at the time of the incident.

Ultimately, Robert Pickford, age 24, was arrested and booked into the Mesa County Jail for Manslaughter, a class 4 felony.  The investigation into the details of this incident is still very active and ongoing.

The identity of the victim will be released by the Mesa County Coroner’s Office, pending notification of family members.


Do You Recognize This Bike Thief? #GVCopBeat #MCCrimeStoppers

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Crime Stoppers LogoThis week Crime Stoppers needs your help to identify and locate a male subject involved in a theft.

Shortly after 2:50 a.m. on Wednesday, August 23rd a black and gray “Specialized Rockhopper Comp” bicycle with 29” tires was stolen from the east bike rack of Pinon Hall at Colorado Mesa University. The total estimated property loss is over $800. The surveillance photo of the male subject can be viewed at http://www.241stop.com.

If you know 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 http://www.241stop.com.

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Sex, Drugs, and Alcohol: A Student Safety Presentation #ShareGJ

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StudentsAs parents, there are few things that we value above the health and safety of our children.  Any parent of a high school or college bound son or daughter knows the concern that the influence of peers often outweighs mom’s or dad’s input.

The Grand Junction Police Department would like to invite parents, as well as high school and college age young adults, to join us for a frank discussion about how we can equip our young people to make safe, smart choices that can help protect them and their friends.  Sergeant Suzette Freidenberger, a 15 year veteran of the Grand Junction Police Department, offers a candid presentation about how to navigate the many choices with which young people are confronted.  In settings where alcohol and/or drugs are present, an ill-considered choice can have long term consequences.  We will be joined by a panel of guests, including health care professionals, school resource officers, and other invested community members.

It is important to empower our sons and daughters to recognize these serious circumstances and be ready to make sound decisions that can protect them and their peers.  Parents, please know that this will be a candid discussion, with graphic language and content.  It is strongly recommended that parents plan to attend with their high school and college age children, and be part of the conversation.

When: Thursday, September 14, 6:30pm

Where: Grand Junction Police Department, 555 Ute Avenue

Please contact Heidi Davidson at (970)549-5114, or at heidid@gjcity.org, to RSVP or with questions.


Bats, Bags, and Beans! #ShareGJ

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BBB WEB BANNER2017We are so excited to be partnering with MBC Grand Broadcasting, Inc., Critical Nurse Staffing, Inc., and Grand Junction Parks and Recreation to host the first annual Bats, Bags, and Beans fundraising event!

Bats, Bags, and Beans is a softball tournament (we’ll be playing with a 16″ softball!), a corn hole tournament, and a chili cook-off, all to raise money for our annual Shop with a Cop program, as well as the Grand Junction Fire Fighters Foundation.  If you have lived in the Grand Valley for any length of time, you’re likely familiar with this beloved holiday program, where we provide opportunities for local 5th grade students to shop for Christmas gifts for their families and friends, when they otherwise would not have the means to do so.  We very much want to expand this program to include more local elementary schools, and we need to raise funds to make it happen!

Here’s the details: we’re asking the community to get together co-ed softball teams, corn hole teams, or chili competition teams.  The event will be held at Canyon View Park on Saturday, September 16.  Members of the community will compete against first responder teams from the GJPD, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, the Grand Junction Fire Department, the Colorado State Patrol, and other public safety agencies in Mesa County, as well as other community teams.  There will be prizes, a silent auction, a home run derby, and a full day of fun to raise money for these worthy causes.

Click here to register and get more information; scroll down to the event that says, “Softball – Bats, Bags, and Beans Tournament,” and then click on the button in the right hand column that says “More (4)” to see the full list of events for which you can register.  Registration deadline is September 11, so get your team together today and help us make this event a success!

Seeking Information on Robbery Suspects #GVCopBeat #MCCrimeStoppers

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Crime Stoppers LogoThe Fruita Police Department is requesting your help to identify one of the two male subjects involved in a robbery.

About 7 p.m. on Monday, August 14th two males entered the Fruita Co-Op located at 1650 Hwy 6 & 50 and attempted to leave the business without paying for items concealed in their clothing. When store employees approached them, a struggle began and two employees were injured.

The first subject, wearing a gray t-shirt, was located and arrested later that night. The second subject is described as a white male about 5’10” tall, 150 to 170 pounds, with earrings in both ears and multiple tattoos on both arms. He was last seen wearing a #33 blue and white jersey, white shorts and a blue baseball cap. He was walking eastbound on the sidewalk in front of the Fruita True Value on August 15th. Photos of suspects can be viewed at http://www.241stop.com.

If you know the identity or whereabouts 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 http://www.241stop.com.

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“Seven Days and 89 Miles of River to See Something Amazing Grow Out of Tragedy” #GVCopBeat

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COPS logoLast week, the Grand Junction Police Department was once again honored to host the C.O.P.S. kids. Concerns of Police Survivors is a non-profit organization that provides support and resources to the families of officers who are killed in the line of duty.

Each year, C.O.P.S. hosts an Outward Bound Adventure, taking kids ranging in age from 15-20 on a white water rafting trip along the Colorado River. Each of these kids have lost a law enforcement parent in the line of duty.

The kids and mentors meet in Grand Junction prior to their trip, coming in from all over the United States. Our Community Resource Unit, with the assistance of local law enforcement agencies and business partnerships, arranges for transportation to and from the airport, hotel accommodations, and meals.  This year, we also took the kids to Get Air at the Silo for a fun evening outing. The Grand Junction Police Department has been participating in this program for well over ten years.

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Deputy Mark Johnson, Shawna Gilbert, Officer Dave Godwin, Brigitte Wendel, Sean Strzalkowski, and Kayla French, mentors for COPS Outward Bound Adventure


For the first time this year, we were especially honored to be able to send mentors on the trip. Officer Dave Godwin, of the Grand Junction Police Department, as well as Deputy Mark Johnson, of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, both joined the kids on the week-long excursion as chaperones.


“I had seven days and 89 miles of river to see something amazing grow out of tragedy,” said Officer Godwin of the experience. “A week on the Colorado with those kids was a life altering event that I will cherish forever.”

As we’ve said before, the C.O.P.S. kids feel like every cop’s kids, and we feel so fortunate to get to play a small role in this wonderful program.

We’d like to give a special thanks to the businesses that donated and deeply discounted their services and products to help us make our guests feel welcomed to Grand Junction; thank you to Famous Dave’s, Chick-Fil-A, McAlister’s Deli, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, Get Air at the Silo, and Wal-Mart. Your generosity helps to make our participation in this program possible.

Concerns of Police Survivors is a non-profit organization that provides a myriad of services to families that have experienced a line of duty death. They are funded by grants and donations.  Should you feel moved to contribute to this incredibly worthy cause, check out their website here.

GJPD Employee Receives Statewide Recognition #GVCopBeat

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Corporal Piotrowski with Chief Camper at the CACP Awards Banquet

The Grand Junction Police Department is pleased to share that the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police selected an employee of our agency to receive recognition at their annual conference in Colorado Springs last month.


Corporal Ryan Piotrowski was awarded the CACP Valor Award, which can be earned by an officer whose actions save human lives. Corporal Piotrowski was selected for this honor as a result of the leadership and courage he displayed during a hostage incident in Grand Junction in September of last year. Corporal Piotrowski was the supervisor on duty when a suspect barricaded himself in a house, holding two young children hostage. After numerous unsuccessful attempts to speak with the suspect and confirm the welfare of the children, Corporal Piotrowski and other officers forced entry into the home and located the suspect holding knives to the throats of the two children. Corporal Piotrowski fired several rounds, striking the suspect and killing him. The children were immediately removed, without sustaining physical injury, and were reunited with their mother.

Commander Robert Russell of the GJPD adds, “Ultimately, Ryan’s decision making skills displayed a level of courage and compassion not often seen, which resulted in the saving of two young lives.”

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Corporal Piotrowski with Acting FBI Director, Andrew McCabe

The awards were presented at the CACP banquet late last month in Colorado Springs. The banquet was attended by police chiefs and law enforcement personnel from across the state, as well as Corporal Piotrowski’s brother, who is a detective for a Colorado law enforcement agency. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe was also in attendance.


Congratulations, Ryan! You are an outstanding representative of the quality of employees we have at the GJPD, and we’re fortunate to have you here.