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Crime of the Week #GVCopBeat #MCCrimeStoppers

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This week Crime Stoppers of Mesa County needs your help to identify the subjects that used counterfeit United States Currency.

On Thursday, November 8th, two males and one female paid their bill at Chili’s Grill & Bar with counterfeit $20 bills that had oriental markings on the front and back. The subjects were last seen leaving in a Dodge Neon type silver passenger vehicle. A photo of the fake money can be viewed at http://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 http://www.241stop.com.

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Law Enforcement Records Personnel Week Proclaimed in the City of Grand Junction #GVCopBeat

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This evening, the Grand Junction City Council will proclaim the week of November 5th through the 9th as Law Enforcement Records Personnel Week in the City of Grand Junction. It’s the first week of its kind, as ordered by Governor John Hickenlooper this year, and it’s giving communities across the state the opportunity to thank and recognize the backstage work of these essential public safety personnel.

At the Grand Junction Police Department, our eight Records staff play a crucial role in maintaining the level of service our community has come to expect from their local law enforcement. They provide first line customer service and are responsible for a myriad of tasks; from maintaining over 40,000 criminal justice records each year, to being certified in the release of such records in accordance with the Colorado Open Records Act. They also register bikes, provide sex offender registration management, scan and catalog thousands of critical documents, work closely with the District Attorney’s office on prosecution cases, enter local and nationwide warrant information for wanted individuals, maintain a data base of runaways and missing people, process thousands of criminal justice and open records requests each year from citizens, insurance companies, attorneys, and other law enforcement agencies…the list goes on and on.

Perhaps every bit as valuable as their expansive technical expertise is the environment they create for our department. The Records division is the heart of our agency. Situated in the middle of our building, they are the proverbial “water cooler” for our employees; its often where you end up when you want to connect with your co-workers and be reminded that we’re a family. They host potlucks for our staff regularly, they decorate to the hilt for every holiday, they host contests and games for our employees. They created a “shout out” board for our entire staff, providing an outlet to share a kind word of encouragement for a co-worker for a job well done. They take on the role of creating a true sense of morale and engagement for our agency. In any high stress, high demand line of work, the welcoming arms that make a job feel like a family are invaluable.

“Our behind-the-scenes, data crunching crime fighters are unlike any in the state,” says Theresa Jaramillo, the Records manager. “From the work they’re assigned to the unique way in which they make this place feel like a home, you’re guaranteed to walk out of our department laughing or smiling.”

We have said over and over again how grateful and humbled we are by the overwhelming support our first responders enjoy in Mesa County. We want to take this week to make sure that the efforts that occur out of public view to keep our department running smoothly and efficiently are recognized, too. We truly couldn’t do it without them.

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Local Law Enforcement Investigating Recent String of Vehicle Vandalisms #GVCopBeat

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GJPD badge CLEANMesa County SheriffOver the last several days, the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office have received several reports of vehicles being vandalized by what appears to be shots from a BB gun. We’ve received numerous reports involving dozens of vehicles being damaged, ranging from vehicle body damage to broken windows. These incidents have happened in locations all over Mesa County.

Please be sure to call non-emergency dispatch at (970)242-6707 if you believe you might be a victim in one of these incidents. An officer or deputy will contact you as soon as possible to take your report. Further, be vigilant in your neighborhoods. If you see or hear anything suspicious, call 911. Make a mental note of any suspicious vehicles in your neighborhood. Leave porch lights on and, if you park on the street, try to park in a well-lit area.

If you have information or evidence that could lead to the identification of the suspects in these cases, please contact Crime Stoppers at (970)241-STOP. Your information could result in a cash reward of up to $1000.

Arrest Made in Officer Involved Shooting Incident #GVCopBeat

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UPDATE: An arrest has been made in reference to the officer involved shooting that took place in northeast Grand Junction yesterday morning.

After being medically cleared from a hospital in Denver last night, where she was receiving medical care for her injuries, Deziree Fisher, age 40, of Grand Junction, was arrested and remanded to the Denver County Jail. Fisher has been charged with Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (DF4), Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Controlled Substance (DF1), Eluding a Police Officer, Reckless Driving, Resisting Arrest (M2), Tampering with Physical Evidence (F6), and Driving on a Revoked License.

The arrest affidavit in this case has been sealed by the Court.

Fisher is being held in the Denver County Jail, and is pending transport back to Mesa County. No booking photo for Fisher is available at this time.

The Critical Incident Response Team is continuing their investigation into this incident. Previous releases related to this case follow below.

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UPDATE: Criminal charges are pending regarding the incident that ended in an officer involved shooting early this morning in northeast Grand Junction.

The male passenger of the involved vehicle has been cooperative with law enforcement and was interviewed and released. No criminal charges have been filed in reference to his involvement at this time.

The female suspect is currently receiving medical care for her injuries. Criminal charges against her may be forthcoming, pending her medical clearance.

Law enforcement is not currently seeking any additional subjects involved in this incident.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office will be responsible for releasing the name of the deputy involved in this incident. That information is expected to be released in the next 24-48 hours.

As with any ongoing investigation, details are subject to change as the investigation unfolds and interviews are conducted. At this time, members of the Critical Incident Response Team are working collaboratively to speak to witnesses and those involved in the incident, process crime scenes, and evaluate and collect evidence. We will continue to provide timely, relevant information as it becomes available. An update with the most current information is expected to be released tomorrow. The original release follows below.

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Shortly after 4:00 this morning, a trooper with the Colorado State Patrol contacted a vehicle parked in the parking lot of the Rite Aid drugstore at 30 Road and Patterson. The vehicle was occupied by an adult male and an adult female. The vehicle attempted to flee, and a collision occurred with the trooper’s patrol vehicle. The male exited the vehicle and was detained by the trooper, and the female fled the scene in the car.

Deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office located the vehicle nearby and a short pursuit of the vehicle ended near F ¾ Road and 31 Road. Initial reports indicate that a deputy with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office fired a shot that struck the female suspect in the hand. The female was detained and transported to the hospital for injuries that are not expected to be life threatening. The deputy sustained a minor injury to his hand and has been treated and released.

This incident is being investigated by the Critical Incident Response Team. Additional details will be released as they become available.

The Critical Incident Response Team is comprised of the following agencies: Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Fruita Police Department, Palisade Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and Colorado Bureau of Investigation. It is generally activated when a law enforcement agency is involved in a critical incident to ensure a complete and accurate investigation.

Update on CIRT Investigation into Early Morning Officer Involved Shooting #GVCopBeat

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UPDATE: Criminal charges are pending regarding the incident that ended in an officer involved shooting early this morning in northeast Grand Junction.

The male passenger of the involved vehicle has been cooperative with law enforcement and was interviewed and released.  No criminal charges have been filed in reference to his involvement at this time.

The female suspect is currently receiving medical care for her injuries. Criminal charges against her may be forthcoming, pending her medical clearance.

Law enforcement is not currently seeking any additional subjects involved in this incident.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office will be responsible for releasing the name of the deputy involved in this incident.  That information is expected to be released in the next 24-48 hours.

As with any ongoing investigation, details are subject to change as the investigation unfolds and interviews are conducted.  At this time, members of the Critical Incident Response Team are working collaboratively to speak to witnesses and those involved in the incident, process crime scenes, and evaluate and collect evidence.  We will continue to provide timely, relevant information as it becomes available.  An update with the most current information is expected to be released tomorrow.  The original release follows below.

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Shortly after 4:00 this morning, a trooper with the Colorado State Patrol contacted a vehicle parked in the parking lot of the Rite Aid drugstore at 30 Road and Patterson.  The vehicle was occupied by an adult male and an adult female.  The vehicle attempted to flee, and a collision occurred with the trooper’s patrol vehicle.  The male exited the vehicle and was detained by the trooper, and the female fled the scene in the car.

Deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office located the vehicle nearby and a short pursuit of the vehicle ended near F ¾ Road and 31 Road.  Initial reports indicate that a deputy with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office fired a shot that struck the female suspect in the hand.  The female was detained and transported to the hospital for injuries that are not expected to be life threatening.  The deputy sustained a minor injury to his hand and has been treated and released.

This incident is being investigated by the Critical Incident Response Team.  Additional details will be released as they become available.

The Critical Incident Response Team is comprised of the following agencies: Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Fruita Police Department, Palisade Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and Colorado Bureau of Investigation. It is generally activated when a law enforcement agency is involved in a critical incident to ensure a complete and accurate investigation.

CIRT Investigates Early Morning Officer Involved Shooting #GVCopBeat

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Shortly after 4:00 this morning, a trooper with the Colorado State Patrol contacted a vehicle parked in the parking lot of the Rite Aid drugstore at 30 Road and Patterson.  The vehicle was occupied by an adult male and an adult female.  The vehicle attempted to flee, and a collision occurred with the trooper’s patrol vehicle.  The male exited the vehicle and was detained by the trooper, and the female fled the scene in the car.

Deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office located the vehicle nearby and a short pursuit of the vehicle ended near F ¾ Road and 31 Road.  Initial reports indicate that a deputy with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office fired a shot that struck the female suspect in the hand.  The female was detained and transported to the hospital for injuries that are not expected to be life threatening.  The deputy sustained a minor injury to his hand and has been treated and released.

This incident is being investigated by the Critical Incident Response Team.  Additional details will be released as they become available.

The Critical Incident Response Team is comprised of the following agencies: Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Fruita Police Department, Palisade Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and Colorado Bureau of Investigation. It is generally activated when a law enforcement agency is involved in a critical incident to ensure a complete and accurate investigation.

Badge Pinnings, Anniversaries, and Promotions…Oh, My! #GVCopBeat

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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!

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Ralston, Wood, Long, Raber, Brito, Espinosa, and Pena

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.

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Trent Rundquist, Crime Lab Supervisor

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!

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Commander Bill Baker

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.

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Commander Shawn Hasty

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.

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Commander Clint Newton

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.”