Trying to ID Victims

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GJPD Trying to Identify Theft from Auto Victims

Case # 11-53604

  GRAND JUNCTION, Colo –  The Grand Junction Police Department is trying to identify all of the victims in a theft from autos investigation.  On Friday, November 4 from about 10pm to 4am, a 17-year-old boy is suspected of breaking into several cars and stealing items that were inside.  That teenage has since been arrested.  At this point in our investigation we have identified a couple of victims of this crime, however we believe there are possibly at least a dozen more people who have not come forward, or who are not aware they are victims.  The suspect did not damage any of the vehicles during his thefts, and instead only targeted unlocked cars.  Because there was no damage, we believe victims may not have realized yet that they are missing items that were in their cars.

 We believe the area where these thefts took place is approximately between 15th St. and 28th St., and between Belford Ave. and Grand Ave.  Vehicle owners in that area should check for items missing from their glove boxes and storage compartments, as well as any purses or bags they keep stored in their vehicles.  We have recovered several items we believe were stolen during this crime and would like to return them to their owners.  Victims can stop by the police department at 625 Ute Ave. to make a report, or call 242-6707.

Auto Theft Task Force Update

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Auto Theft Task Force Trophy

Less than two years since it was first put into operation in Mesa County, the Western Colorado Auto Theft Task Force (WCATT) is receiving statewide recognition for its efforts.  In October the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority awarded WCATT the Team Achievement Award, choosing it above all other task forces in the state.

 During the first six months of 2011 WCATT has recovered 17 stolen vehicles with a total estimated value of those recoveries at about $159,000.  The task force is also credited with 12 felony arrests through June of this year related to auto theft.

 “We are very grateful for this recognition,” said Sgt. Stan Ancell, WCATT Supervisor.  “We’ve been working very proactively to combat auto theft in our area before it becomes a larger problem”

Four local law enforcement agencies and the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office make up the WCATT to combat auto theft in Mesa County.  This effort is thanks to a 2010 grant from the Colorado Department of Public Safety.  The agencies include the Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol, Fruita Police Department, and Mesa County District Attorney’s Office.  A total of 6 people, with representatives from each agency, make up the task force.

Mesa County has the 10th highest number of auto thefts in the state.  From 2000 to 2008 the theft rate in the 21st Judicial District, which represents Mesa County, has increased from 1.18% to 2.39% of all auto thefts in Colorado.

Cooperation across jurisdictions is the key to combating today’s highly mobile auto theft suspects.  The combined efforts that lead to the formation of the WCATT is part of an overwhelming consensus that a cooperative effort among all the agencies in Mesa County is needed to make a substantial impact and make the most of limited resources. 

For more information about auto theft prevention visit www.lockdownyourcar.org.

Real Men Speak Out Against Domestic Violence

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On the heels of a fun race this weekend to raise money for Latimer House, GJPD Sgt. Lonnie Chavez, who is very involved with the fight against domestic violence, will be one of the men featured in the Mesa County Domestic Violence Task Force’s new campaign: Real Men Speak Out Against Domestic Violence.

We are grateful for all of the work Sgt. Chavez does for our community, and hope you will be able to see the unveiling of this campaign on Friday, Oct. 7th at the Mesa Mall.  It will include a gallery of portraits from 16 prominent men in the community, including Sgt. Chavez.

Learn How to Prevent Underage Drinking

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Many parents struggle with how to prevent their teenagers from drinking alcohol.  Unfortunately, many teenagers also choose to break the law regarding consumption of alcohol.  Combined, these situations often lead to dangerous and deadly decisions by our youth.

To help combat this, the Grand Junction Police Department is teaming up with Mesa County Partners, the City Attorney’s Office, Colorado Mesa University, and State Probation to teach parents and their teenagers what the law is regarding underage drinking, what can happen if teens break it, and how adults can help prevent it.

The presentation is open to all parents and teens, and will provide those in attendance with pro-active ways to help teens choose personal empowerment and positive choices over underage drinking.

 WHAT: Underage Drinking Prevention Presentation

WHEN: Wednesday, October 12,  5:30pm- 6:30pm

WHERE: City Hall Auditorium, 250 N 5th St.

 The presentation is FREE and no registration is required.

 Here is a flyer with more details: 10-04-2011 Underage Drinking Presentation

Dispatcher Pride

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Grand Junction Regional Communication Center Wins Statewide Award

Comm. Ctr. Manager Monica Million Also Honored

 

The Grand Junction Regional Communication Center

There’s a lot of pride filling the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center.  That’s the official title for the 911 dispatch center located here in the Police Department and the folks who answer the phone when you call with an emergency.

The pride comes from the fact that last week the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center was named Communication Center of the Year for the State of Colorado.  The award is given by the Colorado chapter of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO).  It is based on nominations for centers across the state and then voted upon by the APCO board members.  This is a very prestigious achievement and it is the first time the GJRCC has been selected for the award.  They will now be in the running for the national Communication Center of the Year.

The pride doesn’t stop there.  GJRCC Manager Monica Million was also honored as the Colorado APCO/NENA Communication Center Manager of the Year.  She too will now be in the running for the national award of the same name.

Police Chief John Camper knows these folks work tremendously hard to keep their skills honed so they can offer the best service to people in Mesa County, and he’s glad that hard work is getting them some well deserved attention.

“We have long known that our GJRCC employees are 100% dedicated to the safety of our emergency services personnel.  These awards recognize that dedication, as well as their skill, their professionalism, and their commitment to outstanding service to our citizens,” he said.

GJRCC Background:

The Grand Junction Regional Communication Center is a 24 hour, 365 day a year operation, responsible for answering 911 and non-emergency calls, which average about 1000 per day.  The GJRCC is located in the Grand Junction Police Department and has a staff of 47 telecommunicators and supervisors who dispatch for 10 law enforcement and 12 fire/EMS agencies in Mesa County, as well as the Grand Junction Regional Airport. 

The Incident Dispatch Team, which is comprised of members of the GJRCC, responds to

The IDT Mobile Communication Vehicle

large incidents in the Mobile Communication Vehicle and provides on scene dispatch support. Since 2007, when the GJRCC first acquired the Mobile Communication Vehicle, the Incident Dispatch Team has provided support for Country Jam, Rock Jam, Fruita fireworks night, and the Air Show.  The team has also responded to many unplanned incidents, including search and rescues in the surrounding mountains, wildfires, major accidents on the interstate, and many others.

More information about the GJRCC can be found on our website, where you can also Learn About A Day in the Life of a 911 Telecommunicator.

Help Keep Kids Safe

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A GJPD Traffic Officer looks for school zone speeders on 7th St.

Flashing yellow lights will be joining red and blue as school zones become active again for the new school year.  Students across Mesa County are returning to school this week, and that means officers and deputies will be watching for speeders in school zones. 

 This year the new school zone at Caprock Academy in the 700 block of 24 ½ Rd. is included, where the speed has been reduced from 45 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour during posted arrival and release times.  Instead of flashing lights, the Caprock times are printed directly below the school zone sign.

School zones are an important tool when it comes to keeping our kids safe.  Because of this, the Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office have zero tolerance for drivers who ignore the posted signs and don’t slow down in these areas.  We also ask drivers to be alert for kids walking and riding bicycles to and from school, regardless if they are in a school zone or not.

 School Zone Fines:

Speeding 1-4 MPH over in a posted School Zone          $120.00   0 Points

Speeding 5-9 MPH over in a posted School Zone          $140.00   1 Point

Speeding 10-19 MPH over in a posted School Zone      $270.00   4 Points

Speeding 20 or more over in a posted School Zone       Mandatory court appearance and 6 points

Have You Seen Jonathan Kelley?

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Jonathan Keith Kelley

We are asking for the public’s help in finding this man, 53-year-old Jonathan Keith Kelley.  Jonathan left his house that morning in his vehicle, went to work, but never returned home.  We are concerned for his safety.

 Jonathan is a white man, with black hair and brown eyes.  He’s 6 feet tall and weighs 175 pounds.  He was driving a white Ford F250 truck with a white camper shell and Colorado license plate 978LWX.

 If you have seen Jonathan or know where either he is, or where his vehicle is, please call 244-3598.