Grand Junction Regional Communication Center Wins Statewide Award
Comm. Ctr. Manager Monica Million Also Honored
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Play close attention to any odd phone calls you may be getting. We received information about a possible scam hitting the area, in which the someone calls potential victims claiming to be from the “City Offices.” We have received one report so far in which the scammer told the potential victim that she has outstanding parking tickets that need to be paid.
Although we ask everyone to take care of unpaid parking tickets immediately, neither the Police Department, nor any other City office calls people telling them they need to pay. If you receive such a call take note of the phone number the person is calling from and then hang up. Do not give any personal information over the phone.
Luckily the one woman who has reported this to us did not give out any information, and therefore was not scammed out of her money. A check of the court system also confirmed that she did not have any unpaid parking tickets.
If anyone has information about this scam they can call the Grand Junction Police Department at 242-6707, call Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP, send the information via the web at www.241stop.com, or text CRIMES to 241STOP and include your tip information. The identity of the person providing the information through Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous.
The Mesa County Coroner’s office has released the identity of the man killed in Wednesday’s fatal crash on I70 near Horizon Dr. Manuel R. Cobo, a 42-year-old male resident of Grand Junction was on his way back from a job in Parachute when the pickup truck he was driving left the roadway and rolled multiple times. Mr. Cobo was wearing a seatbelt. The Cause of Death was Multiple Injuries and the Manner of Death was Accident. Toxicology studies have been ordered and will take approximately four weeks to complete.
The passenger who survived Wednesday’s fatal crash in I70 has been identified as 21-year-old Daniel Gonzalez of Grand Junction. He remains hospitalized with serious injuries. Mr. Gonzalez was partially ejected during the crash and pinned by part of the pickup when it rolled. We do not believe he was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.
We are still trying to determine why the driver went off the road, causing the pickup to roll.
Previously released information can be found here.
Here’s our latest news release regarding an assault investigation:
Assault Update #1
Case # 11-35864
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo – The Grand Junction Police Department is continuing its investigation of a possible assault. We are gathering information and evidence to piece together exactly what lead up to a woman receiving serious injuries.
A possible suspect has been taken into custody. At this point we have not charged him in relation to this morning’s incident, however he has been booked into the jail for parole violations.
If anyone has information about this incident they can call the Grand Junction Police Department at 242-6707, call Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP, send the information via the web at www.241stop.com, or text CRIMES to 241STOP and include your tip information. The identity of the person providing the information will remain anonymous.
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Previously Released Information:
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo – On July 28, 2011 at approximately 0240 hrs, Grand Junction Police officers were dispatched to the area of Northern Way and Patterson Rd. on the report of an unknown problem.
Upon arrival in the area of Northern Way and Patterson Road Officers located a female with injuries from an assault. The victim was known to the suspect, who was taken into custody in the area of Northern Way and Patterson Road.
The suspect and victim’s names are not being released at this time due to the ongoing investigation.
The victim was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of her injuries. It is unknown the extent of the injuries at this time but they do involve serious bodily injury.
Fatal Crash on I70 Near Horizon Dr. Update #1
Case # 11-35743
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo – All lanes of I70, including the on-ramp, are back open again after this afternoon’s fatal crash just west of Horizon Dr. Officers cleared the scene at about 7:50pm. At this time the accident remains under investigation, and neither alcohol nor speed are suspected of being factors in the cause of the crash
The Mesa County Coroner’s Office will release the name of the man who was killed once it has completed its investigation.
Previously Released Information:
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo – The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating a fatal crash that happened just west of Horizon Dr. At about 3:15 this afternoon, a man driving a white pickup was westbound on I70 coming around the curve at Horizon Dr. The driver, who was in the outside lane, went off the right side of the road, struck a light pole, and rolled the truck. The driver died at the scene. Firefighters used equipment to cut away parts of the vehicle that had pinned the passenger, who was partially ejected during the crash. That man was taken to the hospital with what appeared to be serious injuries.
The westbound on-ramp at I70 is closed, as is one lane of westbound I70 while investigators reconstruct the accident and clean up the debris.
The names of those involved in the crash are not being released until family members have been notified.
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