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.

Possible Scam

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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, or text CRIMES to 241STOP and include your tip information.  The identity of the person providing the information through Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous.

Update to Wednesday’s Fatal Crash on I70

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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.