This morning more than 100 World War II veterans made the trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials built in their honor. We were again honored to be part of their sendoff, and are excited to be part of their return tomorrow (May 5th) at about 6:15 pm at the Grand Junction Regional Airport. The entire community is invited to welcome the veterans home, so we hope to see you there. It’s a very emotional experience for everyone involved, and the amount of patriotism is awe-inspiring. You can get a sense of what to expect by reading our blog from the last flight, check out our photos from this morning on our Facebook page, or visit the Western Slope Honor Flight website.
It was such a popular event when we did it last fall that we are again partnering with area law enforcement agencies and the DEA to host another Prescription Drug Takeback Day.
Throughout our daily activities at the Police Department we come across people who say, “Really? I didn’t know that!” Often those statements come from people who have just received a parking ticket. To help keep you parking ticket free we will be posting Parking Predicament Prevention tips.
Did you know it is unlawful to park within 5 feet of a driveway, even if it’s your own driveway?
The reason is to increase visibility and to allow a safe space for vehicles entering or leaving driveways.
Hopefully you’ve never had to call 911. When someone calls 911 it’s likely because they are in a crisis, or at least having a very bad day. With that said, if you have ever had to call, or ever need to in the future, you can rest assured that the voice on the line is a highly trained, highly skilled, and highly dedicated telecommunicator (a.k.a. dispatcher) who is there to help you get through your crisis, or your very bad day.
As this week draws to a close, so does National Telecommunicator Week. It’s a few days out of the entire year where we recognize the men and women who are that voice on the line, and whose dedication to this community is displayed every time a person calls 911 for help. When you consider that the 911 lines are staffed every single minute of every single day, a week out of the year doesn’t seem like much, but that doesn’t mean we don’t truly appreciate and value the tremendous work these men and women do. They truly save lives and make what the officers and firefighters do out on the streets possible.
This year, during our annual awards ceremony 7 dispatchers were recognized for their outstanding work and dedication. The award recipients are chosen by their peers who know what these dispatchers face on a daily basis and who see firsthand how these dispatchers handle the intense and stressful situations. The first four awards in the list let us show our fun side, which is important with stressful jobs; the last three on the list recognize those who rise to the top of what they do. We are thankful for all of them, and for all dispatchers who are there when we need them most.
Interesting Facts About 911
- In 2010, the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center (911) received106,741 calls to 911.
- The Communication Center dispatches for 21 agencies across Mesa County.
- There are currently 37 dispatchers and 6 supervisors staffing the Communication Center.
- It takes a dispatcher an average of 12 months to become fully trained.
- According to the National Emergency Number Association, 8% of the population has the skills necessary to become a 911 operator.
- The 2nd week of April was designated National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week in 1991.
- In February 1968 Senator Rankin Fite completed the first 911 call made in the U.S. in Haleyville, AL.
For more information on the origin and history of 911 visit www.nena.org/911-overview-facts
This week KKCO aired their story that we had been helping them with. It’s about geotagging, in which people are using smart phones to snap pictures and then post those picture online. Many people aren’t aware that if you don’t disable the GPS function on your phone when you take a photo, that the latitude, longitude, date, and time for that picture becomes part of the photo’s data. That means when you post that photo online someone can see exactly where and when you took it.
We used the photos in our original “Stay Tuned” blog posting to show the folks at KKCO how this is done. Our detective took the 3 photos of the police department with his smart phone. Then, with a simple EXIF program he downloaded from the internet, we showed KKCO how easy it is to get the geotagging data.
Some of the more popular social networking sites, like Facebook, stip that additional data from the photos before they show up on the sites. The problem is many blog sites do not. Either way, we recommend you use caution when posting photos online, and always make sure you are aware of ALL of the information your pictures contain.
Thanks to KKCO’s Tim Ciesco and Leigh Ashman for helping to educate the public.
Here’s another news story that also helps paint a good picture of what geotagging is capable of revealing.
“CRIME OF THE WEEK”
April 14, 2011
The Grand Junction Police Department needs the public’s help to identify and locate the person(s) involved in a burglary at 683 Horizon Drive. Sometime between 4:00pm and 10:45pm on Tuesday March 15,2011 unknown subjects forced entry into the back door of the My Favorite Muffin store located at 683 Horizon Dr. #109. The subjects stole more than $3000 in property and caused approximately $500 in damage to the business.
If you have any information on this crime or any other crimes, please contact Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information leading to an arrest can earn you up to $1000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information on how to report a crime see us at http://241stop.com/.
GJPD Case Number: 11-012410
The folks at KKCO have asked us to help them with a story they are working on regarding your safety when you are posting online. This vague blog entry is part of the demonstration we will be doing for them. Once they’ve aired their story, which is scheduled for later this week, we’ll give you some more details. Stay Tuned!