“Seven Days and 89 Miles of River to See Something Amazing Grow Out of Tragedy” #GVCopBeat

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COPS logoLast week, the Grand Junction Police Department was once again honored to host the C.O.P.S. kids. Concerns of Police Survivors is a non-profit organization that provides support and resources to the families of officers who are killed in the line of duty.

Each year, C.O.P.S. hosts an Outward Bound Adventure, taking kids ranging in age from 15-20 on a white water rafting trip along the Colorado River. Each of these kids have lost a law enforcement parent in the line of duty.

The kids and mentors meet in Grand Junction prior to their trip, coming in from all over the United States. Our Community Resource Unit, with the assistance of local law enforcement agencies and business partnerships, arranges for transportation to and from the airport, hotel accommodations, and meals.  This year, we also took the kids to Get Air at the Silo for a fun evening outing. The Grand Junction Police Department has been participating in this program for well over ten years.

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Deputy Mark Johnson, Shawna Gilbert, Officer Dave Godwin, Brigitte Wendel, Sean Strzalkowski, and Kayla French, mentors for COPS Outward Bound Adventure


For the first time this year, we were especially honored to be able to send mentors on the trip. Officer Dave Godwin, of the Grand Junction Police Department, as well as Deputy Mark Johnson, of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, both joined the kids on the week-long excursion as chaperones.


“I had seven days and 89 miles of river to see something amazing grow out of tragedy,” said Officer Godwin of the experience. “A week on the Colorado with those kids was a life altering event that I will cherish forever.”

As we’ve said before, the C.O.P.S. kids feel like every cop’s kids, and we feel so fortunate to get to play a small role in this wonderful program.

We’d like to give a special thanks to the businesses that donated and deeply discounted their services and products to help us make our guests feel welcomed to Grand Junction; thank you to Famous Dave’s, Chick-Fil-A, McAlister’s Deli, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, Get Air at the Silo, and Wal-Mart. Your generosity helps to make our participation in this program possible.

Concerns of Police Survivors is a non-profit organization that provides a myriad of services to families that have experienced a line of duty death. They are funded by grants and donations.  Should you feel moved to contribute to this incredibly worthy cause, check out their website here.

GJPD Employee Receives Statewide Recognition #GVCopBeat

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Corporal Piotrowski with Chief Camper at the CACP Awards Banquet

The Grand Junction Police Department is pleased to share that the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police selected an employee of our agency to receive recognition at their annual conference in Colorado Springs last month.


Corporal Ryan Piotrowski was awarded the CACP Valor Award, which can be earned by an officer whose actions save human lives. Corporal Piotrowski was selected for this honor as a result of the leadership and courage he displayed during a hostage incident in Grand Junction in September of last year. Corporal Piotrowski was the supervisor on duty when a suspect barricaded himself in a house, holding two young children hostage. After numerous unsuccessful attempts to speak with the suspect and confirm the welfare of the children, Corporal Piotrowski and other officers forced entry into the home and located the suspect holding knives to the throats of the two children. Corporal Piotrowski fired several rounds, striking the suspect and killing him. The children were immediately removed, without sustaining physical injury, and were reunited with their mother.

Commander Robert Russell of the GJPD adds, “Ultimately, Ryan’s decision making skills displayed a level of courage and compassion not often seen, which resulted in the saving of two young lives.”

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Corporal Piotrowski with Acting FBI Director, Andrew McCabe

The awards were presented at the CACP banquet late last month in Colorado Springs. The banquet was attended by police chiefs and law enforcement personnel from across the state, as well as Corporal Piotrowski’s brother, who is a detective for a Colorado law enforcement agency. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe was also in attendance.


Congratulations, Ryan! You are an outstanding representative of the quality of employees we have at the GJPD, and we’re fortunate to have you here.

Suspect Arrested for Multiple Burglaries #GVCopBeat

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cuffsEarly this morning, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department, along with deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, responded to multiple commercial burglaries.

Throughout the early morning hours, Country Club Liquors, Rib City Grill, and Bookcliff Liquors were burglarized, with property damage and property loss reported at each location. Shortly after the burglary at Bookcliff Liquors, an MCSO deputy observed a male fleeing from the area on foot. The male was later detained in a neighborhood near the business, wearing clothing matching that of the suspect caught on surveillance footage in the other burglaries. Additionally, property reported stolen from Country Club Liquors and Rib City Grill was located in the suspect’s vehicle, which was parked in an area near Bookcliff Liquors.

The male, identified as Tevin Calhoun, age 25, of Utah, was arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Jail on multiple charges of burglary and theft. No booking photo is available for Calhoun at this time.

Calhoun is believed to have discarded a backpack, possibly light blue in color, somewhere in the area of Bookcliff Liquors. Residents in that area are asked to keep an eye out and call law enforcement immediately if a backpack is located on or near their property.

Calhoun is suspected to be connected to several other commercial burglaries that have occurred in Mesa County this month.  This investigation remains active and ongoing, as detectives continue to seek evidence that may possibly link Calhoun to additional crimes in the area.

Looking for Another Credit Card Thief #GVCopBeat #MCCrimeStoppers

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Crime Stoppers LogoThis week Crime Stoppers needs your help to identify and locate the subjects involved in criminal activity.

On Thursday, July 13th, unknown subjects stole a black American Eagle tri-fold wallet from the victim’s golf bag at Bookcliff Country Club, located at 2730 G Road. Shortly thereafter, a credit card from the stolen wallet was used by a male subject at Cabela’s, Target and Best Buy. Cabela’s security cameras captured a white male in his late teens or early 20’s, wearing shorts and a pink Under Armor shirt. The surveillance photo of the suspect can be viewed at http://www.241STOP.com.

If you know the identity or whereabouts 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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Homicide Investigation

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AT 0036 hours on July 15, 2017, Officers were dispatched to the Orchard Mesa City Market at 2770 Hwy 50 for a reported shooting. The reporting party stated her friend had been shot and she was also shot and injured. She reported the suspect had fled from the scene.

Upon arrival Officers found one female to be deceased and the other was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was later located and taken into custody. No other suspects are outstanding.

This is a working investigation and no further information will be released until Monday, July 17, 2017.

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.

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Help Us Fight Back Against Scams #GVCopBeat

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Stop think imageEvery day, we hear from people who have been on the receiving end of phone scams.  A large number of these victims are senior citizens in our community who are being preyed upon by malicious criminals.  In some cases, victims suffer devastating financial losses when they fall into the traps set by these crooks.  We often put out information on our social media channels about these scams and how people can protect themselves.  However, we may be missing a population of people who could benefit from information about how to avoid falling victim to these fraudulent calls.  We’d like to expand the reach of this important message and we’re hoping you may be able to help us.

We’ve created a very simple flyer, intended to be a reminder that these scams are out there all the time, and people need to be savvy and confident in order to protect themselves.  You can access a printable, two sided image of the flyer by clicking here.  The front page provides some reminders about what to do when you receive one of these suspicious calls.  The back side lists a few of the most common types of scams that are reported to us.  The flyer should be posted someplace visible–maybe on the fridge, or right by the phone–as a reminder to stop and think if you receive one of these calls.  Often, high-pressure tactics are used to scare the victim into acting, before they have a chance to think or consult with someone they trust.

If you know someone who you think could benefit from this information, we encourage you to print out the flyer for them.  If you work in a field where you have direct contact with people who might be vulnerable or targeted in these kinds of scams, consider distributing this information to your clients or customers.  We also have flyers printed and available in our lobby if you’d like to stop by and take one…or several!

Not everyone is on Facebook.  We want to make sure that all of our community has access to the information they need in order to best protect themselves.  These scammers continue to come up with new ways to swindle people.  We hope you’ll help us spread the word and prevent one more person from becoming a victim.

Register Your Neighborhood for National Night Out! #GVCopBeat #ShareGJ

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A very popular summer event is returning to Grand Junction!

National Night Out will take place during the evening hours of Tuesday, August 1, in neighborhoods across Grand Junction, and registration is currently underway.

National Night Out is an annual event that helps fight crime in our neighborhoods by building camaraderie and familiarity between neighbors, while also sending a message to criminals that their neighborhoods are willing to fight back against crime.  All Grand Junction neighborhoods who register their National Night Out events with the Grand Junction Police Department will be eligible to have an officer stop by and visit them during the event to provide safety information and answer questions.

What does a National Night Out event look like?

That’s completely up to you and your neighbors.  In years’ past, we’ve seen neighborhoods organize ice cream socials, host pizza parties, have all of the residents bring their BBQs into their driveways for a cookout, or just meet in someone’s yard for cookies and lemonade.  We’ve posted a whole list of possibilities here.  The idea is to customize your neighborhood event so it encourages and invites participation from those who live around you.

How do I register my neighborhood?

Simply visit our National Night Out website.  Please keep in mind that only neighborhoods within the city limits of Grand Junction can register their National Night Out events with this registration link.  Check with your local law enforcement jurisdiction to see if they are participating in NNO events in your area.  Not sure if you live in the city limits of Grand Junction?  You can check here.

How do I know if someone else in my neighborhood has already registered an event for us?

As people register their neighborhoods, the information will show up on our National Night Out website.  There’s a link to see which neighborhoods have registered and who is hosting the event.  You can also call our Community Resource Unit at (970)549-5331 for more information.13902009_10208277466269225_839465298_o

What kinds of things do neighborhoods do during National Night Out?

Are you thinking of hosting an event for your neighborhood?  Get some event ideas here.

Check out some photos from last year’s events on our Facebook page.