The Grand Junction Police Department is pleased to announce that longtime volunteer Bill Price has been selected as the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police Citizen Volunteer of the Year. Bill was presented this honor during the CACP conference in Denver on Tuesday, July 21. The conference was attended by over 90 Chiefs of Police from across the state.
Mr. Price has been serving the Grand Junction Police Department for 21 years. Bill has volunteered in many capacities in the Police Department, including Volunteer Patrol, traffic control, and safety fairs. His focus has been with our Evidence section since 1994, where he spends two days every week. Bill has donated almost 10,000 hours of his time to the Grand Junction Police Department over the years, which is the equivalent of nearly five years of full time service. In addition to his time with the Police Department, Bill also serves as a bicycle trail host, patrolling the River Front trails.
Chief Camper offers, “Bill has been vital to the success of our organization. He has been a critical member of our Property/Evidence section for many years, and has helped us maintain the very high standards of that unit. I can’t imagine anyone more deserving of this award, and we’re proud to have him with the Grand Junction Police Department.”
Please join us in thanking Bill for his service to our agency, and our community.
There are examples from across the nation: The Boston Marathon Bombings
Disasters and emergencies can happen anywhere, and although we are fortunate that we have not seen the devastating fires and flooding that our Front Range neighbors have, it doesn’t mean we in Mesa County are immune from major destructive incidents. What if we had a long term power outage during the winter? What if officers were tracking down a suspect at large in your neighborhood? What if a child was missing? The “what if” list goes on and on.
During these incidents, a crucial tool in keeping people safe is the ability to instantly provide the public with critical information. It might be a message telling you to get out of your house now, or to lock the doors and shelter-in-place. Maybe we need to inform those affected by a disaster where to go for shelter, or when they are allowed to return home after an evacuation.
The problem is, emergency responders can’t effectively and efficiently provide you with this critical information unless you take a couple minutes to sign up to receive alerts from our Emergency Notification System.
This system allows the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center (911 dispatchers for all of Mesa County) to send critical alerts to the devices you register, such as your mobile phone or tablet, or perhaps your email. You can receive the messages as text, voicemail, and/or email, and you have complete power over which of your devices gets the messages and in what format. What’s more, you can link your contact information to multiple addresses in Mesa County. That way if there’s an incident near your child’s school, for example, you can know about it while you are at work. Or perhaps you have an elderly parent who lives alone. You can receive alerts involving that address as well. You are able to use this system in a way that best works for you and the people you care about.
As of the end of October 2013, the Emergency Notification System only had about 7,000 people who had signed up. In a county of more than 140,000 people, that’s a very low number. Help us help you be prepared, because emergencies can happen here.
Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and the Grand Junction Police Department Will Join More Than 100 Participating Agencies Across Six Countries to Take to Twitter Nov 1st.
Mesa County, Colo. – On Nov 1, starting at 8 a.m., law enforcement agencies around the world will connect via Twitter to participate in a 24-hour Tweet-a-thon to bring attention to the use of social media by law enforcement. Agencies will tweet using the same hashtag, #poltwt, to create awareness about police work and issues police face as well as to promote the use of social media in policing.
“We use social media to connect directly with the citizens of Mesa County and give them an outlet to connect direct with us,” Sheriff Stan Hilkey said. “Taking our message globally, even for a day, brings awareness to the great things law enforcement does in the Grand Valley.”
“Social Media is an important communication tool for our citizens,” said Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper. “It allows us to push important information out to our community, while also receiving direct feedback and comments from those we serve, so that together we can keep Grand Junction a safe place to live.”
“We have participation from agencies in New Zealand and Kenya all over Europe, Canada and the US.” said Lauri Stevens, founder of LAwS Communications and organizer of the Global Police Tweet-a-thon. “We’re calling attention to the great police work being done globally as well as connecting cops around the world.”
Any agency can join the Tweet-a-thon and tweet any portion of the 24-hour period.
In addition, GJPD and MCSO will use this opportunity to promote #GVCopBeat, which is a local thread for those interested in law enforcement news happening in the Grand Valley.
For more information
The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating a robbery in which a woman’s pet monkey was forcibly taken from her.
Just before 6am today, a woman from Missouri met a man in the parking lot of the La Quinta Inn on Crossroads Blvd. The two had previously agreed to meet so that she could sell the monkey to him. While outside the hotel, the man sprayed the woman in the face with pepper spray, grabbed the pet carrier containing the monkey, and took off on foot. We do not know if he was able to get into a vehicle, or which direction he was heading. The woman was injured during the incident, however those injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.
The woman described the suspect as a middle-eastern male, 35 to 40 years old, 5’5″ tall, thin build, with a short beard. He was wearing glasses, a blue shirt, and possibly a vest.
The monkey is a black cap Capuchin monkey. A picture of the animal is attached. It is illegal to possess this type of animal in Colorado.
If anyone saw anything suspicious in this area this morning, or has more information about this incident, please call 970-242-6707 or Crime Stoppers at 970-241-STOP.
Join us this Saturday, September 14, for our Yard Sale for United Way. All of the items have been donated by Grand Junction Police Department, City of Grand Junction, and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office employees and volunteers. The money we raise goes directly to United Way of Mesa County, which in turn supports local programs that help better our community and those who live here.
We’ll be set up in the dirt parking lot at 7th St. and Pitkin Ave.
Come in the morning for breakfast burritos or swing by in the afternoon for hot dogs, chips and soda pop!
Download the flyer here: GJPD-MCSO-UnitedWayYardSale