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GJPD Achieves Notable Designation #GVCopBeat

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BadgeNew-OfficerThe Grand Junction Police Department is pleased to announce that we have once again achieved Professional Standards Accreditation from the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP).  Our department first achieved CACP accreditation in 1996, but must undergo a review every five years.

The Professional Standards Accreditation program through CACP is an acknowledgement that a law enforcement agency has documented operations, policies, and procedures in place that clearly define the role of a peace officer, and that enhance the quality of services provided.  In order to achieve this accreditation, the Grand Junction Police Department had to meet over 200 established professional standards, which were verified by an on-site assessment by two law enforcement officials from other jurisdictions.  Our agency met or exceeded all the established standards, which included ethics, organization, crime prevention, and operations, among others.  Out of 239 law enforcement agencies in Colorado, the Grand Junction Police Department is one of only 43 accredited organizations.

“This is not an easy process, and it involves a lot of work and commitment by the entire department,” says Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper.  “We’re very proud of the dedication of our staff to providing quality law enforcement services to our community.”

The public is welcome to attend the presentation of the accreditation plaque during the City Council meeting at City Hall on Wednesday, August 19, at 7:00pm.

Scammers Threatening Local Residents With Arrest In Attempt to Collect Debts #GVCopBeat

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Scam alertThe Grand Junction Police Department, through the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office, has received several reports recently of local residents who appear to be the targets of aggressive or fraudulent debt collectors.  The victims received phone calls from people who claim to be with a debt collection agency.  The callers demand a sum of money and then go on to say that if money isn’t paid the matter will be turned over to the D.A.’s office for criminal prosecution.  In some cases the caller says an arrest warrant has already been issued.  None of these claims are true.

If you receive one of these calls, never give the caller any personal information or bank account information.  Instead, report the call to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by calling their complaint line (855-411-2372) or by  filing the report online here.

Here are some other tips:

  • Ask the caller for his name, company, street address, and telephone number. Tell the caller that you refuse to discuss any debt until you get a written “validation notice.” The notice must include the amount of the debt, the name of the creditor you owe, and your rights under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.  If a caller refuses to give you all of this information, do not pay! Paying a fake debt collector will not always make them go away. They may make up another debt to try to get more money from you.
  • Stop speaking with the caller. If you have the caller’s address, send a letter demanding that the caller stop contacting you, and keep a copy for your files. By law, real debt collectors must stop calling you if you ask them to in writing.
  • Do not give the caller personal financial or other sensitive information. Never give out or confirm personal financial or other sensitive information like your bank account, credit card, or Social Security number unless you know whom you’re dealing with. Scam artists, like fake debt collectors, can use your information to commit identity theft – charging your existing credit cards, opening new credit card, checking, or savings accounts, writing fraudulent checks, or taking out loans in your name.
  • Contact your creditor. If the debt is legitimate – but you think the collector may not be – contact your creditor about the calls. Share the information you have about the suspicious calls and find out who, if anyone, the creditor has authorized to collect the debt.

For more information about this, and other scams circulating through the country, visit the Federal Trade Commission website.

For more information about other types of scams hitting our area, listen to our podcast on The Insider on the GJPD Patrol.

Update: Mesa County Man Connected to Raided Massage Parlor Arrested For False Use of A Social Security Number #GVCopBeat

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Below is a news release that the Department of Justice just put out regarding an arrest of a man connected to yesterday’s raid on the massage parlors:
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
NEWS RELEASE
 
John F. Walsh
United States Attorney, District of Colorado
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 18, 2014
 
MESA COUNTY MAN CONNECTED TO RAIDED MASSAGE PARLOR ARRESTED FOR FALSE USE OF A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
 
Four massage parlors were raided yesterday as part of an ongoing investigation
DENVER – A Mesa County man, Wei Li, age unknown, a resident of Clifton, was arrested without incident at the Balanced Healing Massage and Spa for false use of a Social Security Number, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI, Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office announced.  The defendant appeared this afternoon before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Grand Junction where he was advised of his rights, and the charges pending against him.  Li is due back in court tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.
 
According to the affidavit in support of the Criminal Complaint, on November 15, 2013, Bank of the West provided information regarding banking activity in accounts held by Balanced Healing, which included defendant Wei Li as a co-signer.  According to the investigation, when the Balanced Healing account was opened at the bank by Li and another person, Li presented a signature card, including information that Li stated he resided in Clifton, Colorado.  Li also presented a Washington driver’s license and provided a Social Security Number.  Li represented himself to be an unemployed truck driver and a non-resident alien. 
Further investigation determined that Balanced Healing was in the client massage business and advertised erotic full body massages.  Starting in November 2012 through March 13, 2014, large amounts of cash was deposited in the Balanced Healing’s bank accounts and was used for the defendant and another person’s personal expenses. 
 
During the course of the investigation into possible human trafficking, it was determined from the Social Security Administration (SSA) Office of Inspector General that Li’s Social Security Number/ITIN is not a valid number and has never been issued.  Further, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation determined the ITIN number was also not valid.
Yesterday Li was present at Balanced Healing Massage and Day Spa in Grand Junction during the execution of a federal search warrant.  Li provided a Social Security Card dated 02/19/2014 with a different number, with “Valid for work only with DHS Authorization” written upon it. 
If convicted of false use of a Social Security Number, the defendant faces not more than 5 years imprisonment, and up to a $250,000 fine.
 
This case is being investigated by the FBI, Grand Junction Police Department, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
The defendant is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Heldmyer.
 
A criminal complaint is a probable cause charging document.  Anyone accused of committing a federal felony crime has a Constitutional right to be indicted by a grand jury.
The charges contained in the Criminal Complaint are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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Have You Ever Considered Volunteering With the GJPD? We Have an Upcoming Service Volunteer and Victim Advocate Recruiting Event #GVCopBeat

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IMG_3146The Grand Junction Police Department is currently recruiting people who would like to volunteer with our agency.  On Wednesday, July 16 from 10am-2pm, the GJPD will host a Service Volunteer and Victim Advocate Recruiting Event. It will be held in our training room at 555 Ute Ave.

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Our Service Volunteers help in a number of ways, ranging from data entry and mail delivery, to being part of our Volunteer Patrol and assisting at various scenes.

Our Victim Advocates respond to scenes at the request of police officers to help victims of crime.December 2011 190 For more information about this recruiting event call 549-5130.

Local Law Enforcement Assists FBI With Investigation of Suspected Human Trafficking #GVCopBeat

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IMG_5602The Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate massage parlors in the City of Grand Junction and surrounding Mesa County.  On Tuesday, June 17 the FBI, with assistance from the GJPD and MCSO, executed federal search and seizure warrants as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

The investigation centers on massage parlors where prostitution and possible human trafficking is suspected of taking place.  Part of the ongoing investigation will be to determine where the prostitutes are coming from, and whether these women are unwillingly being trafficked from city to city.

The four locations involved in today’s operation are:DSC03065

  • New Hong Kong Spa (333 North Ave. Unit #18)
  • Oriental Spa (2925 North Ave.)
  • Tokyo Spa (2912 North Ave. #2)
  • Balanced Healing Massage and Spa (3198 F Rd. Suite 106)

 

 

The investigation, which is led by the FBI, also includes the following agencies:

  • Grand Junction Police Department
  • Mesa County Sheriff’s Office
  • Western Colorado Drug Task Force
  • Colorado Trafficking and Organized Crime Coalition
  • Colorado State Patrol
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Internal Revenue Service

The investigation is continuing and we’ll provide more information as it becomes available.

Can You Identify the Bank Robbery Suspect Seen In These Surveillance Photos? #GVCopBeat

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The Grand Junction Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the man in these surveillance photos.  On March 24, 2014, just after 2:00pm, this man walked into the First National Bank at 685 Horizon Dr and demanded money.  He then left the area with an undisclosed amount of cash.

He is described as a white male, approximately 5-feet, nine-inches tall and weighing 230-250 pounds.  He was wearing a white cloth over his face at the time of the robbery.

If you know who this man is please call 970-242-6707.  If you want to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at 970-241-7867 or submit a tip online.

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JUCO Parking and Pedestrian Tips to Help You Enjoy the Game #GVCopBeat #JUCO

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imageThe 2014 JUCO World Series is about to get underway, which means it’s a very exciting time for Grand Junction.  It also means there will be a whole lot of cars in and around Suplizio Field for the next week.  To keep this a fun and safe event, we have some reminders for people trying to get to the games:

  • Get there early– parking is on a first come, first served basis, so get to the stadium early if you want to park in the Lincoln Park parking lot.
  • Please be considerate– make sure your vehicle is between the lines and only take up one space.
  • If the sign says no parking, don’t park there.
  • If you choose to park on a nearby neighborhood street, make sure you aren’t blocking a driveway or fire hydrant.  Residents need to be able to safely enter and exit their driveways.
  • As each night game ends, all lanes in the Lincoln Park parking lot will become exit only lanes- no cars will be allowed into the parking lot. That means parents need to make arrangements to pick up kids at a nearby location away from the stadium.
  • There is a great shuttle bus system that is free for anyone with a JUCO pass or single game ticket.  Get more information about the route and times.image
  • Pedestrians- make sure to use designated crosswalks.  Traffic control devices will be set up along North Ave to prevent people from crossing in the middle of the street.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street. That way you know if the drivers are aware of your presence before you step into the roadway.