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.
The sun is shining, summer weather is finally here–
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.
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 970-549-5300 for more information.
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.
Matthew Ryan Stauter, the final outstanding suspect wanted in connection to the December drug bust by the Western Colorado Drug Task Force (DTF) and the man who ran from deputies in Molina and tried to steal a car earlier this month is now in custody.
Late this afternoon, a combined effort involving the Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Units, with assistance from the DTF, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Homeland Security, and the Bureau of Land Management, led us to Stauter’s girlfriend, Taelor Oropeza, who was in the parking lot of 1000 N. 9th St. Oropeza also had a warrant for her arrest in connection to the DTF drug bust in December. She confirmed Stauter was in a bottom floor business at that address.
Officers and deputies from the agencies listed above surrounded the building, evacuated people from the other units in the building, and began calling for Stauter to come out, which he did without incident. The entire operation lasted about one hour and 15 minutes.
Oropeza was arrested on multiple warrants, as was the woman in the vehicle with her, 30-year-old Melissa Pruitt. Pruitt is being charged with accessory to a felony crime for helping Stauter and Oropeza avoid capture.
Have you ever thought about a career in law enforcement?
We are looking to hire new recruits and will be sponsoring them through the Western Colorado Peace Officers Academy.
For more information about GJPD Careers and to apply online, click here.
Two men are facing charges in Mesa County following a nationwide operation led by the FBI that targeted child sex trafficking. The Western Colorado Drug Task Force and the Grand Junction Police Department Street Crimes Unit participated in the operation, which resulted in two people who were arrested and booked into jail on felony charges for internet luring of a child.
The operation took place during several nights last week, and included an undercover officer who had internet and text message conversations with two separate men. In the first case, a man later identified as John P. Pomaski of Grand Junction (Date of birth 8-12-1965), responded to an advertisement on an internet site titled “Awesome girl looking for fun.” An undercover officer provided Pomaski with a number to call or text and they continued a conversation that included discussion of sexual acts. During their conversation the officer identified himself multiple times as a 14-year-old female and invited Pomaski to a hotel room. Officers observed Pomaski drive through the hotel parking lot. Officers contacted Pomaski in his vehicle and booked him into the Mesa County jail. John P. Pomaski is facing charges of Sexual assault- internet sexual exploitation of a child (F4) and Internet luring of a child/intent of sexual contact/exploitation (F4)
In the second case, a man later identified as David Shawn Prephan II of Perrysburg, OH (Date of birth 7-26-1988), responded to an internet advertisement and also had a conversation with the undercover officer. Prephan agreed to meet with a 14-year-old girl for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts for $80. Prephan came to the hotel door and confirmed with the undercover officer that he had $80. The officer told him he would need to pay half up front to meet the girl, and he handed the officer $40. At that point officers entered the room and took him into custody. David Shawn Prephan II is facing charges of Soliciting for child prostitution (F3) and Internet luring of a child/intent of sexual contact/exploitation (F4)