Grand Junction Colorado

Next Sexual Assault Prevention Class Scheduled for August 21 #GVCopBeat #gjco #mesacounty

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We are already receiving reservations for the next Sexual Assault Prevention class, which will take place on August 21 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Grand Junction Police Department (555 Ute Ave.).  Due to limited space, we are asking parents and teens to reserve their spots by emailing

This class, which is designed for both young men and young women, will give our area teens and young adults important information about situations that often lead to sexual assault and ways to avoid them.  It will also address what to do if you know someone who has been a victim of sexual assault.

Participants will watch a short video, and then discuss the situations seen in the video.  There will also be a panel of local professionals who often get involved in sexual assault cases who will answer questions and provide important information.

Listen to Ofc. Freidenberger explain what this class is all about and why it’s so important.

If you have questions please call 970-549-5114 or email

Space is limited, so please R.S.V.P by emailing


Sexual Assault Prevention class flyer 08-21-14

GJPD K9 Receives New Ballistic Vest #GVCopBeat #gjco

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Ofc. Earthman and K9 Joker in his new vest
Ofc. Earthman and K9 Joker in his new vest

The Grand Junction Police Department has received a ballistic vest thanks to a nationwide GROUPON EVENT that raised over $335,000.00.

K9 Joker
K9 Joker

Below is the information from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.:

The “Occasions ” campaign for Groupon Grassroots to outfit police K9’s with bullet and stab protective vests ran February 15th through March 5th.   Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. was the nationwide non-profit organization and charity partner selected by Groupon Grassroots to participate. The online $10 donation suggested interested persons purchase a GROUPON (a tax deductible donation) through the secure website where all funds were allocated to purchase ballistic vests for our four-legged crime fighters who put their lives on the line for the community and their partner.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. will be providing over 350 law enforcement dogs nationwide with the protective body armor in memory of K9 Rocco of the Pittsburgh Police Department who sacrificed his life in the line of duty in January of 2014.

All vests will be embroidered with the sentiment, “In Memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police”.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a 501c(3) organization is still accepting donations through their website: and via mail P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

In 2013, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. partnered with Groupon and was named as one of “The Best of 2013” campaigns. The nonprofit raised $155, 537.33 in just one week, which provided ballistic vests for 163 law enforcement dogs in 30 states.  There are an estimated 30,000 police dogs throughout the United States.


Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA. Whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1047 law enforcement dogs in 39 states with protective vests since 2009.

The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA. Who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor.

New K9 graduates as well as K9’s with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations and event listings are via the website:

Shhh… Don’t Tell the Chief & Commander We’re Posting This Photo #GVCopBeat

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Chief and Commander help senior citizenOne of our officers snapped this photo today. Yep- that’s our Police Chief and Investigations Commander, changing the tire for a senior citizen who was able to get her disabled vehicle off of busy Pitkin Ave and up to our back gate.  We didn’t tell them we were going to post this photo because they’re a pretty humble guys who don’t like a lot of attention simply for doing the right thing.  Still, we thought they deserved a pat on the back for always setting the example for this department.

Arrest Made in Case Involving the Marijuana Butane Hash Oil Explosion at the Monument Inn on March 9, 2014 #GVCopBeat

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MATTHEWTODDSIMMSBookingPhoto 051314The Grand Junction Police Department investigation of the marijuana butane hash oil explosion at the Monument Inn last March has led to an arrest warrant for 30-year-old Matthew Todd Simms.  The charges included in the warrant are manufacturing marijuana concentrate, 4th degree arson by placing property of another in danger of damage and other in danger of serious injury, and reckless endangerment.  A Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested Simms on that warrant and booked him into jail on May 11.

Simms is suspected of trying to manufacture marijuana concentrate (hash oil) in a hotel room at the Monument Inn using a process involving butane.  The butane ignited, causing an explosion that burned Simms.  Several other people were also in the room at the time.

Previously release information about this case.

Critical Incident Response Team Activated for Deputy Involved Shooting #GVCopBeat

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Mesa County, Colo. — Just before 9:30 p.m., on May 11, 2014, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the area of E and Mesa View Lane, Clifton, for an adult male who called 911 and made suicidal statements. A deputy made initial contact with the subject on the corner of 33 and E Road, Clifton. At some point during the contact the deputy shot the man. The man was transported to an area hospital by ambulance and was conscious at the time of transport.

At this time the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team has been activated to investigate this officer involved shooting, which is standard practice. The CIRT investigation is being led by the Grand Junction Police Department. No further information is expected to be released tonight.

The Critical Incident Response Team is comprised of the following agencies: Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Fruita Police Department, Palisade Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and Colorado Bureau of Investigation. It is generally activated when a law enforcement agency is involved in a critical incident to ensure a complete and accurate investigation.

Police Week Preps Underway at GJPD- Community Invited to Participate in Upcoming Events #GVCopBeat #PoliceWeek #gjco

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imageThank you to our City colleagues in our Facilities and Parks and Recreation Departments. They were up early this morning hanging a 20 foot banner on the front of our building in honor of National Police Week.

National Police Week is May 11-17 this year, and your local law enforcement agencies have a couple of family friendly, FREE events.  The events are being held at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office this year (215 Rice St):

Monday, May 12 at 7:30pm- Flag ceremony with the Honor Guard

Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30pm- Touch a truck (tour our specialized vehicles), immediately followed by the annual Memorial Vigil.

We have more details on these events in a previous post.

We hope you and your family will join us!

GJ City Council Proclaims May 11-17 Police Week- Highlights Upcoming Community Events #GVCopBeat #gjco

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imageTonight Police Chief John Camper thanked the Grand Junction City Council for their support of local law enforcement after the Council declared May 11-17, 2014 as Police Week in the City of Grand Junction.  Councilmember Barbara Traylor Smith read the proclamation, which recognized the 111 men and women in law enforcement who were killed in the line of duty nationwide in 2013.

There are several community events planned during Police Week and we would love to see you there.  Get more information here.

GJPD School Resource Officer Jeff Grady Recognized by the Red Cross as a “Hero of Western Colorado” #GVCopBeat #gjco

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IMG_4884Congratulations to School Resource Officer Jeff Grady on his Heroes of Western Colorado award from the American Red Cross.  We are proud to have Ofc. Grady as a member of our department, and grateful for his dedication to the youth in our community.

See what others have to say about Ofc. Grady in this news story from KJCT.

Western Colorado Drug Task Force Arrests Five People for Illegal Drugs and Guns #GVCopBeat

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MESA COUNTY, Colo – On April 28, 2014 the Western Colorado Drug Task Force executed three search warrants in Mesa County, following an investigation that began four months ago.  The result is the arrest of multiple people.  The investigation centered on illegal drugs and guns.  The WCDTF received assistance during the takedown from several units from both the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office including the agencies’ Street Crimes Units, SWAT teams, and patrol officers and deputies

The arrested suspects are:

  • Anthony Sanchez of Grand Junction (DOB 4/5/1984)
  • David Perez-Garcia of Grand Junction (DOB 11/28/1980)
  • Alejandro Perez-Garcia of Pamona, CA (DOB 10/23/1982)
  • Anthony Danny Perez of San Bernadino, CA (DOB 3/15/1985)
  • Steven Madrigal of Grand Junction (DOB 5/25/1989)

At this time, all of the court documents associated with the case have been sealed by a judge, so no further information is available for release.  We will update this site when those judge lifts the seal.

Bond updates can be accessed via the Sheriff’s Office website:, click on ‘Inmate Inquiry System’.



The booking photo for Steven Madrigal is unavailable at this time.


Download the pdf news release: DTF Arrests 04-30-2014