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2015 Men In Heels Race, Support the GJPD #MenInHeels #GVCopBeat #ShareGJ

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The Grand Junction Police Department will be participating in the annual Men In Heels Race in Downtown Grand Junction.

The event will take place on September 24, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at 5th Street and Colorado Ave.

MEET OUR TEAM:

Gallegos Isaac DeBellevue Jeffrey Gonzalez, Joey (2) McCullough Zac SchreinerTaylor

Here is how you can help, and how you can watch them LONG WAY in women’s heels!

Please visit the Men In Heels website and click on the GJPD Team. From there, donations will be accepted.  ALL proceeds go directly to Latimer House to help victims of domestic violence and sex assault.

There will be hundreds of people gathered for this event, so show up early and watch as over 25 teams of men from our community race in women’s heels!

To watch a video of last years event, please click here.

If you capture a great photo of one of our officers running in the Men In Heels Race, we would love to see it! Please email it to katieb@gjcity.org

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week for February 26, 2015 #MCCrimeStoppers #GVCopBeat

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15-9217This week Crime Stoppers is requesting information that will lead to the identification of the suspect who stole merchandise from Cabela’s in Mesa Mall located at 2424 US Hwy 6 & 50.

Shortly after 1:45 pm on Friday, February 13th officers from the Grand Junction Police Department responded to a theft in progress at Cabela’s. The suspect fled the store when security approached him. The suspect is described as a white male in his mid- 20’s, with dark hair and a tattoo located on the back of his neck. He was last seen wearing a black shirt, blue jeans and a white hooded sweatshirt. The surveillance photo of the suspect is included with this post.

If you know the identity or location of the subject involved in this crime, please call 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 www.241stop.com.

GJPD Case # 15-9217

@GrandJunctionPD Joining @SheriffMesaColo in Global Police Tweet-a-thon Today #POLTwt #GVCopBeat

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The fourth Global Police Tweet-a-thon has kicked off with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and the Grand Junction Police Department jumping into the on-line dialogue.
According to a LaWsComm news release and the creator of the Global Police Tweet-a-thon, Lauri Stevens, “The main purpose of this tweet-a-thon is to connect officers from around the world and help build relationships between police and the citizens they serve because public safety is a shared responsibility for all members of a community.”
Law enforcement agencies and individual officers/deputies are encouraged to tweet all calls, tweet about specific topics to educate citizens or simply tweet the beat. The only rule is that all tweets must include #PolTwt, the official hashtag for the Global Police Tweet-a-thon.
This isn’t the first time both local agencies have participate in this global event and we look forward to continuing it in the future. It always provides ideas to better engage our citizens, to connect with our law enforcement partners around the world and to bring global attention to the many positive interactions we have with citizens in #MesaCounty.
If you are on Twitter or simply want to see the dialogue, follow along by searching #POLTwt and following us @SheriffMesaColo and @GrandJunctionPD.

GJPD Offering Free Class to Help Local Rental Properties Stay Crime Free #GVCopBeat #gjco #grandjunction

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Crime_Free_Multihousing_LogoThe Grand Junction Police Department is inviting local rental property owners and managers to participate in the next Crime Free Multi-housing class that will take place on November 14, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grand Junction Police Department (555 Ute Ave.).

This FREE training class is the first of three steps to getting properties certified under the Crime Free program, which helps reduce the number of calls to police and the number of arrests at those properties.  At the training class we discuss background checks, lease agreements, current trends in narcotics activity, gang awareness, and crime prevention.

Once the class is completed, participants can move on to the second phase, which is a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) survey. During that survey, we look at locks, lighting, and landscaping of the property and make recommendations to make the property safer.

The third phase consists of a safety social where the owner invites the residents out to discuss crime prevention and the Crime Free program.

After the completion of the 3 phases, the property becomes certified and we provide signs to post at the entrance for all to see. The owner can also use the Crime Free logo when advertising for new tenants. The GJPD keeps a list of properties involved in the program and often times has residents come to the police department asking about Crime Free Properties.

This program is internationally recognized and was founded in Arizona in 1992.  Some insurance agencies that recognize the program have also offered a reduced cost on insurance. Locally, we give the property owner a listing of all calls for service at their property on a weekly basis. We also track any residents that live or visit the property for arrests. If anyone living or visiting the property is arrested, we will notify the owner and provide police reports.

To sign up for the class, contact Ofc. Cory Tomps at 970-549-5331 or by email at coryt@gjcity.org .

Rx Drug Take Back Day is Coming Up Sept. 27- It’s Time to Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinets #GVCopBeat #DrugTakeBack

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Some of the drugs collected  on previous Drug Take Back days.
Some of the drugs collected on previous Drug Take Back days.

The bi-annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is coming up on Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  As with past events, you have four locations in Mesa County to drop off your unused, expired, or otherwise unwanted medication with no questions asked.  The locations are:

Grand Junction Police Department (555 Ute Ave.)

Mesa County Sheriff’s Office (215 Rice St.)

Palisade Police Department (175 E. Third St.)

Fruita Police Department (157 S. Mesa St.)

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue and seeks to prevent pill abuse and theft.  According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), many Americans are not aware that medicines in their home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Prescription drug abuse in the U.S. is increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. People often choose to flush them down the toilet or throwing them away in the trash, both of which are potential safety and health hazards.

 

 

 

 

Items that will not be accepted at this event include:

  • Needles & Sharps
  • Mercury  (thermometers)
  • Oxygen containers
  • Chemotherapy/ Radioactive substances
  • Pressurized canisters
  • Illicit drugsrx_sideoff

As a reminder, the Mesa County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility will take: needles and sharps, over-the-counter medications, pressurized or aerosol and mercury containing items Thursdays through Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is free of charge to Mesa County residents. However, they are NOT able to accept controlled substances (narcotics), chemotherapy or radio-active substances or oxygen tanks. The Mesa County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility can be reached directly at (970) 257-9336 or (970) 256-9543. You can also visit their website at: http://www.mesacounty.us/swm/template.aspx?id=12478.

 

 

GJPD Investigating Fatal Car Crash That Occurred Last Night on Grand Ave #GVCopBeat

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The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating a fatal car crash that occurred last night in the 600 block of Grand Ave.  At about 8:45 p.m. three men were crossing Grand Ave. at mid-block.  The driver of a pickup truck swerved to try to avoid them, but hit one of the men.  The man that was struck was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital where he later died.

As is standard in any investigation such as this, we are checking to see if any of those involved were under the influence of alcohol.  The driver is not facing any charges at this time.

Below is the news release from the Mesa County Coroner’s Office:

Date: August 23, 2014

Contact: 970-256-6462

coroner@mesacounty.us

For Immediate Release

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has completed its examination regarding the death of Andrew Kerezman, a 30 year-old male resident of Grand Junction, CO.  Mr. Kerezman was the gentleman involved in the incident at 6th St and Grand Ave last night August 22, 2014. The cause of death is multiple injuries and the manner of death is accident.

The law enforcement agency overseeing this investigation is the Grand Junction Police Department. Please contact them for any further details regarding this case.

Thank you,
Dean M Havlik, MD, Mesa County Coroner

Victor Yahn, Chief Deputy Coroner

GJPD Yard Sale For United Way Takes Place Saturday, August 23 #GVCopBeat #gjco #mesacounty

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The annual Grand Junction Police Department Yard Sale for United Way will take place Saturday, August 23 from 7:00am-2:00pm at the corner of 7th St. and Pitkin Ave.  All proceeds will benefit United Way of Mesa County.  Hope to see you there!

Public Yard Sale For United Way 2014 Flier

Fatal Motorcycle Crash at 1st ST. and Pitkin Ave.- Southbound 1st ST. Closed- Detour At Main St. #GVCopBeat

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Grand Junction Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that happened at about 5:15 this evening.  As a result, southbound 1st Street is closed.  A detour has been set up at Main St.

At this point in the investigation we believe the man was riding with a group of approximately eight to ten other riders. He was making the curve at Pitkin Ave. and lost control, crashing into the concrete barrier.  The man was not wearing a helmet.  He died on scene.  No other riders in the group crashed.

Crash investigators are on scene and will be mapping the intersection as part of the investigation.  This section of 1st Street will remain closed for a couple of hours.  We will update you when the street reopens.  Please avoid the area for now.

Scam Alert: GJPD Takes Reports On 2 Different Scams Hitting The Area Recently #GVCopBeat

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Scam alertThis week the Grand Junction Police Department took reports from people about two different scams that appear to be hitting the area right now.

The first scam involves a caller, possibly identifying himself as “John Ross with UPS”,  who tells the potential victim they have a package from Publisher’s Clearing House.  The package is apparently a check for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The second scam involves a call with an automated voice message that states, “Your Mastercard has been lost, please press 4 to connect with security.”

Whenever you receive an unsolicited call, piece of mail, or email claiming you have won a large amount of money, or claiming your bank or credit account has been compromised, ALWAYS verify first.  Do not use the phone numbers or website provided by the person who contacted you.  Instead, make sure to use contact information that you know is legitimate, such as phone numbers or websites listed on your bank or credit card statements.  Also remember that someone who tells you that you have won a big prize from a game or lottery you have never played is probably trying to take advantage of you and your money.

For more information about various scams that often come through our area visit our website: www.gjcity.org/fraud

GJPD Looking For Victims And Information About Stolen Solar Lights; Multiple Lights Have Been Recovered #GVCopBeat #mesacounty

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14-00041789 007This morning a Grand Junction Police officer responded to Grand Junction High School for a vandalism report.  The principal show the officer to the band practice field, where someone had scattered several dozen solar powered lights on the field.  The officer collected and booked them into evidence.

We have taken a report from at least one homeowner who reported his lights missing.  We know that there are many other homeowners who either do not know they have been victims of this crime, or who have not reported it to us.  Homeowners should check to see if their solar lights are still on their property, and if not, please contact us by calling 970-242-6707 to report it.

We also hope anyone who has information about the person or persons who took the lights will provide that to us.  You can report crimes anonymously be contacting Crime Stoppers at 970-241-7867 or online at www.241STOP.com.