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GJPD Offering Safe Hotels Program #GVCopBeat

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Safe Community LogoCommunity Resource officers with the Grand Junction Police Department will be offering a valuable training about the Safe Hotels program on Thursday, November 19, from 12pm-5pm, at the Police Department at 555 Ute Avenue.

The Safe Hotels program is a simple, effective way to reduce police calls for service at hotels and motels, benefitting not only guests and staff, but also nearby residents.  The program is geared toward owners of hotels and motels, property managers, maintenance supervisors, and any other staff that have a vested interest in the quality of their accommodations.

Attendees will learn about the benefits of the program, including receiving a weekly report of calls for service on your property and an evaluation to identify environmental areas that could be addressed to reduce crime at the location.  Your participation in the program also allows us to list your business on our City website, for people seeking safe locations to stay in Grand Junction, as well as the option for you to use the program’s logo on your own marketing materials!  You will also have a direct point of contact with an officer that knows you and your property, so we can better serve you.  Don’t miss out!

Please note that Safe Hotels is replacing the previous Crime Free Hotels program.  If you’ve attended a Crime Free training in the past, we would still encourage you to sign up for this month’s presentation, to see what’s new and improved about the program!

To register for this free program, please call or email Officer David Keech, at (970)549-5336, or davidke@gjcity.org.

We’re Celebrating Veterans Day, Office Closure on November 11 #GVCopBeat #HappyVeteransDay

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US_Flag_BacklitThe Grand Junction Police Department will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, in honor of Veterans Day. The GJPD Records and Front Counter will be closed, but emergency services will resume as normal.

The GJPD wishes to honor and thank all of those who have served, and we wish you a heartfelt Veterans Day.

Guns Stolen from Grand Junction Museum #GVCopBeat #CrimeStoppers

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Cropped Badge-Transparent BackgroundShortly after 5:00pm on Monday, November 2, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to a glass break alarm at 462 Ute Avenue, the Museum of the West, which is a part of the Museums of Western Colorado.  Officers were on scene within minutes of the initial alarm notification.  The building was searched and no one was located.  Further investigation revealed that three weapons that were displayed in a glass case in the museum had been stolen.  These included two handguns that had previously belonged to Sheriffs of Mesa County.  There was also a pistol stolen, which had belonged to a famous actor.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing.  If you have any information about the suspect or suspects in this crime, or the whereabouts of the items stolen, please call Crime Stoppers at (970)241-STOP, or you can provide information at info@241stop.com.

Happy Halloween, from the GJPD! #ShareGJ

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Some things to think about, as we go into Halloween weekend…have fun, be safe!

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Series of Thefts from Autos at Stocker Stadium #GVCopBeat #ShareGJ

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IMG_9626Fall is here!  The autumn season brings with it changing leaves, all things pumpkin, football, and…car break-ins?

Over the last several weeks, the Grand Junction Police Department has taken numerous reports of thefts from vehicles in and around the parking lot at Stocker Stadium, specifically during high school football games.

Please don’t leave your valuable items in your car unattended.  Unfortunately, locking your doors is not enough; several of the victimized automobiles have had the windows broken.  In these cases, items of value, such as purses and electronics, have been in plain view inside the vehicles.  If you don’t want to carry these items with you, lock them in your trunk.

The Grand Junction Police Department is taking steps to address this trend, but our best defense is public awareness, so that citizens can protect themselves and their property.  If you’re out at the stadium, supporting your local team, please be aware of your surroundings and call 911 if you see suspicious activity in the area.

Online Sales Exchange Safe Zone Now Available at GJPD #GVCopBeat #ShareGJ

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Craigslist2In today’s economy, it’s especially valuable to have options available for citizens to buy, sell, or trade goods.  Craigslist, Facebook, and other online platforms are a great way to sell that car you’ve never gotten around to fixing, or buy a gently used lawnmower for a reasonable price.  However, some people are understandably skeptical about inviting a stranger to their home to make that exchange, or to venture into an area with which they’re unfamiliar, with a pocket full of cash.

All over the country, ecommerce safe zones are popping up.  Numerous law enforcement agencies are providing a safe place to make those exchanges.  The Grand Junction Police Department is happy to start providing that service to our community, as well.

The process itself is really simple.  Our lobby is open from 8am to 6pm, seven days a week.  We also have two well-lit spots in our parking lot that we’ve designated for before or after hours trades.  Feel free to arrange to meet here to buy, sell, or trade your items.  Both our lobby and parking lot are under recorded video surveillance, 24 hours per day.  No appointment is needed, no advance notification necessary.  There won’t be an officer monitoring the transaction.  Our intention is to provide a location where citizens can feel safe and comfortable in these types of situations, knowing that police are only feet away.  If someone is unwilling to meet you at the police department to make your exchange, you may have just avoided a scam, or worse.

The Grand Junction Police Department is always looking for proactive ways to clamp down on crime and partner with our community.  We hope our citizens will find this service useful.  Questions?  Concerns?  Let us know!  Call (970)549-5114, or email heidid@gjcity.org.

Male Suspect Photographing Teens in Target #GVCopBeat #MCCrimeStoppers

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The Grand Junction Police Department needs your help to identify a male suspect that is wanted for harassment. On Tuesday, August 25th two female teenagers were shopping inside Target located at 2424 Hwy 6 & 50, when they noticed a male subject taking photos of them. The suspect was described as Hispanic male, approximately 40 years old, 5’3” tall, with a scruffy mustache and goatee wearing a black t-shirt, shorts, and a red baseball cap. The surveillance photo of the suspect can be viewed at http://www.241STOP.com.  2015-51774

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