News Flash

Posted on: October 3, 2022

City of Grand Junction Launches National Search for New Police Chief

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The City of Grand Junction has launched a national search for a new Chief of Police. As the first step in the recruitment process, the public is invited to provide input about the qualifications and qualities they would like to see in the next Grand Junct...

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City of Grand Junction News
Posted on: September 22, 2022

Deputy Chief Matt Smith Appointed New Interim Chief for Grand Junction Police Department

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City Manager Greg Caton has appointed current Deputy Chief Matt Smith as the Interim Chief of the Grand Junction Police Department until a national search can be conducted to fill the current vacancy.

Deputy Chief Smith joined the Grand Junction Police Dep...

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City of Grand Junction News
Posted on: September 22, 2022

GJPD Recognizes National Forensic Science Week

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Forensic Science Week, September 18-24, is acknowledged throughout the United States and recognizes the contribution that forensic science makes to the criminal justice system. This week is an opportunity for the Grand Junction Police Department to honor ...

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Police News
Posted on: September 15, 2022

GJPD Investigating Vehicle vs. Motorcycle Collision, Death

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The investigation into a motorcycle vs. vehicle collision that happened earlier today, continues, as officers look at speed as a factor.

Shortly before 11:30 this morning, a 9-1-1 call came into our communications center from a reporting party stating ther...

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Police News
Posted on: September 7, 2022

GJPD Responds to Report of Attempted Kidnapping

Newsflash - Patch

Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to a report of an attempted kidnapping at Eagle Rim Park in Orchard Mesa on Wednesday, September 7, at approximately 2:10pm. A 12-year-old female reported an adult male told her to come with him...

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Police News
Posted on: September 2, 2022

GJPD Makes Arrest in Felony Menacing Incident

Newsflash - Patch

Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to a report of a robbery in progress at 755 North Avenue at approximately 4:20pm on September 1, 2022. The reporting party stated they were being robbed and that a male kept grabbing his hip lik...

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Police News
Posted on: September 1, 2022

GJPD and WCDTF Warn of "Rainbow Fentanyl" distribution on Western Slope

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The Grand Junction Police Department (GJPD) and Western Colorado Drug Task Force (WCDTF) are advising the community of the existence of colorful “rainbow fentanyl” pills being distributed in Mesa County. “Rainbow fentanyl&...

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Police News
Posted on: August 31, 2022

City Focuses Renewed Effort on Cleaning Up Public Lands

The Grand Junction Police Department (GJPD) Community Resource Unit is working to clean up waste and debris in public areas and lands throughout the city. The City of Grand Junction has been working with Square U Away, a local cleanup and hauling company,...

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Police News
Posted on: August 31, 2022

Grand Junction Police Department’s K9 Vamos to Get Donation of Body Armor

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Grand Junction Police Department’s K9 Vamos will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Vamos’ vest will be embroidered with the sentiment ...

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Police News
Posted on: August 21, 2022

GJPD Responds to Fatal Single Vehicle Crash

Incident Update (2)

Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to a fatal single vehicle crash on Saturday, August 20, at approximately 11:40 pm in the area of E Rd and Duffy Dr. The two adult males involved in the crash were traveling eastbound on E Rd whe...

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Police News
Posted on: August 17, 2022

GJPD Responds to Verbal Disturbance, Barricaded Subject

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Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a verbal disturbance in the 1300 block of Grand Avenue at approximately 7:00am on Wednesday, August 17. An adult female stated her adult son had assaulted her and would not let her leav...

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Police News
Posted on: August 9, 2022

GJPD Responds to Multiple Shots Fired Calls

Newsflash - Patch

 Officers are investigating the events that unfolded in the early morning hours of August 8, that led to multiple calls of shots fired in local neighborhoods.

Shortly before 3 A.M., the Grand Junction Regional Communications Center received severa...

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Police News
Posted on: August 5, 2022

GJPD Makes Arrest in Colorado Avenue Homicide

Newsflash - Patch

The Grand Junction Police Department has made an arrest in the homicide that took place in the 1000 block of Colorado Avenue on the morning of July 25, 2022, in Grand Junction, CO. You can read additional details regarding the homicide investigation here....

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Police News
Posted on: July 29, 2022

GJPD Investigating Homicide

Newsflash - Patch

Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department are investigating a death that happened in the 1000 block of Colorado Avenue on July 25, 2022.

At approximately 6:00 AM officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to the 1000 block of Col...

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Police News
Posted on: July 27, 2022

GJPD Gears Up for Another National Night Out

GJPD officers interact with children and families at National Night Out event in park.

The Grand Junction Police Department is gearing up for our Annual National Night Out events on Tuesday, August 2.

Citizens, law enforcement agencies, and communities will join forces next Tuesday, to mark another annual National Night Out (NNO). And while ...

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Police News
Posted on: July 18, 2022

GJPD Finds No Credibility to Mesa Mall Shooting Threat

Newsflash - Patch

Earlier today, the Grand Junction Police Department received a call from a reporting party stating they had information that someone had threatened to carry out a shooting, specifically targeting women, at Mesa Mall.

Grand Junction Police Department office...

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Police News
Posted on: July 18, 2022

GJPD Makes Arrest in Stabbing Incident, Victim Dies

Incident Update (2)

The Grand Junction Police Department has made an arrest in connection with the stabbing incident, that happened earlier today at Hawthorne Park.

Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to the 400 block of Chipeta Avenue shortly before ...

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Police News
Posted on: July 13, 2022

GJPD Makes Arrest in Kidnapping, Domestic Violence Incident

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Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department have made an arrest in the kidnapping and domestic violence incident that took place on the evening of July 8, 2022, in Grand Junction, CO. Read more about the incident here.

Justin Leech, age 33, of Grand...

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Police News
Posted on: July 9, 2022

GJPD Seeking Kidnap Suspect, Victim #GVCopBeat

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#UPDATE (Saturday, July 9, 12:35pm): Ryah has been located and is safe. We are still seeking information regarding the whereabouts of Justin Leech. If you have any information that could assist police with this investigation, please call non-emergency dis...

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Police News
Posted on: June 8, 2022

GJPD Detectives Make Arrest in 2018 Missing Persons Case

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The Grand Junction Police Department has made an arrest in relation to a missing person’s case from 2018. Richard Vandervelde, 54 of Grand Junction, CO, has been arrested and charged in the murder of his mother, Sylvia Frens. 

On May 29, 2018, Syl...

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Police News
Posted on: May 12, 2022

GJPD Awarded Grant for Improvements to Shooting Range #GVCopBeat

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Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department are benefitting from improvements made to our shooting range, thanks to a generous grant from the Mesa County Federal Mineral Lease District.

In the spring of 2020, the Grand Junction Police Department app...

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Police News
Posted on: April 25, 2022

Arrests Made in Homicide Investigation #GVCopBeat

Newsflash - Patch

Late Saturday night, April 23, 2022, officers were dispatched to a reported suspicious death at a hotel in the 700 Block of Horizon Drive.  Upon arrival, officers found an adult male with apparent gun shot wounds.  The male was deceased....

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Police News
Posted on: April 24, 2022

GJPD Investigating Three Shooting Incidents #GVCopBeat

Newsflash - Patch

Late Saturday night, officers were dispatched to a reported suspicious death at a hotel in the 700 Block of Horizon Drive.  Upon arrival, officers found an adult male with apparent gun shot wounds.  The male was deceased.  This ...

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Police News
Posted on: April 23, 2022

GJPD Investigating Early Morning Shooting #GVCopBeat

Newsflash - Patch

Detectives with the Grand Junction Police Department are investigating a shooting that occurred in the area of Horizon Drive in the early morning hours of April 23, 2022.

At approximately 3:00am, a reporting party called 9-1-1 to report multiple gunshots h...

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Police News
Posted on: April 21, 2022

GJPD Investigating a Shooting #GVCopBeat

Newsflash - Patch

Detectives with the Grand Junction Police Department are investigating a shooting that happened in the evening hours of April 20, 2022.

At approximately 9:45 p.m. officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to the 300 Block of Fairview Ave...

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Police News
Posted on: April 7, 2022

DA Review of CIRT Investigation Complete #GVCopBeat

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The Grand Junction Police Department is releasing the following information on behalf of the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT).

The 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) has completed its investigation of...

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Police News
Posted on: March 31, 2022

Barricaded Subjects Detained After Hours Long Standoff #GVCopBeat

Newsflash - Patch

Around 6:30am on Thursday, March 31st, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a report of a burglary in progress at a residence in the 1600 Block of N. 16th Street. The reporting party stated that a subject had forc...

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Police News
Posted on: February 21, 2022

GJPD Investigating "Shots Fired" Incident

Newsflash - Patch

The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating the circumstances that lead up to a “shots fired” call earlier this morning. 

Shortly before 10am, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to an apartme...

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Police News
Posted on: February 7, 2022

Arrest Made in CIRT Officer Involved Shooting Investigation #GVCopBeat

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The Grand Junction Police Department is releasing the following information on behalf of the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT).  

On Thursday, February 3, 2022, a trooper with the Colorado State Patrol initiated a traff...

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Police News
Posted on: February 4, 2022

CIRT Activated to Investigate Officer Involved Shooting #GVCopBeat

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The Grand Junction Police Department is releasing the following information on behalf of the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team.

Shortly after 10:30pm on Thursday, February 3rd, a trooper with the Colorado State Patrol initiated a traff...

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Police News
Posted on: December 15, 2021

GJPD Launches New Recruiting Effort #GVCopBeat

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Women change the culture.

That’s the concept with which the Grand Junction Police department is leading our newest recruiting campaign to attract exceptional law enforcement applicants to serve this great city.

The Grand Junction Police Department is consta...

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Police News
Posted on: November 17, 2021

One in Custody After Overnight Stabbing #GVCopBeat

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On November 16, 2021, around 10:00pm officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to 760 26 ½ Road on a report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers found an adult male with a stab wound in his chest/abdomen area. This male was transported...

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Police News
Posted on: November 8, 2021

Join GJPD for Coffee with a Cop #GVCopBeat

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It's been a while!

The Grand Junction Police Department is inviting community members to join their local police officers for a cup of coffee and conversation at our Coffee with a Cop event.  There will be no speeches, and no agenda is pl...

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Police News
Posted on: October 29, 2021

GJPD Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash

Incident Update (2)

The Grand Junction Police Department is continuing their investigation into the cause and manner of a motorcycle vs. vehicle collision that resulted in a fatality.

Shortly before 4:30 p.m. on October 29, multiple calls came into the Grand Junction Regional...

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Police News
Posted on: October 27, 2021

GJPD Traffic Enforcement Operation

Newsflash - Patch

The Grand Junction Police Department is taking a proactive approach this weekend on traffic enforcement. 

From the hours of 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Friday, October 29 the Grand Junction Police Department Traffic Unit, along with the Special Invest...

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Police News
Posted on: October 14, 2021

September Domestic Violence Incident Results in Murder/Suicide

Newsflash - Patch

Last month, the Grand Junction Police Department responded to the 400 block of Chuluota Avenue after a reporting party called 9-1-1 stating they heard gunshots from inside the residence. When officers arrived, they secured the scene, set up a perimeter, a...

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Police News
Posted on: October 1, 2021

GJPD Launches New Drone Program

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The Grand Junction Police Department has implemented the use of drone technology to enhance the department’s mission of protecting lives and property; An asset that officers say will be extremely beneficial when other means and resources are not...

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Police News