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The Aurora Police News Blog was created in 2016 as a new way to share news and information from the Aurora Police Department with the community we serve. It is maintained by the staff of the Public Affairs Unit.

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Sergeant Faith Goodrich - Commanding Officer
Agent Matthew Longshore - Public Information Officer 

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The Aurora Civil Service Commission is now accepting applications for Lateral Entry Police Officers. Applications will be accepted until February 1, 2017. This application and testing process will be used to establish an eligibility list for Aurora Police Academy Class 2017-1L which is scheduled to start in June of 2017. The department is looking to hire approximately 17 Lateral Entry Police Officers.

To apply for lateral entry applicants must have three (3) years of previous related experience in good standing in a full service Law Enforcement Department within the last four (4) years from the date of application. Note: A full service Law Enforcement Department is defined as an agency that responds to calls for service, makes arrests, and files criminal cases without the services of another law enforcement agency.

Starting salary for Lateral Entry Police Officers in 2017 is $58,253.00-$71,714 (determined by experience and education). Top pay for Aurora Police Officers in 2017 will be $83,572.

The Aurora Police Department is committed to maintaining and improving peace, order and safety, through excellence in law enforcement and community service. We seek diverse men and women who possess honor, integrity and who are morally sound. Applicants should be problem solvers, community-oriented and ready for a challenging and rewarding career in law enforcement.

Applicants who would like to speak with a Police Recruiter can call 1.800.637.9963 or send them an email. Download an Applicant Information Guide for more information about minimum qualifications, testing process, salary and benefits.

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Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Sep 22, 2016 at 4:25 PM
  
On September 16th, 2016, at about 11:15 PM, Aurora Police Officers responded to a crash on the highway.  The investigation revealed that a grey 2008 Honda Civic was travelling northbound on I225 in the 200 Block north at a high rate of speed.  The Honda lost control, drifted into the center median and rolled several times before coming to rest.

Both occupants had to be extracted from the vehicle by Aurora Fire Department personnel.  The driver was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.  The front seat passenger was also transported to an area hospital.  The passenger later died.  There were no other occupants in the vehicle.

At this point, alcohol does not appear to be a factor.  Traffic detectives will review this case to determine what, if any, charges are applicable against the driver.  No information on any of the occupants of the vehicle is being released at this time.

The Aurora Police Department would like to remind drivers that speed is causal factor in nearly half of the crashes in the City of Aurora.  Adhering to the speed limits greatly reduces the risk of being involved in a crash.

Sergeant William Revelle
Traffic Section
Posted by [email protected]  On Sep 17, 2016 at 5:17 AM
  

UPDATE: The Major Crimes/Homicide Unit has identified James Anthony Draper DOB 10/23/82 as a person of interest in this homicide. Draper was taken into custody today in reference to case number 2016-26446 (see forthcoming press release). This investigation is still active and ongoing. We will not be releasing a booking photo at this time so we do not compromise the investigation.

The Major Crimes/Homicide unit is asking anyone with information about this case to contact Agent Alton Reed with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6068. Tipsters can also use Metro Denver 
Crime Stoppers by calling 720-913-7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipster can remain anonymous and be eligible for a $2,000 reward. 

Officer Crystal McCoy 
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit 
(720) 432-5095


information previously released on September 10th, 2016:

On Saturday September 10th, 2016 at approximately 7:16 a.m. officers responded to the Americana Apartments located at 407 South Memphis Way Apartment 300, to check the welfare of a party inside.

Upon arrival officers found a slightly ajar door with a deceased 29 year old adult black female with an apparent gun show wound to the body on the floor. No other occupants were in the residence at the time, and no suspects are in custody.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office once a positive identification has been made, and next of kind has been notified.

The Majors Crime/Homicide unit responded and has taken over the investigation. Aurora Police is asking anyone with information about this   case is asked to to contact Agent Alton Reed with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6068. Tipsters can also use Metro Denver
Crime Stoppers by calling 720-913-7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipster can remain anonymous and be eligible for a $2,000 reward. 

Officer Crystal McCoy 
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit 
(720) 432-5095

Posted by Guest  On Sep 11, 2016 at 6:18 PM
  

On Saturday September 10th 2016 at approximately 11:30 a.m. officers responded to the 1000 block of Powhatan Road on report of an apparent deceased body.

Upon officers arrival they discovered a deceased female. The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office once a positive identification has been made, and next of kin has been notified.

The Majors Crime/Homicide unit responded and has taken over the investigation. Aurora Police is asking anyone with information about this case to contact Agent Jamie Krieger with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6113.

Tipsters can also use Metro Denver ​Crime Stoppers by calling 720-913-7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipster can remain anonymous and be eligible for a $2,000 reward. 

Officer Crystal McCoy
Media Relations Unit
Office of the Chief of Police
Desk: (303) 739-6038
On-Call PIO: (720) 432-5095

Posted by Guest  On Sep 10, 2016 at 4:59 PM
  

On Tuesday September 6, 2016 officers were looking for Michael Smith DOB: 06/09/85 who was wanted for a parole violation in connection with convictions of kidnapping and motor vehicle theft. Members of the Strategic Response Team were able to locate Smith at approximately 1:00 p.m. at Montview Bar and Grill located at 11680 East Montview Boulevard.

When Smith exited the establishment the officers gave him verbal orders in an attempt to take him into custody without incident. Smith did not comply with the orders given to him by officers and less lethal was used but was ineffective. Smith instead fled from the officers while brandishing a handgun. At that point, one officer discharged his service weapon which did not strike Smith.

Smith continued to run from our officers but was eventually taken into custody after being tased. As a precaution, Smith was transported to a local hospital where he was later released. Smith is currently in custody on the parole violation. New charges are pending.

Detectives and investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation into this case. This is an active investigation, and the scene has not been released. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Agent Tom Welton at 303-739-6107. 

Officer Diana Cooley 
Public Information Officer 
Media Relations Unit

Posted by Guest  On Sep 06, 2016 at 5:45 PM
  

 

On September 6, 2016, at approximately 9:42 am, Aurora Police and Aurora Fire Rescue responded to the 20300 block of E Jewell Ave on the report of an auto/motorcycle crash. The on-scene investigation shows that a motorcycle, with one rider was westbound on E. Jewell Ave.  A red Toyota Tacoma pickup was eastbound attempting to make a left turn into the viewing parking lot south of Buckley Air Force Base. The pickup turned left in front of the motorcycle. The rider was ejected from the motorcycle and sustained serious injuries. The rider was transported to a local hospital, but was pronounced dead a short time later. The driver of the pickup sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The driver of the pickup was cooperative with the investigation and was charged with Careless Driving Resulting In Death. Neither alcohol nor speed is considered a factor in the crash. The names of the parties involved are not being released at this time. The Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit is handling the investigation.

Posted by Guest  On Sep 06, 2016 at 2:06 PM
  
On September 5, 2016, at approximately 11:05 pm, Aurora Police and Aurora Fire Rescue responded to South Parker Road and East Temple Drive on the report of an auto/motorcycle crash. The on-scene investigation shows a motorcycle, with two occupants, was northbound on South Parker Road. A gold minivan was southbound on South Parker Road attempting to make a left turn onto East Temple Drive. The minivan turned left in front of the motorcycle. Both occupants were ejected from the motorcycle and sustained serious injuries. They were transported to a local hospital, but unfortunately both were pronounced dead a short time later. The driver, and one passenger, of the minivan were not injured in the crash. The driver of the minivan remained on scene and was cooperative with the investigation. It is unknown at this time if alcohol was a factor in the crash. The names of the parties involved are not being released at this time. The Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit handling the investigation.

Motorcycle involved in fatal crash

Sgt. Baumfalk
Aurora Police Department
Traffic Section


Posted by Guest  On Sep 06, 2016 at 3:35 AM
  
On September 4, 2016, at approximately 10:45 pm, Aurora Police and Aurora Fire Rescue responded to E. Montview Blvd and N. Dayton St. on the report of an auto/pedestrian crash. Arriving units found an adult female laying in the intersection suffering from severe injuries. The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later. The pedestrian was crossing E. Montview Blvd. when she was struck in the eastbound lanes by a Ford F-150. The F-150 left the scene of the crash. Aurora Police Officers located the vehicle a short time later in the 3300 Block of N. Peoria St. The adult male driver was taken into custody. He is being charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident and DUI. Witnesses on-scene stated the pedestrian was crossing E. Montview Blvd. against the light. The names of the involved parties are not being released at this time.

Sgt. Baumfalk
Aurora Police Department
Traffic Section
 
Posted by Guest  On Sep 05, 2016 at 2:25 AM
  
On Friday, September 2, 2016  at 11:23 p.m. officers responded to 1009 S. Newark Street on a report of a stabbing.  Upon arrival, officers located an adult male victim with injuries.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that there was an altercation between the victim and a male known to him. The suspect  was identified as Ruben Martinez  DOB 03/17/95. Martinez has since been arrested by the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit for Second Degree Murder.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once a positive identification has been made, and next of kin has been notified.

The Majors Crime/Homicide unit is not looking for any additional suspects  involved at this time. Aurora Police is asking anyone with information about this case to contact Agent Todd Fredericksen with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6106. Tipsters can also use Metro Denver Crime Stoppers by calling 720-913-7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipster can remain anonymous and be eligible for a $2,000 reward. 

Officer Diana Cooley 
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit 
(720) 432-5095
Posted by Guest  On Sep 03, 2016 at 7:26 PM
  
On September 2, 2016, at 7:15 P.M., Aurora Police and Aurora Fire Rescue responded to E. Louisiana Ave. & S. Peoria St. on the report of a serious traffic accident. The on scene investigation revealed a maroon Honda Accord was traveling westbound on E. Louisiana Ave. and ran the stop sign at S. Peoria St. A gold Ford Fusion going northbound on S. Peoria St. collided with the driver's side of the Honda. The driver, and sole occupant of the Honda, had to be extricated from the car. The adult male driver was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. The driver, and only occupant of the Fusion, was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Speed or alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this crash.


Fatal Crash


Posted by Guest  On Sep 02, 2016 at 10:57 PM
  
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