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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 Media Relations Unit.

Media Relations Unit Staff:

Officer Crystal McCoy-Public Information Officer
Officer Matthew Longshore-Public Information Officer
Officer Anthony Camacho (Spanish Speaking)- Public Information Officer

To reach a member of the Media Relations Unit call 720.432.5095 or email apdpio@auroragov.org.
To reach a Public Information Officer with the Traffic Section for information about traffic related incidents (crashes, traffic safety, photo red light) call 720.675.8915.

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The men and women of the Aurora Police Department are committed to making a Aurora a safer place everyday.

DISCLAIMER: Information is subject to change as case investigations proceed. Individuals arrested on the basis of probable cause have not been charged. All arrestees are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. 


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Investigators have recently sought the services of Parabon NanoLabs (Parabon), a DNA technology company in Virginia that specializes in DNA phenotyping, the process of predicting physical appearance and ancestry from unidentified DNA evidence. Law enforcement agencies use the company’s Snapshot™ DNA Phenotyping Service (Snapshot) for narrowing suspect lists and generating leads in criminal investigations.

Using DNA evidence from the Bennett Family Homicide investigation, Snapshot produced trait predictions for the associated person of interest (POI). Individual’s predictions were made for ancestry, eye color, hair color, skin color, freckling and face shape. By combining these attributes of appearance, a Snapshot composite profile was produced that depicts what the person of interest may have looked like at 25 years old.

It is important to note that Snapshot composites are scientific approximations of appearance based on DNA, and are not likely to be exact replicas of appearance. Environmental factors such as smoking, drinking, diet, and other non-environmental factors, such as facial hair, hairstyle, scars, etc. cannot be predicted by DNA analysis and may cause further variation between the POI’s predicted and actual appearance.

Between 9 p.m. January 15, 1984 and 10 a.m. January 16, 1984, twenty-seven year old Bruce Bennett, his twenty-six year old wife, Debra and their seven year old daughter Melissa, were brutally murdered inside their home located in the 16300 Block of East Center Drive. An autopsy found that Debra died from blunt force trauma. Additionally, autopsies determined that Bruce and Melissa died from blunt force trauma as well as sharp force injuries, consistent with a knife. Evidence at the scene indicated that Melissa had been sexually assaulted. A second child, the Bennett’s three year old daughter, was found alive inside the residence suffering from blunt force trauma.

If you or someone you know can provide information on this unresolved homicide investigation, you are encouraged to contact Agent Steve Conner with the Homicide Unit Cold Case Squad at (303) 739-6190, e-mail swconner@auroragov.org.

Bennett Homicide Suspect Parabon Snapshot at age 25Bennett Suspect Parabon Snapshot Age 55

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by Guest  On Aug 25, 2016 at 1:32 PM
  
Aurora Police Department Explorer Post 2024 is seeking highly motivated young men and women, ages 14-19 who are interested in exploring a career in law enforcement and giving back to their community.  Police Explorers are uniformed volunteers who perform
a variety of community relations work 

Explorers participate in community events by assisting the police department with traffic and crowd control. They assist at the three Police District Station Front Desks answering phones and providing information to the public. They participate in a variety of community service and outreach events. 

Explorers receive training in personal safety, crime scene investigations, hostage negotiations, domestic violence, ethics, traffic stops, community relations and other law enforcement subjects. 

Explorers who complete 8 hours of service or training for each month have the opportunity to ride with a patrol officer and experience first hand police operations in the field. Explorers participate in local, regional, and national conferences and competitions.  

Explorers who excel in the program are eligible to receive scholarship money for college, hold leadership positions in the post and receive Civil Service Preference Points when they apply to become an Aurora Police Officer.

The post is currently accepting applications until November 9th. Those who are accepted into the program will be required to attend the Police Explorer Academy which will start in January of 2017. Classes for the academy are held every Saturday for 12 weeks. 

The Explorers will be hosting a Recruiting Open House on Saturday, September 24th at 2:30 p.m. at the Aurora Central Library (14949 E. Alameda Parkway). 

For more information about the Explorer program visit www.auroraexplorers.com or call Police Recruiter Jennifer Krause at 303.326.8759. 

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer 
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by Guest  On Aug 23, 2016 at 2:29 PM
  
On Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at approximately 1:02 p.m. District 2 officers responded to a report of a deceased person inside of 1179 South Waco Street Unit D. When officers arrived they located a deceased female inside the residence.

Detectives and Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation. They are actively investigating this case to determine the circumstances involving her death. Information is limited at this time. The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once a positive identification has been made and the next of kin has been notified.

Police are asking anyone with information about this case call Agent Chad Lampson at 303.739.6013 or tipsters can call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By calling Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.00.

Diana Cooley
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by Guest  On Aug 17, 2016 at 4:51 PM
  

Aurora, Colorado - The Aurora Police Department Traffic Section will be conducting a Stationary Roadside Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday, August 19th, 2016 from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.  This is part of our continuing commitment to the statewide effort to combat drunk drivers and reduce alcohol related traffic accidents and fatalities. This checkpoint is part of the DUI Checkpoint Colorado program, which kicks off Memorial Day weekend continuing through Labor Day weekend, and will include more than 100 checkpoints statewide by 11 participating agencies.  This checkpoint will be located on Chambers Rd.

Motorists passing through the checkpoint will be contacted briefly by an officer who will be looking for signs of intoxication and/or impairment in the driver. The checkpoint should cause only minor inconvenience to traffic along the targeted roadway, and highly visible signage will be posted leading into the checkpoint screening area. Drivers entering a checkpoint are asked to pay close attention to the officers directing traffic through the area. Motorists should also roll down their drivers’ side window as they approach the screening area. This allows for better communication between the motorist and the officer, quicker screening and a shorter delay overall.

The APD Traffic Section will also have a dozen or so officers out of the streets conducting DUI Saturation Patrols, specifically looking for impaired drivers, during this operational period.

The checkpoint is funded by an N.H.T.S.A. (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) grant in partnership with the “Heat is On” campaign and administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation. 

DUI TAXI

Lieutenant Michael McClelland
Traffic Section Commander
303-739-6326
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Posted by Guest  On Aug 16, 2016 at 11:42 AM
  
The Aurora Civil Service Commission is now accepting applications for Entry Level Police Officers. Applications will be accepted until December the 11th. This application and testing process will be used to establish an eligibility list for Aurora Police Academy Class 2017-1B which is scheduled to start in June of 2017.  The department is looking to hire approximately 18 Entry Level Police Officers.

Starting salary for entry level police officers in 2017 will be $52,403. 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.  

Recruting Unit Webpage
Recruiting Unit Facebook Page
Recruiting Unit Twitter Page



Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

* Pending approval of 2017-2018 police officer contract. 

Posted by Guest  On Aug 09, 2016 at 7:45 PM
  
UPDATE: At approximately 6:15 this evening Aurora Police received a tip that Moori's vehicle was seen in the area of East Colfax Avenue and Peoria Street.  Officers canvassing the East Colfax Corridor located her vehicle at East Colfax Avenue and Valentia Street in Denver a short time later. Officers followed her vehicle for a short distance until it was safe to initiate a traffic stop. Once at Colfax and Quebec officers stopped Moori where she was taken into protective custody without incident.  The children were found to be unharmed and in good spirits.  

Moori was transported to a local hospital and is not expected to be criminal charged in this matter. The children have been turned over to a family member. This case has been referred to the Adams County Department of Human Services for further investigation. 


Information Previously released on August 7, 2016 at 4:55p.m. 

The Aurora Police Department has activated an AMBER Alert for a mother and her four children. 

Nikia Moori left her residence in the 3100 Block of Worchester Street in Northwest Aurora at approximately 2:45 this afternoon.  She made threats to harm herself and her four children. 

Nikia was last seen driving a 2005 Gold Chrysler Pacifica van bearing Colorado Plate QFZ981. The vehicle had a yellow sticker on the back of it.

Nikia is a 28 year old black female who stands 5'2" tall and weighs 135 pounds. She is also pregnant.  She was last seen wearing a blue and white tank top and blue jeans.

Nikia's daughters:

Aaliyah Moori, 9 year old black female who stands 4'8" tall and has a stocky build. She was last seen wearing a red shirt and black pants.

Jeneaya Fleming, 7 year old black female who stands 4'6" tall and has a skinny build. She was last seen wearing a multi-colored dress.

Heaven Smith, 3 year old back female who stands 2"5" tall. No clothing description is available.

Harmony Smith, 1 year old black female who was last seen wearing a purple dress.

If you see them call 911 immediately. 

Amber Alert

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by Guest  On Aug 07, 2016 at 9:17 PM
  
On August 3rd, 2016 the Special Victims Unit (SVU) was awarded the 2016 Dan B. Davidson Excellence in Community Inclusion Award by the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council (CDDC). The award recognizes outstanding examples of inclusion of people with disabilities. The Developmental Disabilities Council recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated visionary practices providing exemplary support for people with disabilities leading to meaningful lives in their neighborhoods and communities.

The award stated the following:

Sergeant Damon Vaz and the Aurora Police Department’s Special Victims Unit are the Colorado leader in the inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the justice system by leading the way among justice professionals in preparing for July 1st implementation of mandatory reporting of all crimes against citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), also known as SB109. While the Aurora Police Department’s Special Victims’ Unit (SVU) was initially established to work for justice for abused elders, Sergeant Vaz quickly recognized the need for the Unit to be prepared to include ALL vulnerable populations, including people with I/DD, in its response work. Months prior to mandatory reporting of all crimes against citizens with I/DD went into effect, the Aurora Police Department’s SVU learned the law and worked as if it were the law, not merely a pending mandate. APD’s SVU spearheaded collaboration with adult protective services’ and 17th and 18th Judicial District professionals to establish systems required by SB109 before they were required. They collected data from their responses to crimes where the victim had an I/DD. Sergeant Vaz educates law enforcement professionals throughout the State about APD’s SVU’s experiences with, knowledge about, and collaboration to most effectively implement mandatory reporting of crimes where the victim has an I/DD. Sergeant Vaz and APD’s SVU collaborates with The Arc of Aurora on training and education opportunities for both justice and I/DD professionals.

Special Victims Unit

SVU Unit (L to R): Investigator Sandra Moreno, Agent Lana Maddox, Investigator Travis Lore, Detective Sergeant Damon Vaz, Investigator Bobbi Jo Olson, Investigator Leslie Roberts.

Not pictured: Officer Jim Seneca, Senior Resource Officer

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by Guest  On Aug 04, 2016 at 11:33 AM
  
An additional $2,000.00 has been added by the Aurora Police Reward Fund bringing the total reward up to $4,000.00. Investigators continue to ask for anyone who has any information or may have witnessed anything at all related to this homicide to please come forward and help us bring justice to the victim, and their family.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Agent Matthew Ingui with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at (303)739-6067. Tipsters also can call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867. By calling Crime Stoppers you can remain anonymous and be eligible for the reward. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Agent Mike Prince with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6127. Tipsters can also report information to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers by calling 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

  Homicide
Photo of victim Alexander Johnson

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

Previously posted July 21, 2016:

At around 12:43 this morning, the Public Safety Communications Department received multiple 911 calls about shots being fired at the Viridians at the Gardens on Havana Apartment Complex. When officers arrived on scene they located an adult male suffering from a gun shot wound in a vehicle which was stopped in front of 1276 South Joliet Court. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he succumb to his injuries.

Detectives from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and will be handling the investigation into this crime. Investigators from the Crime Scene Investigations Unit are currently processing the crime scene and are expecting to be at the scene for several hours.

No description of the suspect(s) is available at this time.

The name of victim will be released at a later time by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Agent Mike Prince with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6127. Tipsters can also report information to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers by calling 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.
Posted by Guest  On Jul 30, 2016 at 11:18 AM
  
On Friday July 29, 2016 at 4:06 a.m. officers responded to a man with a gunshot wound at the Carriage Motor Inn located at 9201 East Colfax Avenue.

Upon their arrival officers found two adults and one juvenile in three different areas of the motel suffering from gunshot wounds. All three parties were transported to local hospitals where they are undergoing surgery, and are expected to survive. This is still an active and ongoing investigation, and details are still emerging. We do not have a suspect in custody at this time, and are not looking for anyone else.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Agent R. Day with the District One Investigations at 303.739.1835. Tipsters can also report information to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers by calling 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095
Posted by Guest  On Jul 29, 2016 at 1:31 PM
  
Residents of Aurora are invited to celebrate National Night Out (NNO) with the Aurora Police Department and the rest of the country on Tuesday, August the 2nd. NNO is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. The goal of the campaign is to make Aurora a safer place.

The Police Area Representative Team for District 2, which serves northeast Aurora has announced the District's plans for the evening. There will be a series of parties at several locations throughout the District from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.

NNO party locations:

Landon Park Apartments, 100 S. Sable Blvd.
Brookvale Neighborhood, 1300 S. Laredo Ct.
Murphy Creek Recreation Center, 23801 E. Florida Ave.
The Preserve at City Center, 1098 S. Evanston Way.

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by Guest  On Jul 28, 2016 at 12:38 PM
  
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