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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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Law enforcement encourages drivers to slow down, “Move Over” and drive safe
 
Turn on the radio, put away your cell phone, buckle your seat belt and keep an eye on the road – all things drivers learn before heading out. But, one thing many motorists may not be aware of is Colorado’s “Move Over” law. If you see an emergency vehicle pulled over on the side of the road, move over a lane to give them space. Local law enforcement is sharing the message - slow down, move over and keep everyone safe on the roads.
 
Aurora Police Department, along with 29 law enforcement agencies statewide, will be heading out Wednesday, March 22 to educate and enforce Colorado’s “Move Over” law.
 
The law is in place to protect law enforcement, roadside workers and drivers. It requires motorists to move over one lane to provide a safe buffer for emergency vehicles on the side of a highway or road. If moving over a lane is not possible, the law requires drivers to greatly reduce their speed when approaching an emergency vehicle.
 
Colorado’s ‘Move Over’ law not only protects law enforcement and other emergency personnel, but other drivers as well, there have been several tragic incidents that were a result of drivers not moving over for emergency personnel This law helps keep everyone safe – both emergency personnel and the people we serve and protect.
 
In many traffic crashes, distracted driving is a factor. Statewide traffic fatalities continue to increase – 488 in 2014; 547 in 2015; 607 in 2016. Encouraging motorists to stop driving while distracted is a key to reducing overall traffic crashes. The “Move Over” law is part of that overarching campaign.
 
The law was first implemented in July 2015. However, several officers have been injured, or lost their lives, due to drivers not abiding by the law. For the next several months, law enforcement agencies across the state will be joining forces to educate drivers and help enforce this lifesaving law.
 
In an effort to continually increase awareness, this is the fourth iteration of “Operation 1 Charlie 3.” The operation was named in honor of Colorado State Trooper Cody Donahue and his family. Donahue was hit and killed by a driver who failed to move over.
 
These high-visibility and educational efforts take place monthly. During February’s campaign, law enforcement stopped more than 900 drivers. At least 585 of those stops were “Move Over” violations. Law enforcement’s goal is to keep reducing that number and increase awareness among motorists.
 
Participating agencies in Wednesday’s enforcement and educational campaign include:
 
  • Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office
  • Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office
  • Aurora Police Department
  • Basalt Police Department
  • Boulder County Sheriff’s Office
  • Boulder Police Department
  • Broomfield Police Department
  • Cannon City Police Department
  • Castle Rock Police Department
  • Colorado State Patrol
  • Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Durango Police Department
  • Florence Police Department
  • Fort Lupton Police Department
  • Fremont County Sheriff’s Office
  • Garfield County Sheriff’s Office
  • Greenwood Village Police Department
  • Lafayette Police Department
  • Larimer County Sheriff’s Office
  • Logan County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lone Tree Police Department
  • Park County Sheriff’s Office
  • Parker Police Department
  • Peterson Airforce Base Security Forces
  • Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Teller County Sheriff’s Office
  • University of Colorado Boulder Police Department
  • Wheatridge Police Department
  • Woodland Park Police Department
 
Also, special thanks to CDOT and the Northwest Parkway Toll Authority for helping keep drivers informed with the video message boards.


Officer K. Deichsel
Aurora Police Department
Traffic Section

Posted by kdeichse@auroragov.org  On Mar 21, 2017 at 7:12 PM
  
On March 7th, 2017, at about 6:57 PM, Aurora Police Traffic Officers responded to an Auto Pedestrian crash at East 28th Avenue and North Tower Road.  When they arrived, they found that a 52 year old male was walking west across North Tower Road on the north side of the intersection.  The intersection is not controlled by traffic signals.  A 1993 Toyota Corolla driven by a 70 year old male was northbound in the left through lane of traffic.  The driver of the Toyota saw the pedestrian and tried to brake but was unsuccessful.  The pedestrian was struck by the Toyota.

The pedestrian was transported to an area hospital where he later died.  Detectives are currently trying to positively identify him.  Once identified, his identity will not be released until next of kin are notified.

The driver and sole occupant of the Toyota remained on scene.  He was not injured.  His identity is not being released at this time.

Traffic investigators continue to work the scene.  At this time, speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in this crash.  It will take some time to determine fault.  Northbound Tower Road remains closed during this investigation.

Sergeant William Revelle
Aurora Police Traffic Section
303 739 6374
Posted by wrevelle@auroragov.org  On Mar 07, 2017 at 8:18 PM
  
Darin Parker Named New District 3 Commander

Chief of Police Nicholas Metz is pleased to announce the appointment of Darin Parker to the rank of Commander. He will oversee the operations of District 3 and command 113 personnel. District 3 provides law enforcement services to Southeast Aurora which covers approximately 53 square miles and serves approximately 141,000 residents.

Commander Parker started his law enforcement career as a Police Officer with the Albuquerque, New Mexico Police Department in 1989. In 1995 he moved north to Colorado and joined the Aurora Police Department. He later promoted to Agent (detective) and was assigned to the Crimes Against Person’s Unit and Crimes Against Children Unit where he investigated serious felony crimes.

In 2002 Commander Parker was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He supervised a patrol team, the Pattern Crimes Unit and was an Investigator with the Internal Affairs Section. In 2009 he was promoted to Lieutenant and served as a Watch Commander at District 1 and as the Sector Commander for District 2. He also commanded the Narcotics Section and the Operations Support Section (SWAT and K-9 Units).

During the summer of 2016 Commander Parker completed the Senior Management Institute In Policing which was sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum. He has also completed the IACP Leadership in Police Organization Course and the University of Denver Executive Leadership Program. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University.

Lieutenant Brett Parvin, New Executive Officer to the Chief of Police

Chief Metz has selected Lieutenant Brett Parvin to serve as his Executive Officer. He will oversee the department's community outreach efforts and command the Media Relations and Recruiting Units. He most recently served as the Commanding Officer of the department's Record Section where he was oversaw the operations of 51 employees, including 5 civilian supervisors and one Sergeant.

Lieutenant Parvin, who grew up in Aurora joined the Aurora Police Department in 2000. During his time as a Patrol Officer he was assigned to patrol and the District 2 Police Area Representative Unit. In 2004 he was promoted to the rank of Agent (detective) and was assigned to the District 1 Crimes Against Persons Unit. In 2007 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. During his tenure as Sergeant he supervised two patrol teams, the Support Services Unit, and the Emergency Response Team (ERT).  In 2012 he was promoted to Lieutenant and served as a Watch Commander and Sector Commander for District 2 before being assigned to command the department's Record Section.

Lieutenant Parvin earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in English from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

Other Executive Leadership Team Changes

Commander Harry Glidden, the Commander of the Internal Affairs Bureau will now serve as the Commander for District 1. District 1 provides law enforcement services to West Aurora. It is 19 square miles in size and serves approximately 122,000 residents. He will command 165 personnel.

Commander Eric Stewart, the Commander for District 1 will now serve as the Commander of the Internal Affairs Bureau.

Captain Terry Brown, the Deputy Commander for District 1 will now serve as the Commanding Officer of the Special Operations Bureau. He will command Investigative Support Section and Narcotics Section. 

Captain Bob Stef, The Commanding Officer of the Special Operations Bureau will now serve as the Deputy Commander of District 1.

Captain Rob McGregor, The Commanding Officer of the Technical and Support Bureau will now serve as the Deputy Commander of District 3.


Commander Darin Parker
Commander Darin Parker

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095

Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Mar 04, 2017 at 3:26 PM
  

Pedestrian versus Train Accident

APD Case 17-6674
February 19, 2017 at 2:07 PM
E. 30th Ave & N. Peoria St 

  On February 19, 2017 at about 2:07 PM, Aurora Police and Fire responded to E. 30th Ave & N. Peoria St. on a report of a pedestrian being struck by a RTD light rail train on the R line.  There they found that a 35 year old Asian male had been struck and was unresponsive.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was declared deceased.

  The investigation thus far indicates that the male was walking east on the north side of 30th, west towards the light rail tracks.  The oncoming light rail train, which was in training operation with no passengers, was traveling south.  The safety equipment at the crossing was activated to include the arms that stop vehicular traffic on the roadway, pedestrian gates and illuminated signs with the international symbol for “Don’t Walk”.

  For an unknown reason, the pedestrian ignored the warnings, pushed through the gate and into the path of the light rail train.  The train operator immediately activated the emergency braking system but was unable to stop before striking the male. It appears that the male was hearing impaired and possible intoxication is also a factor being investigated at this time.

  The Aurora Police Traffic Unit will conduct the investigation in coordination with the Adams County Coroner’s Office, who will release the identity of the male at a later date.
Sgt. C. Carleton
Traffic Investigations

Posted by ccarleto@auroragov.org  On Feb 19, 2017 at 7:03 PM
  
I have been hearing concerns from members of Aurora’s diverse immigrant community on the subject of immigration enforcement. Many members of that community have fears of reaching out to the police and other emergency services in a time of need because of their documentation status. I want to reassure members of those communities that if they find themselves in a situation where they need help that they should not be afraid to call 911. Our policy remains the same…officers will not enforce, investigate, or detain individuals based solely on their immigration status.

Our policy is not based on politics or personal philosophy. It is based on public safety. It is our goal to ensure that all individuals within Aurora feel safe in reporting emergencies and working closely with the APD to ensure our city remains a safe place for all.

Nicholas Metz
Chief of Police
@APDChiefMetz

Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Feb 17, 2017 at 3:53 PM
  
The Aurora Police Department is announcing the implementation of a new department initiative for enhancing community relations – the establishment of a Community Policing Advisory Team. This group was identified as a departmental goal in the most recent (October 2016) Initiatives for Enhancing Community Relations booklet

The Community Policing Advisory Team is comprised of members of our diverse community who will advise APD on a variety of issues to include, but not limited to:

§ Community policing and engagement strategies, as well as directly assist APD in community outreach.

§ Providing consultant advice to the department during times of crisis directly impacting the police and the community.

§ Provide advice and opinion pertaining to current or proposed policies, procedures and training.

§ Assist in creating mechanisms in improving communication between police and community.

§ Assist in creating mechanisms in how best the community can recognize great work by our employees.

There are currently 16 members of the Community Policing Advisory Team chosen by Chief Nicholas Metz from among public and private sector business partners, community groups, faith communities, and private citizens. Current membership includes representatives from Aurora Public Schools, Cherry Creek Schools, AKCRT (Aurora Key Community Response Team), the immigrant and refugee communities, the youth community, the business community, the Asian community, the Hispanic/Latino community, the NAACP, the Christian faith community, the Muslim faith community, the Aurora Human Rights Commission, and the Aurora Chamber of Commerce.

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Feb 16, 2017 at 6:29 PM
  
UPDATE: Investigators are releasing video footage of the crash which is attached to this news release. They are  searching for additional witnesses to this crash. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Agent Steve Chinn with the Traffic Investigations Section at 303.739. 6342.

VIDEO FOOTAGE: 





Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095


Information previously released on February 14th, 2017 at 6:10PM.


UPDATE:  Investigators have reviewed surveillance video at the railroad crossing. The videos show that the driver of the van pulls into the railroad crossing area and stops prior to the crossing gates being activated by the approaching RTD A-Line commuter train. He remains idle for approximately 38 seconds and then drives directly into the path of the train.  Investigators have now focused their investigations into whether or not the actions of the driver were intentional.

North Chambers Avenue and East Smith Road will remain closed until midnight tonight.

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
72-432-5095

Information previously released on February 14th, 217 at 08:05a.m.

On Tuesday February 14, 2017 at approximately 3:49 a.m. a passenger van traveling south bound on North Chambers Road was struck by an eastbound A-Line RTD train while the van was on the train track between the crossing gates.

An Aurora Police Officer was present and working at this train crossing intersection, as well as an employee contracted by RTD, at the time of the crash and witnessed this incident. The Aurora Police officer attempted to stop the driver of the passenger van from traveling onto the tracks as the A-Line RTD Train was approaching on the tracks, but the van failed to stop and was struck by the train.   After the collision the train continued to travel for approximately 1/4 of mile before coming to a complete stop. The adult male driver of the van was extricated from the vehicle by the Aurora Fire Rescue Department. He was pronounced at the scene.

At this time we know 56 occupants were on board the RTD A-Line train. Four total patients were treated with only one being transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The identity of the driver is not being released at this time. His name will be released by the Adams County Coroner's Office.

The Aurora Police Department Traffic Section will be the lead agency investigating this crash. The Federal Railroad Authority and Regional Transportation District (RTD) are also involved with this investigation.

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095
Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Feb 16, 2017 at 4:34 PM
  

On Wednesday February 15, 2017 at approximately 2:30 a.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to the area of a tattoo shop located at 3095 S. Peoria St.  Officers responded in an attempt to locate a suspect who was wanted by the Federal Heights Police Department for domestic violence related charges.  The suspect, who is identified as John Arthur Thomas (DOB 07/21/1971), was believed to be at this location by the Federal Heights Police Department.  Officers eventually observed Thomas at approximately 4:45 a.m. outside of the tattoo shop and the suspect retreated inside of the business. 

Thomas made recent statements that he wished to cause harm to law enforcement Officers and was known to be armed and dangerous.  Officers on scene subsequently requested the assistance of additional specialized units, who responded to the scene.

After contact was established with Thomas inside the business, Thomas eventually surrendered without incident and members of the Federal Heights Police Department took custody of Thomas.

As a result of this incident, S. Peoria St. was closed between E. Cornell Ave. and S Parker Rd. but the road was reopened at approximately 11:00 a.m.

The Aurora Police Department appreciates the assistance, cooperation and understanding of the public and the media.  No further updates are expected at this point.

Any questions pertaining to the domestic violence incident should be directed to the Federal Heights Police Department.

Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
 720-432-5095

Posted by dcooley@auroragov.org  On Feb 15, 2017 at 1:16 PM
  

Aurora, CO. - January 25th, 2017-  The Aurora Police Department Traffic Section, in conjunction with multiple metropolitan law enforcement agencies, will be conducting traffic enforcement and education operations today in support of Colorado’s “Move Over” law.  The goal of this operation is to raise awareness and educate drivers on the law for the safety of our first responders out there on the roadways.  The Move Over law requires drivers to move over a lane when there’s an emergency situation along the shoulder.  If the driver can’t move over, they must slow down significantly to avoid an accident.  The law includes all Law Enforcement, Emergency vehicles, First Responders and Tow trucks.  This operation is in response to the tragic death of Colorado State Patrol Trooper Cody Donahue on November 25th of last year, who was investigating an accident on the shoulder of I-25 in Castle Rock, when a semi-truck driver failed to move over, drifted onto the shoulder, killing Trooper Donahue.  Our operations will be conducted on the I-225 and I-70 highway corridors for most of the day.  Most drivers stopped for violating the law will be educated and given warnings.  Those violations deemed more severe could result in a traffic summons being issued with fines and/or mandatory court appearances. 
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Lieutenant Michael A. McClelland

Aurora Police Department Investigations Division

Traffic Section Commander

303-739-6326

mmcclell@auroragov.org

 

 

Posted by mmcclell@auroragov.org  On Jan 25, 2017 at 8:26 AM
  

UPDATE-Press release from the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office:

17th Judicial District Attorney Dave Young announced Friday that formal charges of first-degree murder after deliberation have been filed against Jose Luis Lozoya in the stabbing death of 18-year-old Alonzo Devault on Monday.
Aurora police responding to a 911 call found Devault with multiple stab wounds on the ground in a parking lot at 14551 E. Colfax Avenue on at about 12:20 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16.

Lozoya (DOB 11/04/92) is charged with one count of first-degree murder after deliberation (F1). He was advised of the charge Friday morning and a preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Feb. 21 in Division T of Adams County District Court. Lozoya is held without bond.

Anyone who has information regarding this incident is asked to contact Aurora Police Detective Jamie Krieger at 303-739-6113.
The filing of a criminal charge is merely a formal accusation that an individual committed a crime under Colorado laws. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Sue Lindsay
Public Information
17th Judicial District Attorney's Office
303-835-5639


Information previously released on January 16, 2017

On January 16, 2017, at approximately 12:20 p.m. Aurora Police were dispatched to a report of a physical altercation between two parties in the 1600 Block of N. Eagle St. Upon arrival officers located an adult male who had been stabbed. Officers on scene rendered aid to the victim and rescue personnel were summoned to the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

 
The suspect, an adult male,  was located by officers in the area. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. The identity of the suspect is not being released at time. They are actively investigating this case and interviewing witnesses.  

 

Detectives from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigation Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation into this case.

 

The name of the deceased victim will be released by the Adams County Coroner’s Office once they have positively identified him and his next of kin have been notified.

 

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this case to call Agent Jamie Krieger at (303) 739-6113.

Posted by dcooley@auroragov.org  On Jan 20, 2017 at 2:08 PM
  
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