Aurora Police News
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:

Sergeant Bill Hummel-Unit Supervisor
Officer Crystal McCoy-Public Information Officer
Officer Matthew Longshore-Public Information Officer

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November 2018 - Posts

Chief Nick Metz would like to announce he has promoted District One Commander Harry Glidden, and Metro Division Investigations Bureau Commander Ernie Ortiz to serve in the Aurora Police Department as division chiefs effective Saturday November 3, 2018.

 

Chief Metz lauds both have demonstrated strong leadership abilities, and bring vast experience within the Aurora Police Department that will enhance the service to the citizens of Aurora as well as department personnel.

 

Division Chief Ernie Ortiz, who brings 33 years of experience in service to the City of Aurora, will lead the Operations Division, which oversees all patrol operations.  Chief Ortiz has lead in an executive supervisory capacity over the following units:  PAR, SWAT, District Command, the Training Section, and the Investigations Bureau.  Chief Ortiz holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from National American University.

 

Division Chief Harry Glidden, who brings 34 years of experience in service to the City of Aurora, will lead the Compliance & Professional Standards Division which oversees all aspects of police hiring, training, to include the City of Aurora Public Safety Training Center.  Chief Glidden has served in an executive supervisory capacity over the following units during his tenure at the Aurora Police Department: Patrol, Gang Unit, Communications, Vice and Narcotics, District Sector, Technical Services Bureau, PAR, DART, and the Internal Affairs Bureau.  Chief Glidden holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Management and a master’s degree in Business Administration. 

 

Please join us in wishing members of the Aurora Police Department’s Executive Staff the best of luck in their new assignments.

Leadership Reorg
Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
(720) 423-5095


Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Nov 08, 2018 at 2:40 PM
  

On November 2, 2018, at 11:16 A.M., Officers from the Aurora Police Department were notified by a School Resource Officer, working at Rangeview High School located at 17599 East Iliff Avenue, that there was a picture from Snapchat showing a student with a weapon in his waistband. The School Resource Officer believed that the student was still in the school building.

 

The School Resource Officer immediately notified dispatch who then requested a city-wide response. Officers from all three police districts, including SWAT, Police Area Representatives, K-9, Neighborhood Policing Unit, Media Relations Unit, Traffic Units, Command Staff, and Detectives, responded to Rangeview High School to assist. There were more than 70 Aurora Police Officers who converged on this location to provided support and valuable resources to this evolving situation.

 

The school was immediately placed on lockdown and students who were inside of the school were told to shelter in place. The students who were on the outside of the school building were escorted off school property and asked to rendezvous with officers down the street for further instructions. It should be noted that no students were injured from this incident and there were no shots fired at any time on campus.

 

After developing a plan to ensure the safety of students inside of the school, officers began to search the interior of the school in case the armed individual was still located in the building. There were also numerous officers who were tasked with patrolling the streets, parks, shopping centers, and areas around Rangeview High School and to also search for the armed suspect if they happened to be off school property already. A partial picture of the suspect was released to officers in the area and inside of the school.

 

While our resources were focused on this incident, the Public Safety Communications Division received at least 75 additional and unrelated calls for service, which may have been delayed as a result of this call for service at Rangeview High School.

 

At approximately 12:06 P.M., an officer in the area of South Buckley Road and East Evans Avenue observed a male matching the description of the suspect. Two individual were contacted, one of which was in possession of a BB gun made to look like a real firearm. Both males were detained in relation to this incident and were transported to our District 3 Police Station where detectives interviewed them. After the interviews, the juvenile males were released to their parents and criminal charges are pending.

 

Since both suspects are juveniles, we cannot release their names. We can confirm though that both are students are Rangeview High School.

 

This incident will continue to be investigated and we are asking anyone with information about this case to call Detective C. Fanning at (303) 627-3161.

 

We wanted to thank our partners from Aurora Fire Rescue, Falck Rocky Mountain Ambulance, and Aurora Public School Security Officers. We also want to thank the parents and the public for their patience and attention during this situation.

 

Chief of Police, Nicholas Metz remarked, “I am extremely grateful for all of the officers who quickly responded to Rangeview High School to ensure the safety of not only the students but the staff as well.  I wanted to also praise the Aurora Public School Security Officers who assisted our officers with scene security and access to the buildings. Thank you to Aurora Fire Rescue who responded and staged in the event of injuries to anyone. I appreciate the Rangeview High School staff and the School Resource Officer who quickly brought this to our attention and helped us resolve this situation quickly and safely. I commend my officers who apprehended the suspects and recognized the necessity to quickly capture the ones responsible. Our detectives are hard at work to ensure that this matter will be resolved with the most appropriate outcome.”

 

 

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
(720) 432-5095 

Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Nov 02, 2018 at 4:55 PM
  

The Aurora Police Department is announcing an arrest in the homicide that left one person dead on October 31, 2018 near North Billings Street and East Montview Boulevard.

A 15-year-old male was arrested last night on October 31, 2018 for the charge of First Degree Murder. The male’s identity and photograph cannot be released because of his status as a juvenile.

The criminal case remains open and to protect the integrity of that investigation, no further information is available at this time. The prosecution of the case is now in the hands of the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Further media inquiries should be referred to their office.

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


Information Previously Released on October 31, 2018

On October 31, 2018, at approximately 11:14 A.M., Aurora Police Department responded to the area of North Billings Street and East Montview Boulevard on a report of shots fired in the area. The reporting party was a deputy from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, who was in the area conducting an unrelated investigation. Assistance from the Aurora Police Department was immediately requested.

Officers quickly arrived and found an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers administered lifesaving measures and the adult male victim was then rushed to a nearby hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced deceased. The deceased victim will be identified at a later date by the Adams County Coroner’s Office, pending notification of next of kin.

For a short period of time, Sable Elementary was on a secure perimeter which has since been lifted. Residents in the area also received a reverse 911 call telling them to shelter in place while officers were continuing to search the area.

Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Detectives responded to the scene along with additional police resources. As part of the on-going investigation, detectives will work to determine what led up to the shooting. At this time, there are no suspects in custody. We are asking for the public’s assistance in solving this murder and gathering any information that witnesses may have. If you have information, you are asked to contact Detective Heath Graw at (303) 739-6213. Tipsters can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913- STOP (7867).


Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095

Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Nov 01, 2018 at 1:42 PM
  
 
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