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 Chris Neiman-Unit Supervisor
Officer Ken Forrest-Public Information Officer
Officer Bill Hummel-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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Recent Posts
March 2017 - Posts
Local Organizations Host First “Every 15 Minutes” Program in Aurora Colorado
Two-day simulation to educate students on the dangers of drinking and driving

WHO: Aurora Police Department (PIO: Diana Cooley 720-432-5095)
Aurora Public Schools, Hinkley High School (CCO: Patti Moon 303-326-7805)
City of Aurora Courts and Detention Center (PIO: Michael Bryant 303-739-7181)
Children’s Hospital Colorado (PIO: Hollon Kohtz, Media Pager: 303-890-8314)
Aurora Fire Rescue (PIO: Tony Krenz 720-477-0315)
Falck Ambulance
Arapahoe County Coroner
Health One Air Life
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Denver Metro Teen Drivers

WHAT: The “Every 15 Minutes” Program is a two-day event that brings together high school juniors and seniors and challenges them to think about the consequences of drinking and driving. The program also educates students on personal safety, responsible and mature decision making and the impact their decisions can have on family, friends, the community and their futures. Students work with local organizations and family members to craft a scenario to act out in front of peers and role play the consequences of their decisions and actions.

WHEN: Monday, April 3
(Please arrive at 11:30 a.m. to set-up before the crash scene begins at 12 p.m.)

WHY: Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S., more than homicide and suicide combined. There are at least 60 traffic fatalities in Colorado every year that can be attributed to distracted driving. Alcohol-related collisions are the leading cause of death among teenage youth.

The Aurora Police Department and Aurora Public Schools are partnering with Hinkley High School to host the first-ever “Every 15 Minutes” program in Aurora Colorado. The event brings together community leaders including the City of Aurora, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora Fire Department, City of Aurora Courts and Detention Center, Arapahoe County Coroner, Health One Air Life, Falck Ambulance and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to take a proactive step in educating local high school students about making mature decisions when alcoholic beverages are involved.

Additional Information and Media Opportunity:

Media is welcome to attend the crash scene that will be simulated on April 3 at 12 p.m. There will be a designated area for media to set up, as there will be many moving components during the scenario (arrival of ambulances and a helicopter).

Interviews will be provided to media before or after the crash scene on April 3. If interested in filming other parts of the event, please contact the designated PIO to make arrangements.

Media are invited to attend the second day of the event on Tuesday, April 4 at 8 a.m. at Hinkley High School. Students, parents and teachers will gather to watch the video that was created on April 3, and there will be speakers including members of the Aurora Police Department, Hinkley High School and MADD.

Officer Diana Cooley
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095
dcooley@auroragov.org
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Mar 30, 2017 at 9:26 AM
  

On 03/26/17, at 7:41 pm, Aurora Police Officers responded to the intersection of E. Iliff Ave and S. Telluride St. for a motorcycle vs auto traffic collision.

The motorcycle (2006 Yamaha sport bike) was traveling W/B on E. Iliff Ave. The auto (2013 Kia Optima) was E/B on E. Iliff Ave. intending to make a N/B turn onto S. Telluride St. The motorcycle broadsided the Kia in the intersection. The motorcycle rider was ejected with life threatening injuries and transported to the Medical Center of Aurora South. The motorcyclist was listed in critical condition with serious bodily injuries. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor. Preliminary investigation indicates that speed may be a factor in this collision. The investigation is ongoing. W/B Iliff Ave was closed during the investigation but has since been reopened. 

Officer K. Deichsel
Aurora Police Department
Traffic Section  

Posted by kdeichse@auroragov.org  On Mar 27, 2017 at 12:24 AM
  
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
  
 
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