On Saturday, August 12, the Longmont Police Explores helped at the second annual Missing In Colorado event held at the Lowry Conference Center in Denver.
This is the second year the Explorers have helped at the event which is hosted by the Longmont Police Department and the Colorado Bureau of Investigations. The event gives families resources and the opportunity to meet with others families who have loved ones that are missing.
Come join Boulder County and the City of Longmont at the 2nd Annual Preparedness Fair! At this fair you will have a chance to see and climb on Public Safety Vehicles, meet and learn more about the organizations that provide disaster relief in Boulder County and participate in activities for a chance to win prizes! This event will help you to contribute in building community resilience. For additional information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (303)651-8438.
The Opioid Crisis: What can you do to help?
Longmont, like other communities, has had to deal with the opioid crisis. As a community we have had some tragic overdose deaths, but by far we have not experienced the dramatic increase in deaths as seen in other parts of the country. As a community we can find solutions and must work together across a variety of sectors to prevent opioid use, intervene, and provide resources for those suffering from an opioid use and addiction. As a community we need to combat heroin and prescription painkiller abuse because doing nothing will have a significant social and economic impact.
As an agency and a community we have already initiated a number of strategies to help limit access and save lives.
1. The Longmont Department of Public Safety has worked closely with our paramedic medical advisor and public health to discuss ways to address the opioid epidemic, bringing awareness to the community and local physicians. We know people can become addicted to pain medication and some turn to heroin when supplies are limited. Our goal is to help reduce the dependency before it becomes an addiction.
2. We have encouraged local physicians and pharmacies to use the Colorado Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, which is critical to cutting down on “doctor shopping” and preventing opioid overdoses.
3. We have installed a drug disposal bin, which is available to the public for free disposal of most prescription and non-prescription drugs, inside the lobby of the Safety and Justice Center, 225 Kimbark. St., Longmont, CO. After approximately 3 months, we have already collected over 250 lbs. of medications. This bin also helps keep prescription drugs out of our drinking water.
4. We are part of the Boulder County Wide Opioid Advisory Group, which was organized by Boulder County Public Health. This coalition is made up of members from law enforcement, fire, the D.A.’s Office, public health, the medical community and most importantly members of our Boulder county and Longmont communities. "Visit OpioidAdvisoryGroup.org for more information."
5. We have trained all our police in the use of Naloxone (Narcan), a lifesaving drug which can reverse the effects of a heroin or an opioid overdose. To date, Longmont police have saved two lives and over several years our fire department has saved many lives.
6. If you’re interested in obtaining your own Narcan Nasal Spray from a local pharmacy without a prescription, use the attached link and click the HOW TO GET shortcut. https://www.narcan.com/ By entering your zip code you can find a pharmacy in your area. This site also includes Narcan use instructions, links to training videos and other helpful information.
7. Longmont’s Special Enforcement Unit, works closely with area drug task forces. We are dedicated to sharing information and investigating crimes related to prescription fraud and illegal drug trafficking.
8. Longmont started the Angel Initiative in January 2017. This a referral program through Public Safety. We are helping connect those suffering from an addiction to treatment, employment and housing. Much of the services come at no cost to the participant.
9. We have hosted or supported community events aimed at reducing the stigma associated with addiction. We or our community teams have reached over 10,000 via Facebook and other social media conversations.
Opioids are filling this county's morgues
Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons and Colorado Crime Stoppers would like to invite the public across the entire state of Colorado to participate in bringing the Community and Law Enforcement together on the evening of August 12, 2017 at Roger's Grove Park in Longmont Colorado.
From 4-8 pm visitors can socialize and enjoy music from several local bands alongside those who serve and protect to keep us safe. Officials from the Longmont Police Department, the Denver Metro area, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, and more will be attending this event in support of the community. FOHVAMP and Crime stoppers will be raising money to further co-victim assistance and case resolution of over 1800 unresolved homicide and missing persons case since 1970. There will be food and beverages for purchase provided by Longmont's Texas Roadhouse. Bring chairs, blankets, or more to set a spot up to enjoy music in the park and supporting your community!
Here are some additional event details and attached flyer:
Texas Roadhouse will be selling BBQ sandwiches for $6, $8 with a side of corn. They will be selling lemonade and sweet tea as well. They are ONLY accepting cash payments.
FOHVAMP will be selling Eldorado Springs bottled water 2 for $3 or 1 for $2. We will accept both cash and card payments.
We will be accepting cash, card and check donations. Donations will go towards furthering co-victim assistance and case resolution of over 1800 unresolved homicide and missing persons cases since 1970.
There will be several victim assistance organizations attending that will be accepting donations as well. All donations are optional however Texas Roadhouse will be giving us a percentage of all their proceeds.
We will provide access to our cold case unresolved homicide and missing person database for individuals to make inquiries.
We will provide receipts for donations so they may be written off of taxes.
Parking is at 800 S Hover Rd, Longmont Co 80501. It is the vacant lot NEXT to Hobby Lobby parking area. It is across Nelson from the Boulder County Fairgrounds. The location will be clearly marked with signs and orange tape.
Visitors are encouraged to first drive directly to Roger's Grove and in the small pull in area drop off all passengers. Drivers can then go to the additional parking where a 15 person shuttle bus will be able to transport people back to the park. This way there won't be long wait time for the shuttle bus.
Road Closure - Special Event ( Sunrise Stampede - 2 mile & 10K walk / run ). Location: Grand View Meadows - closure. Event participants will be running along the Clover Basin westbound bike/ parking lane between Grandview Meadow and N. 75th Ave. Event participants will continue north along the east shoulder of N. 75th St between Clover Basin Dr and Mt. Sanitas Ave. The run route turns east on MT. Sanitas Ave to Mountain Dr. Boundaries: Between Redmond Dr and Clover Basin Dr. Nelson Rd, Clover Basin Dr. and N. 75 St. will be open to traffic. Duration: 08/12/2017 - 08/12/2017. Times: 7:00:00 AM - 11:00:00 AM
On Wednesday morning, August 9, 2017 at approximately 1:45 AM as many as three (3) suspects using a stolen red Jeep Cherokee out of Colorado Springs broke into Gold Marker Jewelers, located in the 1600 block of Pace Street, by driving the stolen Jeep through the barricaded front doors. Suspects then used items to break the display cases and steal jewelry.
The suspect(s) were seen outside the store armed with a weapon. The suspects fled the area in a second silver SUV, which is believed to be a stolen silver 2001 Jeep Cherokee, last known to be bearing Colorado license 469-MQX. This Jeep was stolen from the Town of Mead and is pictured below:
If anyone has information regarding this incident they are asked to please contact Detective Mark Deaton with Longmont Police Department at 303-651-8517. Please do not approach the suspect(s) if you see them in or around this stolen silver Jeep Cherokee (Colorado license 469-MQX). Please call 911 or your local jurisdiction immediately if this vehicle is located outside the City of Longmont. LPD Report #17-6953.
Just a reminder, that school starts Tuesday, August 15. School buses and many personal vehicles will be using our roadways to get children to and from school. Please use extra caution on our streets, especially in and around schools and school zones. Officers will be conducting extra patrols around these locations. Officers will be operating under a zero tolerance policy when patrolling in these areas.
Please use extra caution when driving near school buses.
• All traffic MUST stop, in either direction, when a school bus displays it’s RED flashing lights and or the RED stop arm on the side of the bus near the driver’s window.
• Failure to obey that basic rule can result in a hefty fine and a charge of 6 points against your driver’s license.
• There exceptions to the rule above. Traffic can pass a school bus displaying it’s red flashing lights, only when traveling in the OPPOSITE direction on a MULTI-LANE DIVIDED highway.
• In Longmont, roadways like Hover Street, 17th Avenue, and Ken Pratt Blvd, are considered MULTI-LANE DIVIDED highways. You can legally pass when going in the opposite direction in locations where the painted multi-use center lane is in effect
• Traffic can NEVER pass a school bus when the red lights are activated when going in the same direction as the bus.
Please remember these traffic safety tips, and enjoy the new school year.