Wednesday, February 24, 2021


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New website offers direct access to crime and public safety-related information

MESA COUNTY, Colo – The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is excited to announce the launch of a new interactive website and mobile app to give community members an easier, more effective way to stay informed and help fight crime.

The new Mesa County Sheriff’s Office CRIMEWATCH website was developed in partnership with CRIMEWATCH Technologies and is part of the CRIMEWATCH Network ( This new website and mobile app work in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Office’s existing website to give the public direct access to crime and public safety-related information. Community members can use CRIMEWATCH to learn more about crime occurring in their specific neighborhood as well as ways to prevent crime and prepare for emergencies.

“It is vital for any law enforcement agency to work in partnership with the community they serve. I’m pleased the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office can offer this new public safety tool and excited about its potential. We hope community members will feel empowered with this new technology to partner with us in finding new ways to reduce crime and create safer neighborhoods,” said Sheriff Matt Lewis.

Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is the first Colorado-based law enforcement agency to go live on the CRIMEWATCH Network; a communications platform developed specifically for law enforcement agencies that allow for direct engagement with community members.

This free resource allows Mesa County residents and businesses to do the following:
  • Sign up for customized alerts about emergencies and crime happening in your neighborhood,
  • Connect directly with deputies,
  • Learn about ways to help prevent crime and spot the latest scams,
  • Easily submit tips,
  • Collaborate with law enforcement to solve crime using existing security systems. Learn more about the camera registry program here.
  • View recent cases, arrests, and wanted lists,
  • Learn ways to prepare for emergencies and potential disasters,
  • Share information with others through social media, and
  • Get connected with resources and services.

Community members are strongly encouraged to visit, connect with Sheriff’s Office social media sites, and/or download CRIMEWATCH Mobile for free from the Apple or Android App Store.

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For more information or to view the new Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Website visit, or to learn more about CRIMEWATCH visit

Monday, February 22, 2021

New Online Service for Concealed Handgun Permit Applications

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is now offering an online process for Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) applications.

Mesa County residents can now apply for, renew, and submit payment for their CHP electronically from the convenience of their desktop or mobile phone. The online service, Permitium, takes applicants through the online application and then schedules an in-person appointment. During the scheduled appointment at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, applicants will be fingerprinted and have their photo taken to complete the CHP application process.

“We want to be respectful of people’s time and provide better customer service. During peak times, people have had to wait more than an hour. We are looking to reduce that to less than 20 minutes,” said Records Administrator Donna Draper. “This new service moves the application process online where it can be completed at your convenience.”

The online CHP application process is now live. Residents are encouraged to have a copy handy of their Colorado Government photo ID and training certificate before beginning the application.

Start your application here.

As of February 22, 2021, all New and Renewal applications are required to be submitted electronically. No walk-in appointments will be available.

Thank you for your patience while we make this transition.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Grand Junction man arrested after running from deputies

CLIFTON, Colo - At approximately 1:15 Thursday afternoon, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a person checking door handles and possibly trying to break into cars in a neighborhood near Cottonwood Lake Drive and D ½ Road.

When deputies arrived and approached the female, she got into a Toyota sedan with three other people. The car took off at a high rate of speed.

The Toyota was ultimately located in the area of 29 Road and Orchard Ave. The driver stopped the car and ran away on foot. Deputies located the adult male and arrested him without incident. Charges for reckless driving and eluding are pending further investigation.

The three remaining passengers are believed to have exited the car en route to 29 Road. One passage was detained and later released. Deputies are looking to identify the two other people believed to be in the car including the female who was reportedly seen checking door handles. If you have information about their identities or this crime, please contact the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 242-6707. You can also send information to Mesa County Crime Stoppers (970) 241-STOP.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

DA Review of CIRT Investigation Complete

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the following information on behalf of the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT).

The 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) has completed its investigation of the
October 11, 2020 officer-involved shooting and turned it over to the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office. The review of the investigation is complete and the findings can be viewed here.

All officer-involved shootings in Mesa County are investigated by the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team, which is comprised of representatives of the Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Fruita Police Department, Palisade Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Department of Corrections, 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and Colorado Bureau of Investigation. CIRT is activated when a law enforcement agency is involved in a critical incident to ensure an independent investigation. Because Grand Junction Police Department personnel was involved in this incident, the Mesa County Sheriff's Office is leading this investigation on behalf of CIRT.

Both officers involved have returned to work, however, one officer is still recovering from injuries sustained during the incident and is performing transitional duties until cleared for full duty.

For previous press releases about this incident, click here.