The Fruita Police Department mission is the result of a collaborative effort involving all employees of the Police Department. It was developed with the intention of providing a clear direction for the employees in their efforts of completing their daily tasks.
The Mission Statement of the Fruita Police Department:
To protect life and property and reduce the fear of crime through a mutual partnership with our citizens while providing professional services to enhance the quality of life in our community.
This Mission Statement incorporates all law enforcement functions and understands the concerns that face community residents. The Mission Statement also recognizes our desire to create a partnership with community residents in ways to establish problem solving methods to address crime and disorder issues. Incorporated into this process was the selection of a department "motto" stating our daily commitment to the citizens of our community:
"Envision the Future"
This Motto acknowledges our dedication to progress and new ideas with recognizing change and adjustments may need to be made as an integral part. The Fruita Police department remains dedicated to re-evaluating how we can provide basic policing services and how to best utilize resources, so together, we can enhance the quality of life in our community.
Both the Mission Statement and Motto created by employees with the Fruita Police Department shows our dedication and commitment to serving the community through new and innovative concepts and to constantly strive to provide the very best policing services. Phone: (970) 858-3008
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Letter from the Chief
The employees with the Fruita Police Department would like to welcome you to our website. The Fruita Police Department is committed to finding ways to communicate with community members and those interested in learning more about the police department.
The employees take pride in creating a work environment that is professional yet fun. We take pride in supporting each other and each other’s family. We hold ourselves to a high work ethic which shows during every contact we have with all citizens.
It is my belief the community policing philosophy is essential in establishing a positive partnership with all citizens. Our community policing starts with every citizen contact and how we treat every citizen regardless of the situation. Additional examples include: taking the time to offer all citizens crime prevention tips; sharing information with each other so we can look for patterns of crimes; once identified, working aggressively to hold accountable those that are committing crimes against citizens in our community; and supporting employee’s new ideas and programs that promote a safe community.
Because of our location with many outdoor activities for our citizens to enjoy, we strive to make the City of Fruita a safe community. As we continue to grow from a current population of 10,000 +, opportunities for growth within the Fruita Police Department will follow. If you are interested in becoming a member of our progressive department and team, contact any one of our employees at the police department or call the City of Fruita Human Resource Department at 970-858-8373.
Police Department Organizational Information
The Police Department consists of two sections, Operations and Services. Both sections are overseen by a Lieutenant. The Lieutenant directly supervises the employees in the Services Section.
The Services Section consists of: the Records Unit and Police Services Unit. The Police Services Unit includes one Police Services Technician/Animal Control officer and a part-time Evidence Technician and two Investigators. The Records Unit consists of one full time Records Clerk and two part-time Records Clerks.
The Operations Section consists of the Patrol Unit, the School Resource Officer Program, the K-9 Program and Investigations. The Patrol Unit is staffed with two Sergeants, one who works day shift and the other works swing shift; 9 Patrol Officers; one School Resource Officer; a part-time Patrol Officer; and one Reserve Officer.
An interesting fact about the Officers with the Police Department:
School Resource Officer Program
One Officer is assigned to cover Shelledy and Rim Rock Elementary, Fruita Middle School (FMS), the 8-9 School and Fruita Monument High School (FMHS). The dayshift patrol team assists the School Resource Officer (SRO) by handling calls for service at FMHS and any other school if the SRO is busy.
In 2009, for the first time since the inception of the SRO Program, Mesa County School District #51 provided funds to three law enforcement agencies to assist with funding this program. As a result, the Fruita Police Department received $33,000.00.
In 2009, the School District adopted the Lion’s Quest curriculum to be taught in the Elementary Schools by their Counselors. The Police Department did offer to teach the D.A.R.E. Program in both Fruita Elementary Schools for the 2009-2010 school year. In 2008, the C.A.D.O. Award winning D.A.R.E. vehicle, a 1998 GMC Jimmy, was replaced with a 2008 black Dodge Magnum striped with an American Flag and D.A.R.E. on the sides of the vehicle.
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