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A Few Traffic Reminders
Tuesday, September 03, 2013

The Department routinely receives questions regarding traffic laws and complaints about driving behaviors. These are just a couple of our recent ones:

Q: There was a power outage in Greeley the other day causing the traffic signals to quit working. The lights were out for quite awhile. Why didn’t police officers direct traffic at the intersections?

A: Power outages cause a myriad of issues for both the citizens and the police. Calls for service increase immediately during these times, and all needs must be prioritized. Legislators recognized malfunctioning lights to be an issue years ago, and established the criteria for drivers when these situations occur. Intersections controlled by traffic signals that are out are to be treated as if they are a four-way stop until the lights are again functioning correctly. Since there is a “fix” in place when the lights go out, other situations and calls for service can take priority and police officers are dispatched accordingly. If officers are available and there are significant issues, officers may be dispatched to direct traffic until the problem can be solved.

Q: I’ve heard texting and driving is illegal in Colorado, yet I routinely see people who appear to be texting while they are at traffic lights, or driving down the street. Is texting illegal, and why aren’t these people being stopped?

A: Texting while driving is illegal in the state of Colorado. It is a primary offense, which means officers need not see another violation in order to stop a driver and issue a citation. And while texting seems to be what people focus on and see most often, distracted driving, overall, is the bigger issue. People are trying to do a number of things while driving – eating, drinking, managing children, changing the radio, reading the on-board computer screens, etc. – all of which affect a person’s ability to drive safely. There are more and more cars on the road these days, and more and more distractions both inside and outside the vehicle. Vehicles, when not under control, can do extreme, permanent damage resulting in far reaching consequences for all involved. As far as why people are being stopped – they are, when an officer sees the violation. Just as with speeding, or running a red light, or failing to stop at a stop sign, when a driver sees an officer he/she tends to be on their best driving behavior. When there are not police cars in the area, drivers believe they “can get away with it.” So as school starts please remember to drive safely, observe school zones, and wait until you’re home or out of your vehicle to read or send texts, eat your lunch, or make your phone calls, etc. As others have said, “The life you save may be your own,” but the lives you affect may be more than you can count.


What You Should Know About Amend. 64
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Amendment 64 - ColoradoAmendment 64 to the Colorado Constitution legalizes the recreational use of marijuana. It was signed into law on December 10, 2012.
There are essentially three parts to Amendment 64:

The legalization of limited amounts of marijuana for personal use
The legalization of accessories used for the consumption of marijuana
The legalization of the manufacture and sale of recreation marijuana
Our Greeley Police Department wanted to share information with you to help clarify what’s legal and what’s not. On that note, these are some of the major points everyone needs to know about this new law.
Personal Use
Amendment 64 authorizes the personal use of marijuana by individuals over the age of 21. Personal Use includes the following activities:
  • Possessing, using, displaying, purchasing or transporting up to 1 ounce of marijuana
  • Possessing, growing, processing, or transporting no more than 6 marijuana plants, with 3 or fewer being mature, flowering plants
  • Possession of all the marijuana produced by your plants on the premises where the plants were grown, provided that the growing takes place in an enclosed, locked space and is not conducted openly and publicly and is not available for sale
  • Transfer of up to 1 ounce of marijuana to another adult age 21 or over without remuneration
  • Consumption of marijuana provided that consumption is not conducted openly and publicly or in a manner that endangers others
  • Assisting any other adult age 21 or greater to do all of the above activities.
Marijuana Accessories
Amendment 64 removes marijuana accessories from the definition of drug paraphernalia if the marijuana accessories are used or possessed by a person age 21 or over.
Marijuana Accessories means any equipment, product, or materials of any kind which are used, intended for use, or designed for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, composting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, vaporizing, or containing marijuana, or for ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing marijuana into the human body.
Commercial/Retail Marijuana
Amendment 64 authorizes commercial Marijuana Establishments which include the following:
  • Marijuana Cultivation Facilities
  • Marijuana Testing Facilities
  • Marijuana Product Manufacturing Facilities
  • Retail Marijuana Stores
However the Greeley City Council has banned all Commercial/Retail Marijuana Establishments within the City of Greeley. The City Council has also banned the operation of marijuana clubs where individuals attempt to gather for the sole purpose of using marijuana. The City of Greeley is currently compiling a brochure which details this information more thoroughly and it should be available later this summer at various city offices, the police department and other business partners throughout the city.

Dog Days of Summer
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Pets are known to enjoy car trips and often bring smiles to passersby as they hang their heads out going down the street. They love the air in their face and the excitement of “getting to go!” With summer upon us it’s time for a couple of reminders when it comes to travelling with your pet.

Greeley Municipal ordinances prohibit “confining any animal within a parked, closed vehicle, without allowing cross-ventilation to prevent the animal from suffering heat exhaustion, heat stroke or death; and under no circumstances shall a person confine such animal in any parked, closed vehicle on any public street or way for more than thirty (30) minutes. Any animal control officer or any police officer observing any animal kept in violation of this Section may enter the vehicle, leaving written notice in the vehicle and shall impound such animal to protect its well-being.”

The temperature inside a vehicle rises quickly and pets inside can be subjected to very high temperatures in a very short time. Even with the windows cracked, the temperatures often are more than animals can safely endure. Animal control officers have found many animals in vehicles with temperatures in excess of 120 degrees. Unfortunately, some of these animals have suffered serious issues from being left in these conditions.

To keep summer safe for pets too, please consider leaving your pet in the coolness of your house, or the shade of the backyard, if your trip is going to end with parking the car for a period of time, even a short time. Let’s keep them cool!


Family and Police Want to Help Prevent Future Tragic Loss from Texting While Driving
Tuesday, April 09, 2013

For Immediate Release
For more information,
media representatives should contact:
Sgt. Susan West, Greeley Police Department, Public Information Officer
970-351-5383 Desk 970-371-3708 Cell

A family reeling in the grief of tragic loss hopes that sharing their son’s story will prevent future accidents caused by texting and driving.

The Heit family and Greeley Police Department wish to share the findings of a car accident investigation on April 3, 2013 in hopes that other families may avoid the tragedy and loss of a beloved family member. At 5:16 p.m., Greeley Police Officers and rescue personnel were dispatched to a single vehicle, rollover traffic accident on the outskirts of Greeley. The driver, Alexander Heit, 22, of Boulder was transported by ambulance to North Colorado Medical Center where he died a short time later.

Heit was in Greeley studying Audiology at the University of Northern Colorado. He was a good student and well liked in his classes. Colorado-raised with an affinity for being in the mountains, he loved being with his family, snowboarding in the winter and hiking in the summer. Friends and family remember Heit’s quick sense of humor, and his calm, kind presence.

Distracted driving, cell phone text

“I can’t bear the thought of anyone else having to go through something like this,” said Sharon Heit, Alexander Heit’s mom. “Please, vow to never, NEVER text and drive. In a split second you could ruin your future, injure or kill others, and tear a hole in the heart of everyone who loves you. And in honor of Alex’s memory, please do something kind for a stranger who needs help, as Alex always wished for a world were people were kinder to each other.”

Heit had been traveling eastbound on “O” Street from 35th Avenue, on a turn with a very narrow, dirt shoulder and a steep drop. Witnesses stated he seemed to have his head down, and began drifting into the oncoming lane of traffic. A westbound vehicle slowed and moved over just before Mr. Heit looked up. As he did, he jerked the steering wheel hard, over-correcting, resulting in his leaving the south side of the roadway, rolling and flipping the vehicle.

As officers investigated and searched the accident scene they discovered Heit’s cell phone in the vehicle. Visible on the display was a text message conversation with the last received text being at 5:16 p.m. There was a partial response typed below, but it was never sent. Heit had a spotless driving record and was not speeding.

While laws have been passed and public announcements made, texting and driving is still happening. “Unfortunately, when we think to ourselves, ‘I’ll just do it this one time,’ we are fooling ourselves,” said Chief Jerry Garner. This “one time” may be the only time. The Heit’s are sharing their tragedy and loss, in hope that through Alex’s story, others may realize and recognize just how dangerous texting and driving is. If this tragic, senseless accident can be a learning experience for others, perhaps others will be saved.


Greeley Police Department Reports 2012 Crime Stats
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

For Immediate Release
Sgt. Susan West, Greeley Police Department, Public Information Officer
970-351-5383 Desk 970-371-3708 Cell

Crime was a mixed bag in Greeley last year, according to figures released today by the Greeley Police Department.  Arson showed the biggest decline among Part One Crimes, dropping 33% from 2011 when 49 arsons were reported to the Police Department. Last year saw 33 logged.

Robbery also saw a significant decrease last year, declining 17% in 2012. Robberies decreased from 77 in 2011 to 64 last year. Motor vehicle thefts dropped from 150 in 2011 to 145 in 2012, while burglaries showed a significant decrease from 600 to 549.

One murder was reported in both 2011 and 2012.

On the other side of the ledger, three more rapes were reported in 2012 than the year before, when 39 were logged. Theft also increased in 2012, going up 7% to 2,583 reported crimes.  Some 2,413 were reported in 2011.

“Going after career criminals who are victimizing Greeley’s citizens remains the number one priority of the Police Department,” said Jerry Garner, Greeley’s police chief.

“We’ve made a good start, but there’s more to do.”

Greeley Police Department
2012 NIBRS Report


Performance Measures


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Part One Crimes include murder, rape, aggravated assault, robbery, arson, burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft.

*This category does not include justifiable homicides.