ORCHARD MESA, Colo. - The Grand Junction Police Department has a need for additional armor gear, so to help provide them with equipment, a bowling alley and a statewide program step in to help.
Shield 616, a Colorado based non-profit, working to equip every first responder with necessary safety gear held a bowling fundraiser at Orchard Mesa Lanes to help provide GJPD with this gear.
A lot of the equipment is similar to what Grand Junction officers who are on duty would already have.
However, Shield 616 wants to take it a step further by making sure that each and every officer whether they are on duty or not has access to this equipment.
"If a critical incident falls at our door step, officers who are off duty will have access to the same equipment as the officers on duty, we'll have people responding from every where and they will already be ready with their own equipment so that they can respond for the safety of our community," said Heidi Davidson, Police Information Coordinator for GJPD.
The packages they would provide would be for the 120 officers employed by GJPD.
Those packages are roughly $1,500.00 each and include a protective vest, front and back protective shields, bullet wound kit, and a protective helmet among other safety gear.
People can sponsor a specific named officer and donate to their equipment or to the department as a whole.
More opportunities to participate in Shield 616 fundraising efforts will be held Monday, February 18, at Red Robin from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.