Police policy violations found, report says
During the last four months of 2009, the Grand Junction Police Department found policy violations in four cases involving either citizen complaints or internal investigations, according to department records.
A report provided to The Daily Sentinel covering Sept. 1 to Dec. 31, said three officers, who were not identified in the report, were issued letters of reprimand or “counseled” in separate matters:
An investigation found an officer was justified in a traffic stop in December involving a boy, whose father later lodged a complaint saying the officer was “accusatory” and made his son stand in the cold, not allowing him to put his hands in his pockets.
The officer searched the boy’s car and cellular phone, but was found to have violated department policy by failing to give the boy a business card as required by law.
An officer failed to follow up with a person who called 911 in late September to complain about a reckless driver. The caller provided a license plate number for the vehicle.
A supervisor was reprimanded in October for conducting an “inadequate” review of a pursuit incident.
During the same period, the department fired 35-year-old Glenn Coyne, the patrol officer who was arrested Oct. 1 on suspicion of burglary and sexual assault involving a local woman.
Coyne was found dead Oct. 6 at a Front Range hotel in an apparent suicide.
Officers were also praised in formal commendations:
A woman sent a thank-you card to an officer, praising his professional conduct and apologizing for “being so emotional” during a contact in September.
That same month, another officer was thanked for his handling of a possible child-abuse incident, which was later referred to social workers for follow-up investigation.
Two officers were praised in December by a staff member at Hilltop Youth Services for “excellent services” on past calls.
Officers were also thanked for “professional and caring service” by Colorado State Patrol Trooper Randy White.
White was struck and seriously injured in November by a passing vehicle on U.S. Highway 6&50 as the trooper was investigating a traffic accident.