Rifle Police Department

  • Agency: Rifle Police Department
  • Address: 201 East 18th Street, Rifle, 81650 CO
  • Chief: Daryl Meisner (Chief of Police)
Phone: 970-665-6500
Fax: 970-665-6522

Rifle Police Department is located at 201 East 18th Street, Rifle, 81650 CO. The Chief of Police of the department is Daryl Meisner. The Rifle Police Department phone number is 970-665-6500.

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Carter Fulk is selling shirts to raise money for our K-9 program. He is the young man that donated Jax and Makai to the City last year. If you wish to buy a shirt, visit https://www.bonfire.com/new-design/ . Photo is of Carter, Tulo, Jax and Makai taken by the Post Independent.

Meeting Reminder: Do you live in a neighborhood that does not have a Community Watch group and you would like to start one? If so, please join us for a short informational meeting at the Rifle Police Department on Monday, February 26 at 6:30 pm. We will provide information on how to begin, what to expect, and how RPD can assist.

Our 2017 Yearly Report is posted on Nextdoor! Join Nextdoor to get a peak. A copy of the report will be available at our front desk. Be safe!

INFORMATION WANTED: BURGLARY 2018-2245 Do recognize the individuals in this video? If so, please contact the Rifle Police Department at 625-8095 or send us a message.

Making of the Troll Tree to parade Pics

A very well written article on cyber bullying by Officer Vanteylingen, there is also a link at the bottom of the article to a radio interview he did. Recently the questions were posed to me: Are the police dealing with any "cyber bullying?" Is it even something they can deal with? The answer to the first part is easy, and is a resounding yes; the police are dealing with cyber bullying. The second question is a little more complicated. Occasionally there are instances of cyber bullying that we can deal directly with, other times we have to enlist some outside help. Many acts online are petty, horrible, and mean, but ultimately not unlawful. We (the police, as representatives of the government) are required to balance people’s First Amendment rights to free speech against laws like Colorado Revised Statutes or C.R.S. 18-9-111 - Harassment – Kiana Arellano’s Law. We do certainly have laws that can be applicable to some incidents online. Harassment was amended by the state legislature in 2015 to catch up with more modern technology and allow law enforcement greater ability to charge cyber bullying than we possessed before. We can and do charge individuals with Harassment for cyber bullying actions they engage in. Depending on what is actually said, other charges may also be applicable, like: C.R.S. 18-3-207 - Criminal extortion, C.R.S. 18-7-107 - Posting a private image for harassment and several others. Despite these offenses, there are still times when our laws do not address reprehensible behavior online. Before enforcement, we take opportunities to help prevent and recognize cyber bullying. I firmly believe that our biggest tool against cyber bullying is education. I currently teach a course on Cyber Safety with all of the 5th and 7th graders during their tech time at Rifle Middle School, all the 9th graders during their computer classes at Rifle High School, and frequently a course on Digital Etiquette in several other 9th grade classes in their Freshman Academy classes, again at Rifle High School. These classes speak to a wide variety of strategies to stay safe online including but not limited to: limiting your contact with unknown/anonymous users online, disconnecting and taking a break from social media, telling an adult (parent, teacher, law enforcement) when you need help, and Do Not Take Nude or Semi-Nude Pictures. I repeat that last one a lot, while the number of times we deal with it is relatively low, the impact on the victim can be horrendous. The best way to prevent it occurring is to make sure that there aren’t any such pictures to be shared, by Not Taking Those Pictures. If we were having this conversation face to face I’d nearly be yelling that message by now, so please excuse the misplaced capitalizations, but it is a message I feel very strongly about. Sometimes there are other, more effective, options before law enforcement becomes involved. We work closely with our local schools to address incidents that may not be criminal, but have a school nexus. These instances are frequently best addressed by the school. Other strategies to deal with cyber bullying include reporting such cyber bullying activity to the app or webpage. Facebook is not government-owned, and not subject to all of the same Constitutional provisions and limitations. They have greater latitude to deal with (delete, lock, block, etc.) actions and statements that are a violation of their user agreements. Another under used option available on most social media is simply to block the offending party. A useful tool to combat some of the cyber bullying is to unplug for a while. Suspend or de-activate accounts and to try interacting with people face to face again. This separation can allow a person to realize that they need not be as constantly engaged with their social media as they may have been previously. We are also finding that if they do not disengage it becomes much more detrimental to their mental and sometimes physical health. While bullying once upon a time required the bully to be face to face, or in extreme cases to call a victim, now we are constantly surrounded by it. We willingly bring along the means of that harmful communication (computer, tablet, cell phone), and refuse to put it down. In an article on Social Media Today they cite that the average person spends almost 2 hours a day on social media (approximately 116 minutes) (Asano, 2017). An article by the New York Times cites a number released by Facebook that states their average user spends 50 minutes a day on Facebook (Stewart, 2016). Living in this state of being constantly plugged in and not having any escape from those pressures seems to be detrimental, especially to youth. There is scientific literature that suggests increased social media use in teens may be tied to an increase in youth suicide attempts. While this is hardly settled science, and concerns immensely complicated situations, the phenomenon certainly bears more study. It has been my experience that much of the drama we receive calls about involves the ability to say things 1) quickly (not having to think or wait until you see that person again) 2) from behind the safety and believed anonymity of a keyboard and 3) forgetting that what they say may live on in perpetuity entirely out of their control. This seems to lead to much less civil conversations. So what can you do? Is someone else communicating offensively online? Report it to the website or app. Block that party. If the communications are especially offensive, or continue despite having been asked to stop, please contact your local law enforcement. We must also examine our behaviors and actions online. Would you make that same statement to someone standing directly in front of you? Would you say it in front of your grandmother? If the answer to these questions is no, please reconsider your statement. While we don’t control others’ behavior, we do control our own, if you are interested in a kinder more civil discourse, please hold your actions to such a standard. Maybe you need a break, turn off the device, or deactivate the account. Meet up with a friend to have coffee or tea and talk, face to face. If you have a child, please monitor their actions and interactions online and make sure that you understand and approve of the apps they are using. Establish a dialogue and expectations about their behavior online, including enforcing time limits. Create and enforce a time when no one is allowed on devices, like at family dinner. Please let them know that if they have problems that they can come to you or another trusted adult. Finally, remember if you are having trouble online or otherwise, please tell someone. We cannot help if we don’t know there is a problem. School Resource Officer Will Van Teylingen Rifle Police Department http://kdnk.org/post/cyber-bullying-risehttp://kdnk.org/post/cyber-bullying-rise

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO. – Over the past week, residents of Garfield, Eagle, and Pitkin Counties have encountered an influx of bottles turning up on river banks. The bottles are similar in size to a water bottle but are easily recognizable as they have all been mostly encapsulated in duct tape. In most instances, the bottles have been filled with a blue or purple liquid and a paper-like substance. The contents of the bottles are corrosive and flammable; furthermore, the contents are hazardous to human health. If encountered, do not move, touch, or open the bottles. Instead, note the location and immediately contact your local law enforcement representatives. Additional information will be released as it becomes available. You may also access the Garfield County Website for any additional information.

A Park Ave. Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held tonight at 6:30 at the Rifle Police Department! If you live on Park Ave. or any of the connecting streets, please consider attending.

This shy neutered male dog was loose in the 200 block of W 28th Ct today just before 5pm. With no collar or tags to help us return him to his home, he was impounded. If this is your dog, please come to the Rifle Police Department at 201 E 18th St to get a release form. For more information call dispatch at (970) 625-8095.

This sweet intact male dog was running loose in the Kings Crown mobile home park (200 W 20th St) today at 5:15 pm. No one we encountered in the park knew who he belonged to and he did not have a collar, tags or microchip to help us return him to his home. If you know who he belongs to or if this is your dog, go the the Rifle Police Department to get his impound release. For more information please call the dispatch number (970) 625-8095.

This nice dog followed some folks into the Communications Center in the 100 block of E 1st St today at 11am. Unfortunately, she has no collar, tags or microchip to help us find her home. If you know who she belongs to, or this is your dog, go to the Rifle Police Department to get her impound release. For more information please call the dispatch number at (970) 625-8095.

Fraud Alert! RPD Officers took a report, and I wanted to pass along some of the ways that this fraud was attempted. An individual had their Facebook account compromised (possibly hacked). That individual's friends list was used to make contact via Facebook Messenger with our victim. The victim had no reason to believe that the person that was messaging them was not actually their friend on Facebook. The scammers used this friendship to convince the victim to contact a third party under the guise of the victim receiving a large payout from a government program, which the "facebook friend" had allegedly benefited from. (Too good to be true, Red Flag!) The third party began requesting a great deal of personal information, and was very pushy and demanding (To a degree that was excessive, they do this to keep your stress level up so that you don't think as clearly. Red Flag). The scammer repeatedly told the victim not to tell anyone else about the deal, including law enforcement (Huge Red Flag, legitimate organizations don't hide, and even when they do minimize publicity they don't demand you refrain from talking to anyone about the program). The scammer also needed payment to release funds (Big Red Flag for frauds of all types). The victim was eventually able to contact their friend via phone and learned that they had not sent any of the messages. Please be careful out there, if you have questions about whether something is fraudulent, please reach out to us via the Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority (Dispatch) at 970-625-8095. We would much rather spend some time helping you determine the validity of one of these claims than to have you be victimized. There is an ongoing investigation in this case.

The City of Rifle Police Department has lifted the Accident Alert. Please use caution when driving, there is still snow and icy spots, don't go out unless you need to, if you have to go out give your self plenty of time. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Just a friendly reminder to keep Rifle's sidewalks safe and clear of snow and ice. If you have an elderly or disabled friend not able to clear their own sidewalks, or if you are interested in volunteering, remember we have the snow program to help. Call RSVP Helping Hands for Seniors at (970)947-8462.

The City of Rifle is on ACCIDENT ALERT. If no injuries and no tow needed please exchange information and complete report on State CDOT website. If your vehicles are still operable and are able to clear the roadway please do so. Thank you for your cooperation.

Rifle's leash law protects both people and animals. Show respect, be respected - please keep your dog on a leash.

Found rooster in the 700 block of Whiteriver Ave. The bird was found on February 5 and taken in by a resident who was worried the bird would be hit by cars as it wandered in the road. If you are missing a rooster, please call dispatch at (970)626-8095 to claim the bird. Please also be aware that roosters are prohibited within Rifle City limits and would need to be moved out of town.

*** Please note the date change*** Please join us at the Rifle Police Department for the first Highlands neighborhood Community Watch group. We will discuss how CWs function and cover neighborhood concerns.

We are hosting the first Willow Ranch Community Watch meeting at the Rifle Police Department on February, 19. We will discuss items of interest for the neighborhood and elect an organizer. If you live in a community that does not have a Community Watch and you would like to organize one in your neighborhood, please attend the February 26 meeting.

Do you live in a neighborhood that does not have a Community Watch group and you would like to start one? If so, please join us for a short informational meeting at the Rifle Police Department on Monday, February 26. Please RSVP via FB.

There was recent police activity in the area of Birch and Cedar. Police were in a foot pursuit with a suspect who is now in custody. There is no danger to the public.