April 26, 2022: The Broomfield Police Department recognizes National Crime Victims' Right Week, April 24-30, 2022. The faces of crime victims are those of our family, friends, and neighbors.
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) of the U.S. Department of Justice leads communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week by promoting victims’ rights, and honoring crime victims along with those who advocate on their behalf.
This year’s theme is "Rights, Access, Equity for all Victims." It celebrates the contributions we all can make toward supporting the healing journeys of crime victims. Trust is collective as well as individual, so we are honoring both the individual victims in our community as well as the groups engaged in building networks of understanding and support.
To recognize victims of crime and their loved ones, baskets of ribbons will be available in the foyer of the Broomfield Police Department through April 30. Residents are encouraged to pick up a ribbon, write the name of a loved one on it, and tie the ribbon to the tree planted outside the department in honor of victims.
For additional information about National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, and for information on how to support victims in your community, please contact Broomfield Victim Services at 303-438-6429 or visit https://www.broomfield.org/304/Victim-Services.
April 11, 2022: The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office announced today that Shane Hammond, the man accused of kidnapping a Broomfield girl more than two-years-ago, was successfully convicted on Friday.
“This guilty verdict ends a years-long investigation by Broomfield Officers, Detectives, and Crime Scene Analysts.” Chief of Police Enea Hempelmann said. “I am pleased justice has been served, and commend the dedicated work of all those involved.”
The kidnapping was first reported to the Broomfield Police Department on August 19, 2019. A young girl walking home from school in the Broadlands Neighborhood said a man in a gray truck forced her into his vehicle. She fought back and was able to get away.
Apart from witness statements and a few still photos taken by neighborhood security cameras, little additional evidence was available. That didn’t deter detectives, who spent more than six months tracking down the suspect’s truck.
Hammond’s vehicle was identified and located in February 2020. A comprehensive investigation was conducted with the assistance of additional law enforcement agencies. The combination of efforts led to significant evidence against Hammond, which resulted in the district attorney issuing a warrant for his arrest.
“This is why our men and women come to work everyday. To not just solve crimes, but also to bring justice to those who have been victimized.” Hempelmann said. “This case understandably rattled our community, and I am so proud of everyone at the police department who never gave up on finding the suspect.”
Hammond is being held at the Broomfield Detention Center, awaiting his sentencing hearing. The entire news release from the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office on Hammond’s conviction can be read here: https://adamsbroomfieldda.org/blog/8761/Defendant-Convicted-of-Kidnapping-12-Year-Old-Broomfield-Girl-on-Walk-Home-from-School-
February 28, 2022: The Broomfield Police Department is proud to announce the promotion of Nobi Gailus, Nick Sprague, and Mike Svela to commander. In addition, Clint Hess, Vince Lopez, Josh McCollum, Larry Ottosen, and Nick Weiman are being promoted to the role of sergeant.
“A rigorous promotional process was conducted over the past couple of weeks for the positions of sergeant and commander. We had many qualified candidates apply and test for these positions,” Chief of Police Enea Hempelmann said. “These were incredibly difficult decisions due to the outstanding quality of all the candidates. The time and effort invested in preparing for, and participating in, this competitive assessment process was evident, and the department is fortunate to have such well qualified candidates.”
All eight of the promotions are due to recent vacancies, and specific assignments will be determined in the near future. The assignments will take effect on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. The promotional ceremony for New Deputy Chiefs Mark Goodell and Roger Plunkett, along with the new sergeants and commanders is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16.
February 24, 2022: On Wednesday night, Feb. 23, the Broomfield Police Department received tips concerning a student who made threats against Prospect Ridge Academy Charter School. Officers made contact with the student Wednesday evening and initiated an investigation.
Out of respect for the concerns of the community, school officials made the decision to close the school out of an abundance of caution on Thursday, Feb. 24. There is no threat to the community at this time.
The police department investigations unit, along with school resource officers, will remain in constant communication with the school. No additional information is available for release at this time. School is scheduled as normal for Friday, Feb. 25.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this incident. Attached is the original message Prospect Ridge Academy sent to parents and staff Thursday night.
February 15, 2022: New Deputy Chiefs Named by Chief of Police
Upon review of the current organizational structure, increase in population, and the complexities involved in operating both a police department and a detention center, a third deputy chief has been added. Now, under Chief Hempelmann’s leadership, the BPD will be organized into three bureaus with eight divisions. Traditionally, the department has been organized into two bureaus with seven divisions.
This starts with the promotion of Commander Mark Goodell and Commander Roger Plunkett to serve as the department’s newest deputy chiefs following an in-depth promotional process.
“These promotions are well-earned and deserved,” Chief Enea Hempelmann said. “For decades, these two leaders have played pivotal roles in supporting the growing and changing department and community of Broomfield. I look forward to working with the deputy chiefs, and the entire department, to continue implementing and enhancing our core values of service, compassion, respect, integrity, pride, professionalism and trust.”
Current Deputy Chief Mike Clement will oversee the Special Operations Bureau, which consists of Technical Services, Investigations, and Administrative Services. Deputy Chief Plunkett will be assigned to the Field Operations Bureau that oversees Patrol and Special Services, and Deputy Chief Mark Goodell will oversee the Support Services Bureau, which includes the Broomfield Detention Center and Strategic Services.
The assignments take effect on Wednesday, Feb. 23, and a promotional ceremony will be scheduled in the near future.
February 9, 2022: Sadly, on February 1, retired Broomfield Chief of Police Tom Deland passed away unexpectedly. A funeral Mass for Chief Deland will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 11 at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church located at 900 W. Midway Blvd. in Broomfield.
Parking at the church will be limited. Overflow parking will be available for community members who are planning to attend at 6 Garden Center. The City and County of Broomfield will have two shuttle buses available to drive attendees from the parking lot at 6 Garden Center to the church starting at 1 p.m, and then back to the parking lot following the service. The funeral service is set to begin promptly at 2 p.m., so please allow enough time for parking and transportation. Masks are required on the buses per a federal regulation on public transportation.
A private procession from the church to the Chateaux at Fox Meadows will follow the funeral service. The celebration of life event at the Chateaux is open to the public, beginning right after the Mass.
Be advised that east-bound Midway Boulevard will be closed from Kohl Street to West 3rd Avenue Drive from 12:30 to 4 p.m. There will be increased police presence in and around Nativity Church and School before, during, and after the funeral service. Please know this is standard protocol for a high-profile police event. There is no danger to the community.
The City and County of Broomfield, along with the Police Department, would like to thank residents for their patience and understanding during this event.
February 2, 2022: It is with a great amount of sadness that we regret to announce the death of former, longtime Broomfield Chief of Police Tom Deland. Retired Chief Deland passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 1, 2022.
“Our hearts are broken at the Police Department and across the city and county today as we work to process this loss,” said current Chief of Police Enea Hempelmann. “Chief Deland’s leadership impacted me personally, and so many of us, and his legacy will remain deeply-rooted in our department for years to come.”
Chief Deland was a member of the Broomfield Police Department for 37 years, 23 of which he was Chief of Police. He led the BPD as it transformed from a small town operation, to a large department serving both the City and County of Broomfield. Chief Deland’s accomplishments were endless.
After his retirement in 2014, Chief Deland continued to be active in the department and the community, most notably in his dedicated service with the Broomfield Rotary. He knew everyone and everyone knew him. To say he loved his hometown would be an understatement.
We ask that you please keep Chief Deland’s family in your prayers, especially his wife, Linda, and son and daughter, Joey and Michelle.
A full obituary detailing Chief Deland’s many more accomplishments is forthcoming, along with information about his funeral service. We will share as we learn more from Chief Deland’s family.
January 4, 2022: The Broomfield Police Department continues to investigate Monday’s stabbing at a home in the 13000 block of Grove Court, in the Westlake Neighborhood of Broomfield.
The suspect, 31-year-old Joseph Majewski, was arrested Monday night and is being held at the Broomfield Detention Center on one charge of First Degree Murder, one charge of Attempted First Degree Murder, and one charge of First Degree Assault.
Officers were called to Majewski’s home just before 5 p.m. for a disturbance and stabbing. Upon arrival they found an adult female deceased inside the home. An adult male was also stabbed and taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. The condition of the male victim is not available at this time.
Detectives continue to investigate what led up to the stabbings. The suspect and the victims knew each other; at this time there is no danger to the community. Additional details are not available for public release at this time, including the name of the injured. The name and age of the deceased will be released by the Adams County Coroner.
Anyone who has additional details regarding this investigation, who has not already spoken with police, can call the Broomfield Police Department at 303.438.6400.
November 5, 2021: Please join Chief of Police Gary Creager, and the entire Broomfield Police Department in congratulating the following 2020-2021 award recipients:
- 2020 Employee of the Year - Administration Technician I Jessica Coogan
- 2021 Employee of the Year - Administration Technician II/Public Information Officer Tiffany Weed
- 2020 Officer of the Year - Police Officer Larry Ottosen
- 2020 Detention Officer of the Year - Andrew Johnson
- 2021 Officer of the Year - Detective Vince Lopez
- 2021 Detention/Court Security Officer of the Year - Dustin Spinder
- 2020 Supervisor of the Year - Patrol Sgt. Michael Deedon
- 2021 Supervisor of the Year - Investigations Sgt. Michael Svela
- 2021 Detention Supervisor of the Year - Sgt. Collin Kulaga
- Meritorious Service Awards: Court Security Officer Bob Shepard, Budget and Financial Analyst Barb Murphy,
Patrol Sgt. Gene Pearson, Crime Scene Investigator Steve Austin, Communications Specialist Lisa Germano,
Police Officer Jeff Smith, Victim Services Coordinator Maureen Testa, Communications Supervisor Monty
- Bravery: Police Officer Robert Brewer, Police Officer Eric Jochum, Police Officer John O'Hayre, Police Officer
Nathan Koch, Police Officer Jordan Heffner, Police Officer Veronica Yanez, Police Officer Larry Ottosen, Police
Officer Michael Traudt, Police Officer Kyle Timmerman, Police Officer Dashawn Abram
- Life Saving: Police Officer William Cornett, Detective Random Pihlak, Detective Jarrod Lang, Police Officer Nick
Weiman, Police Officer Ryan Perry, Police Officer Alex Gann, Police Officer Josh McCollum, Detective Brian
Lunsford, Police Officer Jordan Heffner, Detective Shane Mortensen, Detective Danny Gomez, Detention Sgt.
Fernando Ortiz, Detention Officer Larry Morales, Detention Officer Traci Leese, Detention Officer Jerri Reiff,
Detention Officer John Heaton.
- Other awards handed out include Chief's Commendation, Unit Citation, Police Commendation, Community
Service, Volunteer, Safe Driving, FTO/DTO, MPO and Years of Service.
September 26, 2021: The Broomfield Police Department continues to investigate Saturday’s shooting outside the Walgreens store at Midway Blvd. and Zuni St.
The suspect, 19-year-old Broomfield resident Trevor Woodruff, was arrested on Saturday and is being held at the Broomfield Detention Center on one charge of First Degree Murder, two charges of Attempted First Degree Murder, and two charges of Assault in the First Degree with Injury.
Officers were called to the Walgreens just after 11:30 am Saturday on reports of shots fired in the parking lot of the store. Upon arrival they found an adult male deceased in the parking lot. Two additional people, an adult female and a juvenile male, were also shot and transported to local hospitals. The female was listed in stable condition and the male in critical condition.
Detectives continue to investigate the altercation that led to the shooting. No one inside the Walgreens was injured, and investigators do not believe the shooting was in any way connected to the store. Additional details are not available for public release at this time, including the names of the injured. The name and age of the deceased will be released by the Adams County Coroner.
Anyone who has additional details regarding this investigation who has not already spoken with police can call the Broomfield Police Department at 303.438.6400, or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867.
September 8, 2021: On Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at approximately 6:38 a.m. Broomfield Police Officers responded to a report of a hit-and-run involving a truck and trailer on the shoulder of US 36, near the Wadsworth Blvd exit. It was quickly determined that the truck, trailer, and tools inside were reported stolen out of Westminster.
As officers arrived at the scene they spotted the suspect, later identified as James Ortiz (36), running away on foot. Ortiz entered the Harvest Station Apartments at 11775 Wadsworth Boulevard, kicked in a door to one of the apartment homes, and barricaded himself inside. Thankfully, the resident of the apartment was not home at the time.
A CodeRED was immediately sent out to residents of Harvest Station instructing them to shelter-in-place. Officers also began knocking on doors to alert residents of the situation and prepare them to evacuate. The Broomfield SWAT team was called to assist and took custody of Ortiz within 40 minutes. Ortiz threatened officers and resisted arrest. After he was taken into custody he was treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital and was medically cleared to be booked at the Broomfield Detention Center on charges of 1st Degree Burglary, 1st Degree Motor Vehicle Theft, Theft of $20,000 to $100,000, Criminal Mischief, Resisting Arrest, Obstruction, Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender, Felony Menacing, and two counts of Violation of Bond Conditions. A loaded gun was also recovered at the scene.
The Broomfield Police Department would like to thank the community for their cooperation and patience during this incident. If you would like to receive CodeRED emergency alerts in the future and are not yet registered, you can find information on how to sign up at https://www.broomfield.org/2793/Emergency-Alerts.
August 27, 2021: The Broomfield Police Department has arrested one person in connection with Wednesday’s homicide in the Sunridge Neighborhood of Broomfield. Joseph Maestas-Sanchez, 22, was taken into custody on Thursday. He is accused of shooting and killing 71-year-old Broomfield resident Michael Lewis just before 6:30am Wednesday morning.
Investigators allege Mr. Lewis was shot when he attempted to confront the suspect who was attempting to enter unlocked vehicles in the area. Additional details will remain under investigation and are not available for public release at this time.
Maestas-Sanchez is being held at the Broomfield Detention Center, without bond, pending the filing of formal charges by the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
Detectives continue to investigate this case and have identified additional suspects believed to be responsible for the criminal trespass crimes in the same area. The number of additional suspects, and their names, are being withheld because the investigation into their involvement is ongoing.
This crime has understandably left many residents shaken. Detectives have worked around clock and will continue to do so to bring this case to conclusion.
Anyone who has additional details regarding this investigation who has not already spoken with police can call the tip line at 303-464-5749 or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers: 720.913.7867.
August 26, 2021: The Broomfield Police Department is exhausting all efforts to identify and locate the suspect(s) responsible for yesterday’s deadly shooting in the Sunridge Neighborhood, near Hwy 287 and Miramonte Blvd.
Anyone who has information about this homicide is asked to call our tip line at 303.464.5749 or you can remain anonymous by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867.
Officers responded to the area just before 6:30 am Wednesday for reports of a disturbance and shots fired. On scene they found one adult male deceased in the parking lot. That person has been identified by the Adams County Coroner as 71-year-old Broomfield resident Michael Lewis.
At this time investigators believe Mr. Lewis was a resident of the Sunridge Neighborhood and was shot when he interrupted a crime in progress. Additional details of what happened are still under investigation.
The Broomfield Police Department sends its condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Lewis, along with the entire Broomfield Community. We understand this crime has left many residents shaken. Our team of victim advocates has been in touch with the family of Mr. Lewis, and will continue to support them through the investigatory process.
If you see or hear something suspicious in your neighborhood please never hesitate to call 911 or our non-emergency line at 303.438.6400.
August 25, 2021: On Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at approximately 6:30 am Broomfield Police Officers responded to several reports of a disturbance and shots fired in the 2200 block of Sunridge Cir., near Hwy 287 and Miramonte Blvd. Upon arrival officers found a deceased adult male with an apparent gunshot wound.
The name of the deceased will be released by the Adams County Coroner after a positive identification and notification to next-of-kin have been made.
This incident is being investigated as a homicide. Detectives and CSI spent the morning processing evidence and interviewing witnesses to determine what led up to the shooting. No arrests have been made. Several vehicle tresspasses were also reported in the area early Wednesday morning, although it’s unknown if/how they’re connected to the homicide.
Anyone who has information about this homicide is asked to call our tip line at 303.464.5749 or you can remain anonymous by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867.
August 9, 2021: The Broomfield Police Department has arrested two people in connection with a robbery and attempted homicide that occurred on Friday, August 6 at the Camden Flatiron Apartments located at 120 Edgeview Drive in Broomfield.
Jeremiah Scott and Pharell Ausby, both 18-years-old, were arrested for Attempted First Degree Murder and Robbery and are being held at the Broomfield Detention Center.
The incident happened just before noon in the parking lot of building four. The suspects are accused of arranging on Facebook Messenger to meet the victim and buy his car. During the meet-up a shot was fired at the victim and his cell phone was taken. Thankfully no one was injured during the attempted robbery of the vehicle. An investigation by Officers and Detectives led to the arrest of both Scott and Ausby.
The BPD encourages everyone who is selling an item online to utilize a “Safe Trade Spot" which are designated locations at law enforcement offices where buyers and sellers can meet in public under surveillance to complete in-person transactions. There’s no charge for the service. The parking lot of the Broomfield Police Department at 7 DesCombes Drive is a designated “Safe Trade Spot.”