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May 24

Why I want to work for the Rifle Police Department

Posted to Positives within Your City by Michael Churchill

Ever since I was a little kid I dreamt of becoming a Police Officer. When I first came to Colorado, I was amazed by the mountains, the way of life and the kindness of its people. As life took its turn, I came to live in the town of Rifle; As years flew by I stayed local until it was my time to serve my country in the U.S Marine Corps. Now, as my Four-Year enlistment comes to an end, I would be honored to come back and serve and protect the property and lives of both citizens and guest of Rifle Colorado. 

Even before I left for my service, I knew, Rifle would be the town I would come back to and raise a family. Coming back to Rifle and seeing how fast it is growing and all the changes that come with a growing town, it is tough to see that drugs, theft and crime is also growing. Giving back to this community and having an impact on the positive changes will be a great satisfaction. Knowing that the community feels safe and protected when they see us patrolling the town and responding to their calls for assistance.

It would be an honor not only to be a part of this community, but also to be part of the great men and women that protect it. I am excited to have the opportunity to serve with helpful, knowledgeable and experienced officers; This will help me learn and grow as a person and as a police officer. Serving along with team oriented officers, that are doing everything in their hands to promote the peace, safety and the well-being of the Rifle community is what encourages me to be part of the Rifle Police Department. The Rifle Police Department offers many opportunities for me to continue to learn and progress professionally.

The experience I have gained while serving my country has given me the confidence I needed to become a police officer. It helped me to mature so much more and acquire skills such as; leadership, personnel management, decision making and critical thinking under stressful situations. I also possess an extensive knowledge of ground patrolling, security, surveillance, data collection, marksmanship and detainee handling. Skills that will help me better serve and protect the citizens of this city. While I was in the service I traveled to many countries and different parts of the United States. It was then that I saw that our presence makes people feel safe and protected.

Coming back to Rifle Colorado, I look forward to working for the Police Department, helping the men and women of this great department serve and protect this community. Knowing that the citizens of Rifle feel safe when they see us patrolling, assisting, interacting, and responding to their calls for assistance is a great satisfaction. Same satisfaction I had when I served and deployed with the U.S Marine Corps. I am excited to get a chance to work along the great man and women of this Department and have an impact on the positive change of this town.




Jan 17

Rifle Police Department Hits the Big Time!

Posted to Rifle Rapport/CT articles by Michael Churchill

It’s the holy grail of newsprint real estate: The front page of the Sunday New York Times. Arguably one of the most prestigious newspapers, the New York Times has nearly four million subscribers. Four million people opened their papers last Sunday and were greeted with a story and photos featuring our very own local officers. 

The focus of the article dealt with drug-sniffing police dogs being forced into retirement due to the legalization of marijuana here in Colorado and other states. Dogs that have been trained to locate marijuana can’t unlearn that skill and if they do, defense attorneys would certainly have course to argue that the dog had not “unlearned” the odor. Legally, that’s a problem since dogs alert officers to the possible presence of contraband. As Rifle Police Chief Tommy Klein told the Times, “[a] dog can’t tell you, ‘hey I smell marijuana’ or ‘I smell meth’”. 

Rifle has just such a dog. Officer Tulo, a Yellow Labrador Retreiver, has been with the department for 8 years. He will retire in January due to his age and skillset which includes marijuana recognition. Two new dogs, Jax and Makai, are not being trained to alert on the odor of marijuana. 

Although other departments from around the country were featured in the story, Rifle was the main focus and the only department to have photos published. Corporal Garret Duncan, Officer Jared Bartunek and Chief Klein are all prominently featured and accompanied by gorgeous full-color photos. 

After the Times article was published, other media outlets including Fox News, Newsweek and the London Times also latched onto the story. Way to go Rifle Police Department! Or is it “Nationally Recognized Rifle Police Department”? 

Check out the Times article online at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/24/business/marijuana-legalization-police-dogs.html.

Rifle Rapport is a periodic column featuring the people and projects of the City of Rifle. If you have suggestions for future articles, please contact Kathy Pototsky at 970-665-6420 or kpototsky@rifleco.org.

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