GSPD sent officers to aid on New Year’s Eve bomb threat |

GSPD sent officers to aid on New Year’s Eve bomb threat

John Gardner

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” New Year’s Eve is typically one of the busiest nights of the year for Glenwood Springs Police Department.

This year, GSPD Chief Terry Wilson was just glad that it was relatively quiet night compared to what the Aspen Police Department was dealing with as a 16-block section of downtown was evacuated due to the bomb threat by Jim Blanning.

“It was definitely less eventful than Aspen’s (New Year’s Eve),” Wilson said. “I don’t envy them for that situation.”

Blanning was found dead January 1, in his Jeep Grand Cherokee east of Aspen on Highway 82, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The GSPD has a few additional officers on duty for New Year’s Eve in anticipation of a busy night. In an atypical move, Wilson decided to send three GSPD officers up valley to assist with the bomb threat.

“It’s not typical that we would end up going as far as Aspen,” Wilson admitted. “We’ve gone up and helped out with big events like with a political figure or something, but (Aspen Police) are pretty well acquainted with those events. This instance, they had such a big area and needed perimeter assistance and we were happy to go up and help with that.”

Wilson said that the GSPD was “beefed up” on New Year’s Eve anyway, but also had to call another officer who was off duty to come in. As far as New Year’s Eve in Glenwood Springs goes, it was pretty quiet, according to Wilson, with “A couple of DUIs were pretty much the flavor of the night.”

“It was not bad,” he said. “It was busy. There was a lot of activity but nothing major or unexpected. It was a pretty typical New Year’s Eve.”

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