Police Budget: Fiscal Year 2021

Our Police Department’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget runs July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. The budget is presented below with drill-down capability for varying levels of data analysis ranging from department total to individual units and expenditures. 

Note: The data presented below will be replaced by a City-wide release of Open Financial Data by the end of the calendar year. 

The budget is focused on advancing the strategies and metrics outlined in the City’s Strategic Plan to ensure measurable improvements across each of the priority areas. It also aligns with the intended outcomes developed in the Police Department Strategic Plan.

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About the Police Budget

In Fiscal Year 2020, Eric Payne was hired as our Police Chief. Our Police Department’s mission is to provide professional, progressive and responsive services in collaboration with the community to ensure a safer Grand Rapids.

Our Police Department continues to work diligently to align its operations with the City’s Strategic Plan. Every day, the department strives to ensure all people feel safe and are safe at all times throughout our community. Here are some highlights of that work:

  • Our Police Department has maintained national Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies accreditation and is in the process of obtaining accreditation from the Michigan Associations of Chiefs of Police (MACP) for its Forensics Unit, 911 Dispatch Center and sworn personnel.
  • The department continues to receive “very good” scores in Elucd – a digital platform that collects community sentiment data on how different populations feel about police and their level of trust in police. For example, in the last quarter of 2019, the department achieved scores of 68 in trust and 69 in safety on a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 being the best.
  • The department’s 911 Dispatch Center answers 95% of calls within 15 seconds.
  • There are 13 police personnel certified to complete Community Policing Through Environmental Design (CPTED) surveys for residents and businesses.
  • During the current fiscal year, the department plans to continue to hire quality and diverse police recruits and sponsor them through the police academy. The department will continue to utilize its Youth Police Academy and Police Explorer and internship programs to enhance recruitment. These programs align with the City’s grow your own initiative. Most importantly, our Police Department will continue to be accountable, collaborative, community-oriented, equitable, innovative and sustainable.

Police Department Units

Administration - Chief's Office

The Chief’s Office includes the Chief of Police, Deputy Chief of Police in charge of operations (uniformed divisions of the police department), Deputy Chief of Police in charge of investigations and administration. The Chief’s Office manages and supervises all department personnel and directs all department operations. The research and planning unit also is also housed in the Chief’s Office.

Community Engagement Unit

This team develops, coordinates and carries out the department’s community engagement efforts. It also helps the City’s Human Resources Department in the recruiting and hiring of sworn and nonsworn personnel.

Internal Affairs Unit

This team receives and investigates allegations of misconduct by Police Department personnel, including use of excessive force, falsification/lying, civil rights violations, hostility, discourtesy or other conduct unbecoming an officer when such conduct is committed in a context of racial animosity or prejudice.

Patrol Unit/Community Policing Specialist

This team – the department’s largest – is tasked with all the traditional duties of a law enforcement officer. This includes responding to emergency and non-emergency calls for police services, traffic enforcement and addressing quality-of-life issues for community members throughout the city.

Patrol Unit Special Services/Traffic Unit

The Traffic Unit responds to and investigates fatal and serious personal injury accidents. It reviews vehicle crash reports and completes related investigations. It also manages the department’s Fleet Safety Program and serves as a liaison between the department and the City’s traffic engineer. Members of this unit are responsible for training all department personnel in conducting accident investigations and other traffic violation enforcement. 

Neighborhood Patrol-Special Response Team

This team assumes resolution responsibility for all high-risk tactical operations to include but not be limited to hostage situations, barricaded individuals, weapons of mass destruction and criminal hazardous materials situations, suicidal individuals, high-risk search warrants, armed fugitives, high-risk K-9 track support, mobile team tactical support and dignitary protection.

Team members are assigned to address service area problems as identified by the respective Service Area Commander, utilizing a variety of patrol and investigative methods. This includes uniform and plain-clothes patrol, surveillance and vehicle, bike and foot patrols.

Forensic Services Unit

This team is staffed with non-sworn personnel who respond to crime scenes for the purpose of identifying, locating, collecting and documenting physical evidence.

Property Management Unit/Fleet

This team receives, secures and stores all custodial property and evidence. It also acquires, stores, controls and issues all department supplies and equipment.

Record-Information Technology

This team is responsible for all computer-related equipment in the Police Department and its vehicles. It is responsible for evaluating, purchasing and developing software programs used by the department. It also is the keeper of all department records and data.

Support Services

This team oversees the Police Department’s budget and payroll. All costs associated with running the Police Department are evaluated and approved or denied through this office. The team’s commander is in charge of the Training Bureau, Property Management, Financial Services and Communications Bureau.

Training Bureau

This team is responsible for developing and implementing the training needs for all sworn personnel. It also ensures that all sworn personnel are equipped with the latest techniques and best practices to serve all community members.

Communications Bureau (Radio Services)

This team is comprised of civilian staff who install, maintain and repair police radio communications equipment. It asseses and repairs police alarm, radar, telephone, video and dispatch antenna towers and all electronic police vehicle equipment.

Detective Unit

This unit consists of five teams: Major Case Team I, Major Case Team II, Family Services Team, General Case Team and Auto Theft/Financial Crimes Team. The Major Case Teams investigate homicides, life-threatening assaults, all robberies, weapon offenses, abductions, extortion, explosive devices or bomb threats, serious assaults and stalking. The Family Services Team investigates sexual assaults, sexually motivated abductions, indecent exposure, parental kidnappings, domestic assaults, child abuse and neglect, runaways, missing persons and stalking – domestic related. The General Case Team investigates burglaries, larcenies, malicious destruction of property, embezzlement, telephone offenses, minor assaults and receiving and concealing stolen property. The Auto Theft/Financial Crimes Team investigates auto thefts and attempts, pawn shops, precious metal dealers and second-hand shops, check law violations and fraud.

Vice Unit

This team is tasked with conducting investigations involving narcotics and controlled substance violations, prostitution and commercial sex offenses, gambling and organized criminal activity. It monitors the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages while enforcing the rules of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.