Grand Rapids Police Civilian Appeal Board

Department in Charge of This Board

City Attorney's Office

About the Board

Here's a look at the Grand Rapids Police Civilian Appeal Board:

  • Created to review the findings of the Grand Rapids Police Department Internal Affairs Unit
  • Reviews complaints of use of excessive force
  • Reviews complaints of falsification and lying
  • Reviews complaints of civil rights violations
  • Reviews complaints of hostility
  • Reviews complaints of discourtesy
  • Reviews complaints of other conduct unbecoming of an officer
  • Reviews complaints in the context of racial animosity or prejudice

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Reports and Policies

We report out on our annual highlights. Check out our most recent report:

CAB-Annual-Report-2020-2021-Final-2022.4.01.pdf(PDF, 2MB)

Past Reports

Check out how the CAB is governed:

Read the City Commission policy that encourages compliance with rules and regulations concerning police officer conduct during interactions with residents:


Internal Affairs Unit (IAU)

Learn more about the IAU in the below brochure:

Sophia Brewer

Commissioner Lenear Appointment
Ward 3 Resident
Term ends: 5/2/2024 

Reginald Howard

Mayoral Appointment
Term ends: 5/6/2024

Russell Olmsted

Commissioner Jones Appointment
Ward 1 Resident
Term ends: 5/2/2024

Jason Osbourn

Mayoral Appointment
Ward 2 Resident
Term ends: 5/6/2024

Michelle Williams

Commissioner Ysasi Appointment
Ward 2 Resident
Term ends: 5/2/2024

Vacancy

Commissioner O'Connor Appointment
Term ends: 5/6/2024

Vacancy

Mayoral Appointment
Term ends: 5/6/2024

Vacancy

Commissioner Reppart Appointment
Ward 1 Resident
Term ends: 5/2/2024

Vacancy

Mayoral Appointment
Term ends: 5/2/24

Residency Requirement

You must be a Grand Rapids resident to serve on this board.


Term Limits

Your term will last 2 years. There is a term limit, so you can only serve for 6 consecutive years.


Compensation

You will not receive compensation for your service on the board.

  • 9 members
  • The Mayor appoints 3 members
  • The City Commission appoints 6 members