Public Safety Alignment and Governance Report
The City of Grand Rapids is committed to creating a community where “all people feel safe and are safe at all times,” which includes creating a shared understanding of timely, equitable, and effective public safety services. In order to do that effectively, there must be clarity regarding the roles and responsibilities of the City’s public safety boards and commissions. City Manager Mark Washington tasked the Office of Oversight and Public Accountability (OPA) to lead an evaluation regarding the alignment and governance of the Civilian Appeal Board, Community Relations Commission, Police Chief Advisory Team, Public Safety Committee, and the SAFE Taskforce to offer recommendations regarding the alignment and governance of those boards and commissions. This report does not focus on Grand Rapids Police Department, Grand Rapids Fire Department, or Office of Oversight and Public Accountability, but instead evaluates the commissions and boards that work within the City’s public safety system. The goal of this report is to ensure that our public safety boards are well aligned and that the systems work in a way that complement each other and promote safety, transparency, accountability, and equity.
OPA Public Statements
Administrative Order 21-06: 4/23/2021
"Yesterday, the City Manager issued an Administrative Order that outlines a process which affords my office better access to police department internal affairs records. While I recognize that additional access is needed, this is a positive step towards greater accountability and transparency. I am appreciative of the Manager’s consideration in this matter and support of oversight, and I will continue to fight for greater accountability and ensuring that this community has the public safety oversight they expect and deserve". - Brandon Davis
Hall and Division Traffic Stop: 4/22/2021
Policing Public Reports
Policing in Grand Rapids
We released an update on our independent comprehensive report on Policing in Grand Rapids on July 10, 2020.
Action Steps for Community-Police Relations
We've developed 10 action steps to improve community-police relations. Check them out below.
Action Steps Regarding Community-Police Relations
Police Reform Statements
Police Reform Memo
Our community shares the international frustration and anger over the murder of George Floyd and the systemic racism and oppression that continues to exist. We must now continue the work of undoing the system of inequality and racism that has plagued our communities for many generations.
Police Reform Briefing
The City Manager provided an Emergency Response and Police Reform briefing to the City Commission on June 16, 2020.