Chief of Police

David G. Kiddle

Interim Chief of Police

Photo of Grand Rapids Police Department interim Police Chief David G. Kiddle in front of a gray backdrop and American flag.

Professional Profile

David Kiddle has been a member of the GRPD since 1992 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice, both from Michigan State University.

His duties as an officer included assignments in Patrol, the Detective Unit, the Staff Services Bureau, and the Training Bureau.  He also served as a Field Training Officer during this time. After being promoted to Sergeant in 1999, Interim Chief Kiddle worked as a patrol supervisor and as the Coordinator of Special Events.  With his promotion to Lieutenant in 2004, he held the roles of Watch Commander, Administrative Lieutenant assigned to the East Service Area, and Commander of the Internal Affairs Unit.  Interim Chief Kiddle was named Acting Captain in September 2007, and was assigned as the Commander of the Support Services Division. He continued in this role after his promotion to Captain in April 2008, and he served in this position until being named Deputy Chief over Administrative and Investigative Services, in March 2015.

Interim Chief Kiddle is a graduate of the 241st Session of the FBI National Academy, the 70th session of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police, the Central Michigan University Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Institute, and the 2007 Class of Leadership Grand Rapids.  He helped develop, and has coordinated, many sessions of the Grand Rapids Police Department's Leadership Institute and is also an instructor of Ethics and First Aid/CPR.  From 2006 until 2007, he served as President of the Grand Rapids Police Command Officers Association.

Interim Chief Kiddle serves as the Department’s representative to the City’s Emergency Preparedness Core Team, as well as to the Law Enforcement Terrorist Prevention Activities and Critical Infrastructure committees of the Region Six Homeland Security Grant Program.  He also serves as a representative with the Law Enforcement Risk Advisory Board of the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority, and he actively participates with the Kent County Dispatch Authority.

Throughout his tenure with the Department, Interim Chief Kiddle has received three Meritorious Unit Citations and numerous Letters of Recognition.

Interim Chief Kiddle and his wife, Kimberly, have a son and a daughter.