Deputy Chiefs of Police

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Deputy Police Chief

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Scott Rifenberg was born in Holland and raised in Grand Rapids. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.

Deputy Chief Rifenberg began his career with the GRPD in 1996, serving on patrol in the West and South Service Areas, as well as spending six years with the Special Response Team (SRT). In September 2003, he was assigned to an acting Sergeant role and served the Southwest Service Area. After his promotion to Sergeant in August 2004 he held assignments in the South and East Service Areas, as well as the Vice Unit and SRT. In January 2014 he was assigned as a Watch Commander in an acting Lieutenant role. He was officially promoted to Lieutenant in November 2014 and assigned to command the SRT. Upon being promoted to Captain in July 2016, he commanded the newly formed Central Service Area.

His additional duties throughout his career have included Field Training Officer (FTO), Firearms Instructor and Use of Force Instructor. He is a graduate of the department's Leadership Institute and was nominated for Officer of the Year in 2000 and 2007. Throughout his career Deputy Chief Rifenberg has been awarded a Commendation Award, four Team Performance Awards, an Achievement Award, three Meritorious Unit Citations, a Chief's Citation, and several Letters of Recognition. Deputy Chief Rifenberg and his wife, Shannon, have three daughters.


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Kristen Rogers

Deputy Police Chief

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Deputy Chief Rogers was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and then moved to Houston, Texas, before ultimately settling in Troy, Michigan.  She graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and sociology before joining the Grand Rapids Police Department in 1996. Rogers began serving as a patrol officer in the South and West Service Areas, before being assigned to the Detective Unit.  Throughout her 16 years in the Detective Unit, Deputy Chief Rogers was assigned to various positions within the General Case, Family Services, and Major Case Teams.  

In 2012, Deputy Chief Rogers was promoted to Sergeant and was assigned as the supervisor of the Family Services Team, where she devoted much of her time and energy into the department’s coordinated response to crimes involving minors and victims of criminal sexual assault and domestic violence.  After her promotion to Lieutenant, in March 2015, she worked her first two years as a patrol Watch Commander and then returned to the Investigative Division in 2017, serving as the commander of the Detective Unit.  Deputy Chief Rogers was promoted to Captain in 2019 and assigned to her current position, command of the East Service Area.  

Deputy Chief Rogers is a graduate of the department’s Leadership Institute, Michigan Association Chief’s of Police (MACP) Police Executives and New Chief Training, and the Women’s Leadership Institute in Arizona.  Throughout her career she has been awarded a Lifesaving Medal, four Commendation Awards, two Achievement Awards, two Meritorious Unit Citations, two Certificates of Recognition, and numerous Letters of Recognition. She was nominated for Police Officer of the Year in 2011 and is the proud mother of two daughters.