Deputy Chiefs of Police
Deputy Police Chief - Administrative and Investigative Services
Deputy Chief Kristen 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. DC Rogers served as a patrol officer in the South and West Neighborhood Service Areas before being assigned to the Detective Unit. Throughout her 16 years in the Detective Unit, DC Rogers was assigned to various positions within the General Case, Family Services, and Major Case Teams.
In 2012, DC 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 to the department’s coordinated response to crimes involving minors and victims of criminal sexual assault and domestic violence. After her promotion to lieutenant in 2015, she worked her first two years as a 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 was assigned as the commander of the East Neighborhood Service Area. She was promoted to deputy chief in January 2021.
DC Rogers is a graduate of the department’s Leadership Institute, the Michigan Association Chiefs of Police (MACP) Police Executives and New Chief Training, and the Women’s Leadership Institute. 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.
Deputy Police Chief - Field Operations
Deputy Chief Joe Trigg was born and raised in Muskegon, Michigan. He earned an associate's degree at Grand Rapids Community College, continued his education at Grand Valley State University, and graduated from the police academy at Lansing Community College. He was hired by GRPD in 2001. As a patrol officer, he worked primarily in the North Neighborhood Service Area, which included serving as the Community Policing Specialist for three and a half years. As a sergeant, he worked in the East and South Neighborhood Service Areas, leading patrol operations in the South for two years. DC Trigg was promoted to lieutenant in 2016. He was first assigned to watch command before overseeing the Internal Affairs Unit. As a captain, DC Trigg was assigned as the commander of the South Neighborhood Service Area.
DC Trigg has held additional duty assignments as a Field Training Officer, a member of the department's Board of Awards, and as an advisor for Grand Rapids Police Explorer Post 1871, working with young people who are interested in learning about policing as a profession. He is a member of the department's Peer Support Team.
During his career with GRPD, DC Trigg has been awarded a Lifesaving Medal, a Meritorious Unit Citation, 11 Letters of Recognition, and a Chief's Citation.