Police Department

Photo of Grand Rapids Police Department officer with children from a local school

 


Mission

Protect life and property, prevent crime, and ensure all people feel safe and are safe at all times throughout our community.

Vision

In partnership with our community, we will become the safest mid-sized city and most trusted police department in the United States.

Values

Service: Through compassion, empathy, and courage, we are driven to meet the public safety needs of our community.

Equity: We acknowledge that historically, segments of our community, including people of color, low income residents, and others, have been disproportionately impacted by City policies, policing practices, and the criminal justice system. We are committed to providing fair and just services for all individuals.

Integrity: We will do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reasons.

Accountability: We are committed to transparency and will always take responsibility for our actions.


Report a Crime

For emergencies dial 911.

To report a non-emergency crime, you have a few options. Learn more about how to report crime online, on the phone, or in person.

Report a Crime 


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Connect with GRPD and Receive Emergency Text Message Alerts

You can get information - from neighborhood messages to breaking emergency notifications - sent to your phone. 

Register for Alerts


Neighborhood Service Areas

To make sure that we're serving everyone in our community, we have five service areas. This helps us make sure that each area gets the unique services it needs. You can find out more about our neighborhood service areas and how we serve each one.


Strategic Plan FY 2021- FY 2023

The Police Department’s strategic plan will transform policing in our city. It calls for a neighborhood-based policing model that will provide measurable outcomes and help the department build and maintain trust with the community. 

View Plan

On August 11, 2020, the GRPD presented the Strategic Plan to the City Commission. 


Police Metric Dashboard

Check out the Police Metric Dashboard for GRPD's progress on various metrics related to:

  • Accountability
  • Budget
  • Community Engagement
  • Crime Statistics
  • Criminal Charge Statistics
  • Staffing

View Police Dashboard


Fiscal Year 2021 Budget

The Grand Rapids Police Department’s (GRPD) 2021 Fiscal Year begins July 1, 2020 and runs through June 30, 2021. The City adopted GRPD budget is presented with drill-down capability for varying levels of data analysis ranging from department total to individual units and expenditure objects.

View Budget

For emergencies dial 911.

If you need to report a non-emergency crime, you have a few options. That's why we offer complete instructions for reporting crimes online, over the phone, or in person.

Report a Crime

We use a third-party application to help you find your accident reports online. You can find your accidentreports with a simple search. Make sure you have one of the following identifiers:

  • Report number
  • Last name and date of the incident
  • Last name and street

Search for Reports

Looking to request copies of public police records? The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows you to request copies or access to public police records.

FOIA Request

We're here to serve you. So it's important that you know who your police department leaders are. Our command staff are dedicated to serving the community. Each of them brings unique experience to their role in the department.

Learn more about the police leaders who work hard to serve our community.

Our focus is on serving you every day. Neighborhood policing helps us deliver the best service we can. Each of our community's neighborhoods has its own unique needs. We're dedicated to helping our officers specialize in serving each area. Neighborhood policing helps us make sure that we're giving you the best possible service.

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Citizen Police Academy

Ever wonder what it's like to be a Police Officer? In our Citizen Police Academy program you'll get a peak at what our job is like.


Youth Programs

We offer programs specifically designed for children and young adults. If your child is interested in learning about what we do, they have a couple options.


"You Are Not Alone" (YANA) Check

YANA stands for "You Are Not Alone."  Volunteers visit elderly seniors who are shut-in or do not have family or friends to check in on them.

Apply Online


Vacation House Check

The Grand Rapids Police Department is pleased to provide the Vacation House Check service to members of our community.  To use this service, you must be absent from your home for at least 4 days and we need to receive this application at least 7 calendar days prior to your scheduled vacation.

Apply Online


Community-Police Relations

Deputy Police Chief Eric Payne recently joined Mayor Rosalynn Bliss on the Rapidian's City Connection broadcast. Watch Deputy Chief Payne talk about community-police relations.

Watch the Video

There are a few different ways to volunteer with the Grand Rapids Police Department. Your knowledge and experience will count in a very meaningful way in our community!

The Volunteer & Neighborhood Services members serve all community members through assisting with community programs and other reporting duties, keeping officers focused on their most essential duties. For more information, click the button below.

 

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The Volunteer Victim Advocate program was created in response to the needs of grieving families after a traumatic loss. Unexpected deaths often leave families to pick up the pieces and navigate complicated systems without guidance. Volunteer Victim Advocates respond to scenes of unexpected deaths to assist first responders, provide information, and support surviving loved ones. The Volunteer Victim Advocates come from all walks of life. Though there are social workers and mental health clinicians in the group, experience in these or related fields is not required. No matter their background, the Volunteer Victim Advocates are united by their desire to be of service to their community and a deep empathy for families experiencing loss.

Volunteer Victim Advocate Requirements:

  • Successfully pass the interview and background process
  • Complete the initial training and certification process
  • Possess a valid driver's license and reliable transportation
  • Availability to cover a 12-hour on-call shift at least once per month
  • Commitment to obtaining 12 hours of continuing education each year
  • Commitment to upholding the dignity of those served by maintaining confidentiality, meeting people where they are, and providing compassionate, non-directive assistance
  • Ability to respond to scenes in the city limits of Grand Rapids within 30 minutes

The GRPD covers costs for uniforms, PPE, travel, and training. Volunteers also have access to internal emotional support services as needed.

For more information, contact Julie Niemchick, Crime Prevention Coordinator, (616) 456-3363 or Clorissa Novak, Victim Services Coordinator, (616) 456-3360

 

The most important part of our job is keeping you safe. We hope you never have to call us when the worst has happened. To help you prevent the worst from happening, we want to offer you some tips. You'll be surprised how much you can do to prevent crime inside and outside of your home.

You can still fall victim to a crime, even when you do everything right. We're here to help when that happens. Still, it helps to do everything you can to keep yourself, your family, and your property safe.

Learn More

The Police Department keeps a map of live traffic accident data. If you want to monitor Grand Rapids roads for traffic back-ups or other reasons, check out the map.

View the Map

If you have an issue with the way a Police Department employee handled a specific situation, we want to hear about it. To report an issue, you should contact our Internal Affairs Unit. We will hear your complaint and investigate it.

We also want to make sure that you have all of the information you need to understand the complaint process. That's why we've developed an online guide and a paper brochure.

CITIZEN COMPLAINT PROCEDURE GUIDE

Online Guide | PDF Brochure(PDF, 94KB)


If you need to file a complaint, we'll walk you through the process. Use the link below to learn more.

File a Complaint

The Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act (SORA) requires registered offenders to stay away from student safety zones. If you believe a sex offender is within a prohibited area, call 911.

View the Map

Report Abandoned Vehicles

616-456-3310


Community Engagement Unit

616-456-3301     GRPDRecruiting@grcity.us


Detective Unit

616-456-3380


Fleet Management

616-456-3419


Forensic Services Unit

616-456-3359


Internal Affairs Unit

616-456-3480


Chief of Police

616-456-3364


Property Management Unit (PMU)

616-456-4128


Public Information Officer (PIO)

616-456-3450     GRPDInfo@grcity.us


Records Unit

616-456-4177    


Office of Research & Planning (Accreditation)

616-456-3450


Special Response Team (SRT)

616-456-3244


Traffic Unit

616-456-3322


Training Unit

616-456-3330


Vice Unit

616-456-4800     GRPDVice@grcity.us


LGBTQ+ Liaison

616-456-3301


Subpoena Service

616-456-4470

Do you have a security camera system at your residence or business?  You can register it with us so we can collect video if a crime happens in the area.

Click the link below and provide the necessary details. Please note: This does NOT give the police live access to your system. It simply lets the department know the location of cameras around the city. Having a database with known locations of surveillance cameras makes it faster for law enforcement to get video footage that may help solve a crime.

Register

Did you receive exceptional service from a member of the Grand Rapids Police Department? Would you like to thank someone for their professionalism or hard work? Do you think a member of the department should have their supervisor advised of their going above and beyond the call of duty?

Words of thanks and gratitude may be sent here and will find their way to the GRPD member and their supervisor.

Email Us

The Michigan Drug Forfeiture Law (MCL 333.7521) requires public notification of items seized by the Grand Rapids Police Department for 10 days. These notifications will take place in local news papers, as well as the GRPD Website. To view property seized by the department click below.

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