Police Department


Your safety is our highest priority. Using the department’s three-year Strategic Plan, we will work together as a department and in partnership with the community to ensure all people feel safe and are safe in Grand Rapids. We are committed to being an effective, inclusive, and modern police department and advancing public safety while earning the trust and pride of those we serve. We value service delivered with compassion and courage; equity in providing fair and just services for all individuals; integrity of purpose and action; and being transparent and accountable in all we do. I am proud to lead this department and to serve Grand Rapids.


~Chief Eric Payne

photo of GRPD Chief Eric Payne


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 

cell phone with emergency alert sign-up   

Connect with the City's emergency alert system

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

Register for Alerts

Neighborhood Policing and Service Area Maps

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 policing and 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 2022 Budget

The budget runs July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 and is focused on advancing the strategies and metrics outlined in the City’s Strategic Plan to ensure measurable improvements across each of the priority areas. It also aligns with the intended outcomes developed in the Police Department Strategic Plan.

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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

Some crash reports can be filled out online. Use the link below to see if your crash can be reported through our safe, secure online tool. A few things to keep in mind:

  • this reporting tool is only for crashes that have no injuries and vehicles that can be safely moved from the roadway
  • if your incident is an emergency, call 911
  • if your incident is not an emergency, but there are injuries and/or the vehicles can't be driven, please call 616-456-3400 to report the incident
  • the incident must be reported where it occurred--if it is outside the city limits of Grand Rapids, even if you live in Grand Rapids, please contact the police department where the crash occurred.

Report a Crash Online

Complaints about improper parking can be made through the link below. If you are reporting a vehicle blocking driveways or streets that may need to be towed, please call the Police Department non-emergency line at 616-456-3400. Abandoned vehicles should be reported to 616-456-3310, by calling 311, or through the 311 app and website.

Report a Parking Complaint

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.

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 Clergy on Patrol program is a partnership between the Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) and local clergy of different congregations and faith traditions to help build trust and positive interactions between the police and the neighborhood they serve.

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The Volunteer Victim Advocate program was created in response to the needs of grieving families after a traumatic loss. Volunteer Victim Advocates respond to scenes of unexpected deaths to assist first responders, provide information, and support surviving loved ones.

Learn More


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 Victim Services Unit is designed to comfort and help victims after a crime, connect victims to services and resources they need, and help victims of crime through the healing process.

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.


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


Community Engagement Unit

616-456-3301     GRPDRecruiting@grcity.us

Detective Unit


Fleet Management


Forensic Services Unit


Internal Affairs Unit


Chief of Police


Property Management Unit (PMU)


Media Relations (PIO)

616-456-3450     GRPDInfo@grcity.us

Records Unit


Office of Research & Planning (Accreditation)


Special Response Team (SRT)


Traffic Unit


Training Unit


Vice Unit

616-456-4800     GRPDVice@grcity.us

LGBTQ+ Liaison


Subpoena Service


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.


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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