Police Department

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


We're here to serve our community! We work toward our goal of a safer Grand Rapids through professional, progressive, and responsive police services. We couldn't do this without your support. That's why we partner with community organizations and focus on specific neighborhood problems.

Report a Crime

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

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.

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 everyday. We find that community 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. Community policing helps us make sure that we're giving your neighborhood 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

The Grand Rapids Police Department works with the help of the Volunteer & Neighborhood Services members to serve all community members.

If you are interested in finding ways to volunteer with the GRPD and serve our city, click the button below to learn more. Your knowledge and experience will count in a very meaningful way in our community!

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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.

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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.

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Report Abandoned Vehicles


Community Engagement Unit


Detective Unit


Fleet Management


Forensic Services Unit


Internal Affairs Unit


Chief of Police


Property Management Unit


Public Information Officer


Records Unit


Office of Research & Planning


Special Response Team (SRT)


Traffic Unit


Training Unit


Vice Unit


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.