Our GRPD 2020-2023 Strategic Plan prioritizes community engagement. Years ago, we had a similar program in place. Updating and relaunching this program is one of a number of efforts to build trust, create relationships, listen to, and promote better outcomes within the community we serve.
Our vision for Grand Rapids is to be the safest mid-sized city with the most trusted police department in the United States. We can't achieve this on our own. Active community participation is essential. Members of the community are much more familiar with what is going on in their own neighborhood.
The leadership and trust clergy members have within their faith communities:
- helps build bridges between police and residents
- de-escalates certain situations (if it is safe to do so)
- provides an alternative for people who may not be comfortable talking with police about crimes in their neighborhoods.
Ultimately, this program is designed to help everyone feel safe and be safe in our community.
GRPD 2021-2023 Strategic Plan