Sergeant Ben Hawkins
Sergeant Benjamin Hawkins was born and raised in Grand Rapids. After graduating from West Catholic High School in 2004, Sergeant Hawkins was hired by the Grand Rapids Police Department as a police intern. He attended Wayne County Regional Police Academy, in 2007, and graduated from Grand Valley State University, in 2010, with a bachelor of arts in criminal justice. Sergeant Hawkins continued working at the department while attending school, and he was hired as a police officer in April 2008.
Sergeant Hawkins worked on patrol, in both the East and South Service Areas, before being assigned to the position of Community Policing Specialist in the East Service Area, in 2011. He worked in the Garfield Park and Alger Heights neighborhoods during his time as a Community Policing Specialist. Sergeant Hawkins serves additional duty as a Field Training Officer, Explorer Advisor, and Recruiting Officer. He is a graduate of the department’s Leadership Institute, and is the recipient of the Police Medal, two Team Performance Awards, three Achievement Awards, four Certificates of Recognition, and 27 Letters of Recognition. In addition, Sergeant Hawkins was nominated for Police Officer of the Year in 2015.
Officer Kate Strong
Officer Strong has been serving the Grand Rapids area since 2014. She was initially a third shift patrol officer for the Burton and Alger Heights area for about a year and half. She was then moved to the Downtown Business District. She worked diligently in her areas and a year later was made a community officer in the south service area. She first started working in the Oakdale Neighborhood and was then reassigned to Eastown, where she is currently working. Officer Strong has received a Bachelor of Science from Ferris State University in Criminal Justice with a minor in Homeland Security.
Roosevelt Park Neighborhood
Officer Ricky Urena
Officer Urena began his career at the Grand Rapids Police Department in 2014. He initially served as a third shift patrol officer in the South service area. In 2016 Officer Urena joined the Community Policing Unit, where he was assigned to the Oakdale Neighborhood (South 6). A year later, Officer Urena was reassigned to the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood (South 7&8), where he is still currently serving. Officer Urena has also held additional duty assignments as a Field Training Officer and a Honor Guard Officer. He also holds a degree from Western Michigan University; a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice.
East Hills Neighborhood
Officer Allison Koldan
Officer Allison Koldan started her career at the GRPD in 2015. Officer Koldan served as a third shift patrol officer for the South Service Area until she became a Community Policing Specialist for the East Hills Neighborhood in 2016. Officer Koldan holds an additional duty as a Department Recruiter, National Child Passenger Safety Technician (Safe Kids Worldwide) and is certified in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). Officer Koldan has received several recognition and commendation letters as well as a Life Saving Medal. Officer Koldan is a graduate of Ferris State University with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement and a minor in Psychology.
Madison, South Hill, SECA, Job Corps Neighborhoods
Officer Henry McCullough
Officer Henry McCullough began his law enforcement career in 2007 and has been with the Grand Rapids Police Department since 2015. Since joining GRPD he has worked both day and night shift patrol in the East and West Service areas and has been a Community Police Specialist in the South Service Area since June 2016. Officer McCullough is also currently assigned as a Field Training Officer, Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor and Department Recruiter. Prior to coming to GRPD, Officer McCullough also has previous experience as a plainclothes narcotics officer, gang unit specialist and SWAT team member. Officer McCullough is a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School and Grand Rapids Community College.
Baxter, Martin Luther King Jr, SEENA Neighborhoods
Officer Ryan Ricketson
Officer Ricketson has been employed with the Grand Rapids Police Department for just over two years. He started in December of 2015. He came to the Grand Rapids Police Department after working with the Battle Creek Police Department for seven years. Officer Ricketson grew up in the Grand Rapids area and attended Grand Rapids Community College where he obtained an Associate’s degree. He then finished his Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Management through Bethel University. When Officer Ricketson finished the FTO process with GRPD he was assigned to the east service area before being assigned to the south community team with special attention to the Baxter Neighborhood. He also is an Emergency Vehicle Operations instructor and a Field Training Officer.
Officer Chad VanDam
Biography coming soon!