Community Policing

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We adopt a "Community Policing” model to serve our community. This means that we consistently use the same team of officers in our neighborhoods. Using this model allow us to create better relationships with the communities we interact with every day.

To better serve the community, we have also divided the City of Grand Rapids in to 5 service areas. Each area has a team of officers assigned to it. We encourage you to get to know your team and learn how to work with them to improve the safety of our neighborhoods.

To learn more about the team in your area, check out the information below.

You can also check out our Police Neighborhood Service Area page.
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Sergeant Joe Dailey

Sergeant Joseph Daily was born and raised on the west side of Grand Rapids and graduated from Union High School.  He continued his education at Grand Rapids Community College and served as an Intern at the GRPD while attending school.  Sergeant Daily was hired as an officer in 2001 after being sponsored to attend the Mid-Michigan Police Academy.  After graduation Sergeant Daily began his tenure with the department by working as a patrol officer in the West Service Area.  He then went on to become a member of the Special Response Team (SRT) in 2007.  In addition to his patrol duties Sergeant Daily has held numerous secondary assignments, including Field Training Officer (FTO), Bicycle Instructor, SRT Team Leader, Honor Guard, Board of Awards, and Long Rifle Observer Team Member.  He is also a graduate of the department's Leadership Institute.  Throughout his career Sergeant Daily has been recognized for his exceptional service to the community.  He has received a Commendation Award, Team Performance Award, Achievement Award, two Meritorious Unit Citations, and 16 Letters of Recognition.  In 2015 he was nominated for Police Officer of the Year. 


NOBL, Highland Park, NECAA Neighborhoods

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Officer JP Guerrero

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Officer JP Guerrero has been a police officer for 27 years. In 2001 he was hired by the Grand Rapids Police Department. In 2015 Officer Guerrero was assigned as a North Community Officer. His prior assignment was night patrol in the South Service Area. Officer Guerrero’s additional duties include him being a Field Training Officer, Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor, and as one of the departments Drug Recognition Experts.

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Sergeant Neil Gomez

Sergeant Neil Gomez began his service with the Michigan Air National Guard.  He served six years in Battle Creek and one year of active duty after the attacks of 9/11.  He spent time stateside and in the Middle East during Operations Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle.  He was a Staff Sergeant with the Security Forces until 2003.  He was hired by the GRPD in 2001 and started his patrol career in the North Service Area.  In 2005 he was assigned as a Community Policing Specialist where he worked closely with neighborhood associations, businesses and housing communities.  He is also a Board Member for "OnBase with GRPD" and "Cops Fore Kids."  In addition to his primary assignment, Sergeant Gomez is also a Field Training Officer (FTO) and CPR Instructor.  He was the North Service Area's Police Officer of the Year nominee in 2004 and has received an Achievement Award, Meritorious Unit Citation, Chief's Citation, two Certificates of Recognition and numerous Letters of Recognition.  He was promoted to Sergeant in 2015.


Garfield Park, Alger Heights, Eastgate, Indian Hills and Union Oaks

Officer Mark Morrison

Officer Mark Morrison

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Officer Morrison decided to become a police officer in high school after riding along with his local sheriff’s department. After high school, Mark went to Grand Valley State University where he played football and earned his degree in criminal justice. After graduating from college, Mark returned to the East side where he attended the Oakland Police Academy. Shortly after graduating from the academy, Mark took a job with the City of Birmingham (MI) as a police officer. After working for Birmingham for 2.5 years, he applied to Grand Rapids PD and started working here in June of 2015. He began his career on 3rd shift patrol in the East service area. After working in that position for 1.5 years, he went into the training bureau to conduct background investigations on new hires. After 6 months of background investigations, he was selected to be a part of the East Community Policing Unit. Officer Morrison loves his job and does it for the community. In my downtime I love to hunt, workout, play hockey, and spend time with my friends and family.


 Roosevelt Park

Officer Donald Allen

Officer Don Allen

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Officer Don Allen was born in the suburbs of Chicago and moved to Grand Rapids as a young child, where he grew up on the south east side.  Upon graduating high school, Officer Allen joined the U.S Army and served as a Cavalry Scout for six years.  His time in the military included a deployment to Baghdad Iraq.  After getting out of the Army in 2011, Officer Allen attended Grand Rapids Community College where he obtained an associate’s degree and graduated from the police academy.  He was also hired as an intern at GRPD in 2011 and worked in that capacity throughout college. Upon graduating from the academy in 2013, Officer Allen was hired by GRPD as a sworn officer.  He has served as a night shift patrol officer and became a community officer in the spring of 2016.  Officer Allen is also a Field Training Officer, Recruiter, and a member of the GRPD Honor Guard.


Ridgemoor, Breton Village, Heartland, Millbrook and Ken-O-Sha

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Officer Jason Gady

616-456-4247

Officer Gady is a graduate of Grandville High School.  He then attended Grand Valley State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and certification from the GVSU Police Academy.  He was hired by the GRPD in 2000 and worked various patrol assignments on the city's West side.  From 2009-2018 Officer Gady was assigned to the Training Unit, where he served as the department's primary recruiter, an instructor in various disciplines, and facilitated the Youth Police Academy.  In 2018 Officer Gady was assigned to the East Service Area as a Community Policing Specialist, and continues to train personnel on various topics. 

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Sergeant Joe Dailey

Sergeant Joseph Daily was born and raised on the west side of Grand Rapids and graduated from Union High School.  He continued his education at Grand Rapids Community College and served as an Intern at the GRPD while attending school.  Sergeant Daily was hired as an officer in 2001 after being sponsored to attend the Mid-Michigan Police Academy.  After graduation Sergeant Daily began his tenure with the department by working as a patrol officer in the West Service Area.  He then went on to become a member of the Special Response Team (SRT) in 2007.  In addition to his patrol duties Sergeant Daily has held numerous secondary assignments, including Field Training Officer (FTO), Bicycle Instructor, SRT Team Leader, Honor Guard, Board of Awards, and Long Rifle Observer Team Member.  He is also a graduate of the department's Leadership Institute.  Throughout his career Sergeant Daily has been recognized for his exceptional service to the community.  He has received a Commendation Award, Team Performance Award, Achievement Award, two Meritorious Unit Citations, and 16 Letters of Recognition.  In 20015 he was nominated for Police Officer of the Year and was promoted in 2017. 


West Grand Neighborhood

Officer Tony Leonard

Officer Tony Leonard

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Officer Tony Leonard grew up in the central Michigan area. He graduated from GVSU with a degree in Criminal Justice, and worked for the Mt Pleasant Police Department before joining the Grand Rapids Police Department In 2005. Officer Leonard worked nightshift patrol on the southeast side of Grand Rapids before transferring to the West Grand Community Officer position. Officer Leonard enjoys networking with the area businesses, engaging the neighborhood residents, and working with the staff of the West Grand Neighborhood Organization to resolve concerns of the area stakeholders.


John Ball Area Neighbors (JBAN)

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Officer Tyler Smith

Officer Smith was first hired as an Intern when he was 18 years old.  After graduating from the police academy, he was hired as an officer in 2014 and worked patrol on the City's West Side.  Officer Smith has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University and holds additional duty assignments as a Field Training Officer (FTO) and a member of the department's Field Force Team. 

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Sergeant Neil Gomez

Sergeant Neil Gomez began his service with the Michigan Air National Guard.  He was stationed in Battle Creek for six year and served one year of active duty after the attacks of 9/11.  He spent time stateside and in the Middle East during Operations Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle.  He was a Staff Sergeant with the Security Forces until 2003.  He was hired by the GRPD in 2001 and assigned to patrol in the North Service Area.  In 2005 he was selected as a Community Policing Specialist and worked closely with neighborhood associations, businesses and housing communities.  He is also a Board Member of "OnBase with GRPD" and "Cops Fore Kids."  In addition to his primary assignment Sergeant Gomez is also a Field Training Officer (FTO) and a CPR Instructor.  During his tenure Sergeant Gomez has been awarded an Achievement Award, Meritorious Unit Citation, Chief's Citation, two Certificates of Recognition and numerous Letters of Recognition.  He was the North Service Area Police Officer of the Year nominee in 2004 and was promoted in 2015. 


East Town Neighborhood

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Officer Allison Koldan 

Officer Allison Koldan started her career at the GRPD in 2015.  Officer Koldan started 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 additional duty assignments as a Department Recruiter, National Child Passenger Safety Technician (Safe Kids Worldwide), Field Training Officer (FTO) and is certified in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).  Officer Koldan has received several recognition and commendation letters, as well as a Lifesaving Medal.  Officer Koldan is a graduate of Ferris State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement, and a minor in Psychology.


Roosevelt Park Neighborhood

 Ricky Urena

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

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Officer Daryl Howard

Officer Howard grew up in Macomb County, Michigan.  His desire to serve in law enforcement took him to the Metro Nashville Police Department in Tennessee in 2006.  While serving as a police officer in Nashville, Officer Howard was also a narcotics detective and crisis negotiator.  In 2018 Officer Howard returned to Michigan and was hired by the GRPD.  He has worked patrol in the South and Central Service Areas prior to his assignment to Community Policing.  Daryl has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Trevecca University.  He and his wife Anna have a son and daughter.    


Baxter, Madison, South Hill, SECA and Job Corps Neighborhoods

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Officer Matt Staeven

Bio coming soon!


Martin Luther King Jr and SEENA Neighborhoods 

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Officer Chad VanDam

Officer VanDam was born and raised in Grand Rapids.  After graduating from Union High School he attended Ferris State University, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice.  Prior to working for the GRPD, Officer VanDam served five years for the Muskegon Police Department.  He was hired by the Grand Rapids Police Department and worked night shift patrol in the South Service Area until 2018.  Officer VanDam is a former background investigator and is a Bicycle Program Instructor for the department.

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Sergeant Joe Dailey

 Sergeant Joseph Daily was born and raised on the west side of Grand Rapids and attended Union High School.  He continued his education at Grand Rapids Community College and served as an intern at the Grand Rapids Police Department while attending school.  Sergeant Dailey was hired by the department in 2001, when he was sponsored to attend the Mid-Michigan Police Academy. After graduating from the Academy, Sergeant Dailey began his tenure with the department by working as a patrol officer in the West Service Area.  He then went on to become a member of the Special Response Team (SRT), in 2007.  In addition to his patrol duties, Sergeant Dailey has held numerous secondary assignments, including Field Training Officer, Bicycle Instructor, SRT Team Leader, Honor Guard Member, Board of Awards Member, and Long Rifle Observer Team Member.  He is also a graduate of the department’s Leadership Institute.  Throughout his career, Sergeant Dailey has been recognized with a Commendation Award, a Team Performance Award, an Achievement Award, two Meritorious Unit Citations, and 16 Letters of Recognition. He was also nominated for Police Officer of the Year in 2015.


Downtown and North Monroe

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Officer Jenny Rood

Officer Jenny Rood is a graduate of the Mid Michigan Police Academy at Lansing Community College and was hired by GRPD in January of 2000.  During her time with the department she has worked patrol in the South, West and Central Service Areas.  Officer Rood graduated from Grand Valley State University in 1997 with a degree in Pre-Law.  In addition to her primary duties, Officer Rood is also a Field Training Officer (FTO), CPR/First-Aid Instructor, and has been a Background Investigator.  When she is not serving the residents of Grand Rapids, Jenny enjoys working out and spending time with her family, especially volunteering at the schools of her three children.


Brian Grooms

Officer Brian Grooms

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Brian was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Grand Blanc/Flint MI. He attended Michigan State University and Mott Community College, where he obtained an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Brian attended the Mid-Michigan Police academy in 1994 and started his professional career in law enforcement as an officer of the Flushing Township Police Department in 1995. Brian continued his law enforcement career with the City of Grand Rapids in January 1996. He was assigned to various patrol shifts and assigned as a field training officer. He was reassigned to the Special Response Team in 1998 and honored as police officer of the year, 1999. Brian was reassigned to the Detective Unit in 2000. Brian worked General Case and Serious Habitual Offender cases until reassignment to Patrol Unit one in 2009.Brian was selected to be a Community Specialist Officer in the Central Service Area in May 2017, where he currently works in the downtown area.  Brian continues his extra duties as a Field Training Officer. Brian enjoys spending time with his family and writing, performing music.