Draft Strategic Plan
Through targeted change, accountability, restorative justice, empowerment and engagement the Office of Oversight and Public Accountability (OPA) will help create and improve just outcomes and respectful relationships between public safety and community.
Download the Plan(PDF, 9MB)
We are committed to being T.R.U.E. to our police reform efforts and to working to ensure just outcomes.
T.R.U.E. – Transparent, Responsible, United, and Equitable.
Strategic Plan Feedback
The Office of Oversight and Public Accountability (OPA) was created to serve as the liaison between Public Safety and the community. OPA works to create mutual trust and respect between our public safety departments and the community we serve. You'll watch a series of short videos and review the strategic plan. Then we'll ask for your feedback.
Let's Talk About It: Social Justice
Check out part 1 of a series of discussions regarding social justice, equity, gun violence, and the national movement around Black Lives Matter.
Let's Talk About It: Social Justice 2020
Policing in Grand Rapids
We released an update on our independent comprehensive report on Policing in Grand Rapids on July 10, 2020. We also released the FY 2021 (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021) Police Budget.
The Office of Oversight and Public Accountability (OPA) was created in August 2019. City Manager Mark Washington developed OPA to serve as the liaison between public safety and community.
The City's Strategic Plan highlights the importance of:
- Enhancing trust
- Ensuring the legitimacy of the police department
- Ensuring the safety of every resident, business and visitor
The Plan commits to ensuring that “all people feel safe and are safe at all times throughout our community.”
The City recognizes that trust in our public safety officials is an important factor in reaching that goal. Civilian oversight of public safety is an important tool that helps to:
Protect civil rights
Support effective policing
Build bridges between public safety and community
Increase confidence in police
Ensure greater accountability
OPA works to create mutual trust and respect between our public safety departments and the community we serve.
Learn more about the work we do below.