GRPD invites community to continue partnership to strengthen trust
Published on October 10, 2018
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) is inviting community members to participate in additional rounds of its Speed of Trust initiative. The next trust building sessions are set for Thursday, Oct. 25 and Tuesday, Nov. 20. Spots are available for morning (8 a.m. to noon), afternoon (1 to 5 p.m.) and evening (6 to 10 p.m.) on both dates.
Each session is interactive and includes a 1:1 ratio of police officers and community members where attention is directed toward objectives instead of suspicion about others’ intentions. The sessions help officers and community members identify and address “trust gaps” in their police/community relations. During the session, each community member with be paired with a police officer partner to continue their relationship building. After the four-hour session, participants speak to their partner for at least 10 minutes once a week for six weeks. Partners in previous sessions also have met for coffee and participated in ride-alongs together.
GRPD completed two community sessions of Policing at the Speed of Trust earlier this year. Police Chief David Rahinsky said the program has gone a long way to cultivate trust, continue dialogue and build relationships within the community.
“Based on the positive results of our initial two sessions, I am eager to have all officers of the department partner with the community through Speed of Trust within the next year,” Chief Rahinsky said. “This partnership has already made an impact on our promise to provide progressive, professional and responsive service to our community.”
Residents or other community stakeholders interested in participating in a Speed of Trust session may email TrustGRPD@grcity.us with their name, email address and session time preference.