GRPD announces March 5 CALEA Community Forum

Published on February 12, 2018

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The Grand Rapids Police Department invites the community to provide input as part of its CALEA national accreditation process that is currently reviewing all department policies, procedures, management, operations and support services. A community forum is planned for 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 5 in the ninth-floor Commission Chambers at City Hall, 300 Monroe Ave. NW.

Assessors from the Commission of the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., or CALEA, will facilitate the community forum and complete the accreditation review. The Grand Rapids Police Department undergoes the voluntary CALEA review every year. CALEA assessors view GRPD policies remotely annually and conduct onsite reviews every four years.

The accreditation criteria include a complete review of the police department’s polices as they relate to more than 140 CALEA standards. While onsite, the CALEA assessors will meet with personnel of all ranks, community leaders, stakeholders and many others. The assessors will observe operations, conduct ride-alongs with officers, and interview Unit Commanders throughout the GRPD.

“We are committed to transparency and accountability,” Chief David Rahinsky said. “We want the community to tell us how we are doing.”

This will be the first time the Grand Rapids Police Department has sought CALEA accreditation. CALEA is considered the industry standard of law enforcement accreditation, with only about 5 percent of police agencies in the U.S. receiving it.

“This accreditation verifies we are meeting the highest standards of public safety professionalism and excellence,” Chief Rahinsky said. “It also demonstrates the dedication of the men and women of our police department.”

The community also may provide input on GRPD’s ability to comply with CALEA standards by calling (616) 456-3394 from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, March 5. Written comments may be mailed to CALEA, 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.

Comments made during the community forum and by phone are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards.

For more information about the community input process and CALEA visit, call GRPD Officer Dan Adams at 616.456.3450. For more information about CALEA and the accreditation process, visit calea.org or email calea@calea.org.

The Police Policy and Procedure Review Task Force – comprised of residents from each of the city’s three wards and GRPD personnel from each rank, including Chief Rahinsky – also is examining the department’s policies and procedures. The goal of this work is to ensure equitable outcomes in GRPD’s interactions with the community. The consulting group 21st Century Policing Solutions is overseeing the task force’s progress.