GRPD shares Manual of Policy and Procedures online for first time

Published on October 18, 2018

GRPD patch and badge on a Grand Rapids police officer

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) has posted the agency’s Manual of Policy and Procedures (MOP) online for the first time as part of its ongoing commitment to strengthening relationships with the community.  The MOP is available on the City’s website HERE

Making the department’s policies and procedures available to the community is among the 38 recommendations from the Grand Rapids Police Policy and Procedure Review Task Force aimed at addressing disparate outcomes and strengthening community and police relations. It is among task force recommendations that have been implemented ahead of the group’s final report out to the community – set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Grand Rapids Public Schools Parent University, 1400 Fuller Ave. NE. 

“Posting these document libraries is our next step in transparency and accountability,” Police Chief David Rahinsky said. “These are not just buzzwords for the GRPD but rather our guiding principles. It is part of our continuing effort to be responsive to the community we serve.”

The online MOP details hundreds of GRPD operational procedures, including when officers may discharge a firearm to how the department enforces law in an equitable and lawful manner. The MOP is divided into 12 categories:

  • Manual of conduct
  • Arrest/detention procedures
  • Communications
  • Traffic and accident procedures
  • Organization
  • Patrol operations – administration
  • Patrol operations – general
  • Patrol operations – specific incident response
  • Personnel procedures
  • Property management
  • Use of force
  • Miscellaneous – including freedom of information requests, training exercises, transporting infants and children, and youth outreach, among other topics.

“I commend Chief Rahinsky and our police department for taking this important step,” City Manager Mark Washington said. “This is consistent with my values of transparency with the public.”

At next week’s community meeting, members of the Grand Rapids Police Policy and Procedure Review Task Force and 21st Century Policing LLC – the group’s facilitator – will present a final report with details of the group’s yearlong work. The report also will include an assessment of the Grand Rapids Police Department’s (GRPD) efforts to implement the recommendations outlined in President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The community meeting also will include small group discussions on next steps to create a road map forward.

The task force’s recommendations fall in six areas of GRPD policy review: staffing and deployment, internal affairs, training, youth interactions, community policing and crime reduction, and recruiting and hiring. The department’s new Youth Interaction Policy – developed by residents and police officers of every rank in consultation with 21st Century Policing and several community partners – codifies the police department’s expectation that officers use good judgement and act in the best interest of youth. For the complete list of the task force’s recommendations, CLICK HERE.


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