In its 125 year history, the Grand Rapids Police Department has worked hard to keep citizens safe, and 2015 was no exception. Last year, the department responded to 12,574 calls. In addition to calls, the Police Department accomplished a number of significant goals.
Those goals include a new tracking system, career development goals and plans for all officers, and crisis intervention training which enables officers to better assist people suffering from mental illness. The department also has a number of programs to connect with and serve our community. Some of those programs include Shop with a Hero, Special Olympics Polar Plunge, DARE, National Night Out, the “GRPD Chronicles” on ICTV, and the Citizens’ Academy.
In 2016, the police department will be rolling out new programs like Coffee with a Cop, the Police Advisory Board, the Teen Citizens’ Academy, a college student intern program, and participation in Anishinaabe cultural awareness training for all officers.
Coffee with a Cop is a monthly gathering where the public is invited to meet with police officers and have their questions answered. It’s also a chance for the community to better know the people that serve them over a cup of coffee. We’re also excited about our Teen Citizen’s Academy. This program invites Grand Rapids High School students to learn more about the police force over a four-week period. Like the Citizens’ Academy, participants learn from department personnel who are experts in their area. The Police Advisory Board is a nine-member commission formed to improve police-community relations and offer new proposals or recommended program changes.
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