Grand Rapids Police Department

  • Agency: Grand Rapids Police Department
  • Address: 1 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, 49503 MI
  • Chief: Harry P Dolan (Chief of Police)

Grand Rapids Police Department is located at 1 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, 49503 MI. The Chief of Police of the department is Harry P Dolan. The Grand Rapids Police Department phone number is 616-456-3400.

Grand Rapids Police Department News

Press Release: Police Chief Announces Introduction of IMPACT, his Youth Advisory Council Grand Rapids, MI (November 7, 2017, 1:30 pm) Chief Rahinksy is pleased to announce the introduction of his new advisory council, "IMPACT". IMPACT will be comprised of area high school students that live in the City of Grand Rapids and who will meet monthly throughout the school year with the first meeting scheduled to be held in January, 2018. The purpose of this group is to provide a platform for young adults to voice their opinions and advise Chief Rahinsky on current police issues from a young adult's perspective. Through these meetings with IMPACT, it is the goal of Chief Rahinsky to better serve all residents of Grand Rapids, including young adults, by gaining a greater understanding of their experiences with law enforcement and how they view trending law enforcement issues. Students wishing to participate do not need to have an interest in pursuing law enforcement as a career. The program is free to participate, and transportation to the monthly meetings will be provided for those needing accommodations. "This is a new initiative that I feel is necessary and beneficial for all residents of Grand Rapids. It goes without question that today’s young adults are resilient visionaries, founded in family and community, and they are eager to be heard. This opportunity is a platform for mutual education, leadership, and cultural awareness. It is my goal that we can share, with each other, our experiences, frustrations, and visions for a more collaborative police/community relationship, through dialogue that surrounds trending law enforcement related issues." -Chief David Rahinksy Enrollment is currently open and can be completed on the police department's website. For more information, please visit the Grand Rapids Police Department's website, Facebook, or speak with your high school guidance office. XXX

#KeepingGRSafe Numerous illegal guns removed from the streets of GR in the past 2 weeks. Here's a summary of each incident: Officers were called to the Ann/Monroe Shell Gas Station on a report of an individual asleep behind the wheel. Their investigation led them to search the interior of the vehicle locating an assortment of unknown medications and a loaded Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun with a 30 round magazine. The 25 year old male did not have a CPL and was arrested and charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon-Felony. Additional charges for the narcotics are still being investigated. Officers made a routine traffic stop near the intersection of Godfrey Av SW and Oxford St SW. The driver of the vehicle ran from the vehicle after trying to elude the cruisers. As the driver exited the vehicle, he was holding a firearm in his hand which he subsequently dropped on the ground prior to continuing to run. A K9 track was conducted but the driver is still at large. On the ground near the vehicle, the officers located a Springfield Armory XD40 .40 cal handgun with a 30 round magazine along with narcotics. The investigation is still ongoing. In the 900 block of Merritt St SE, officers responded to a report of an altercation between two neighbors where one brandished a knife and the other produced a gun. The knife wielder was able to disarm the subject with the gun prior to running back in his home. Upon arrival, police observed the subject now trying to climb out onto the roof before being ordered down to police. Fortunately, there were no injuries during this incident. A search of the home revealed two guns, a Taurus .380 semi-automatic handgun and a Crossman Arms Vigilante pellet gun. One 23 year old male was arrested and lodged for numerous charges that night, but the investigation is still ongoing. Officers responded to the Elks Club on the City's SE side on a report of a fight inside following a disagreement over a Halloween costume winner. After being reportedly punched in the face, a 45 year old female went to her car to retrieve a handgun. Officers arrived onscene as the female was exiting her car with the gun in her hand. Officers showed immense restraint to maintain control of the female as well as protection of the crowd gathered nearby. The female, who in fact had a CPL was taken into custody and charged with Aggravated Assault and Resisting and Obstructing. Officers made contact with a 19 year old male in the 1300 block of Alpine Av NW in order to arrest him for a known CCW Felony warrant. The subject was taken into custody for the warrant, and when the officers searched him prior to taking him to jail, they located a loaded .22 caliber revolver in his pocket. An additional charge of CCW was added.

Congratulations to our very own Det. Valerie Carrasco and GRPD Explorer/2017 Youth Police Academy graduate Binti Abdi for being awarded the 2017 YWCA Tribute Award! Det. Carrasco was the nominee for the "Profession" category and Binti was the Student Honoree and YWCA Judy Lloyd Scholarship Recipient. They were chosen by the YWCA for their outstanding commitment to breaking down social barriers, equality for all, and empowering women to achieve greatness. Click on the link to see the bios all 2017 winners....Way to go ladies! http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/10/meet_the_ywcas_2016_tribute_aw.html#incart_river_home 2017 YWCA TRIBUTE AWARDS Annual awards luncheon to honor remarkable women by YWCA West Central Michigan * When: Noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8 * Where: DeVos Place (Ballrooms A and B), 303 Monroe Ave. NW in downtown Grand Rapids * Tickets: Reservations by Friday, Nov. 4, call 616-426-3716 or ywcatribute2017.eventbrite.com

Meet our youngest recruits: Elainna (2) and Dai Officers Urena and Allen got a chance to meet potential future police officers as they were enjoying the Halloween festivities around the city last night. It proved to be perfect Fall weather for a safe and fun Trick-or-Treating!

Another reminder about winter parking restrictions. "Before you go to bed, think ahead!"

Meet Sallah, Samaria and Janice.... Last night, Ofc. Bill Moe brought two of his Boys and Girls Club kids, Shallah and Samaria, to a Griffins game. While at the game, they met Janice and his father sitting nearby. Ofc. Moe learned Janice is in town from Alaska getting treatment for a medical condition at a local hospital, so he invited them to join them after the game for an impromptu tour of the police department. Thank you Ofc. Moe for bringing excitement and adventure to all three kids last night! Through your efforts with our youth, you are making a positive impact on a "global" level. We at GRPD wish Janice a full and speedy recovery!

Chief Rahinsky went live on Calder Plaza with C & R News to discuss the Opioid and Drug Epidemic that communities across the country are trying to counter. The GRPD has a secure "Drug Take Back" bin in our lobby 24/7. Drop-offs are free and anonymous. Addiction consumes many in our community, and it does not discriminate by age, race, sex, or income level. If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, please see the Network 180 homepage for a full list of the 13 treatment options in the Grand Rapids area. https://www.facebook.com/mymacwellness/videos/790181937855120/

Grand Rapids, MI (October 27, 2017, 3:00 pm) 200 bags of candy donated by Meijer enhances GRPD engagement with the community: In our ongoing efforts to positively interact with the community we serve, the Grand Rapids Police Department has partnered with Meijer to distribute candy to children on Halloween. This year Meijer has once again graciously donated 200 bags of candy that will be distributed to Grand Rapids Police Officers working on Halloween who will then pass out candy to “trick-or-treaters.” Halloween will be observed on Tuesday, October 31 2017, from dusk until 8:00 pm. The police department will also be participating in numerous Halloween themed neighborhood events and parties over the course of the next week. “This partnership is a great way to encourage Halloween Safety, while creating positive youth and officer interaction. Officers will be in the community, out of their cars getting closer to the people we serve while simultaneous helping to keep Halloween safe and fun for everyone. “ – Chief David Rahinsky The GRPD also offers the following tips to help our children have a safe and Happy Halloween: · Please respect that neighbors who do not have their porch lights on are choosing not to participate. · Do not trick-or-treat alone. Go with parents or adult friends. · Wear light colored or reflective clothing after sundown. · Wear flame-retardant materials. · Avoid billowy costumes and wigs. · Props such as magic wands and swords should be made from cardboard rather than metal or wood. · Do not wear a mask that blocks or restricts your vision. · Obey all traffic safety rules. · Walk on sidewalks; do not walk in the street. If you must walk in the street, walk on the left side facing traffic. · Carry and use a flashlight. · Trick-or-treat only in your own neighborhood. · Do not go into any stranger’s home or car, even if you are offered candy. * Do not eat any candy or other food until your parents examine it. · Homeowners should have outside porch lights on where trick-or-treaters are welcome. · Drivers should be especially aware and observant when driving through residential neighborhoods. We hope that these tips will help keep Halloween fun and safe for everyone.

GRPD's West CPS Tony Leonard spent this afternoon participating in a distracted driving fatal crash reenactment at Union High School where over 150 Juniors participated. The reenactment was done with a combination of students and real first responders. Thank you Ofc. Leonard for your investing in the safety of your Westside youth.

Ridgemoor Montessori School was very appreciative to have Sgt. Gomez at there Trunk or Treat party Tuesday night sharing Halloween safety tips. Sgt. Gomez does have a sweet tooth, but it looks like he shared a few pieces with the kids too...

Grand Rapids, MI (October 25, 2017, 12:30 pm) Press Release: Bank Robbery/Suspects at large The Grand Rapids Police Department is currently investigating a bank robbery that occurred this morning at 1949 44th St SE, Huntington Bank. The 911 call came in shortly after 9:00 am which is when the bank opened for business. Two suspects entered the store, made demands for money, and left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. Suspect #1: Black male, early 20's, 6'2'', 180-200 lbs, some facial hair, dressed in all black except for white tennis shoes. Suspect #2: Black male, early 20's, 6'2'', 180-200 lbs, wearing a red/black jacket and dark pants. The suspects left the bank on foot running westbound along the north sidewalk. A K9 track was conducted but no suspects were located. There were no customers in the lobby area at the time of the robbery and there were no reported injuries. It is too soon in the investigation to determine if any weapons were used in the robbery. Major Case Team Detectives, in conjunction with the FBI, is conducting the ongoing investigation. Attached is the photo of suspect #1. Any tips can be sent to the police department at (616) 456-3400 or silentobserver.org.

24 hour challenge accepted GR! With 22 minutes to spare, Kim Anderson was taken into custody with the help of our vigilant and observant residents in Grand Rapids. This may not have been possible without your tips. Thank you!

Thank you Wesley for posing with Ofc. Zane Garnsey at Friday's JBZoo Halloween festivities...you made his day!

The GRPD needs your help in locating this dangerous individual wanted on multiple violent felonies: Kim Anderson, 55 years old, 5'7''/190 lbs, long gray braids. Tips can be sent anonymously to (616) 774-2345 or silentobserver.org. Let's work together to get him off the streets in the next 24 hours!

We, too, appreciate the work you do Alger Heights! Thanks for continuing to be a great community partner.

Grand Rapids, MI (October, 23 2017, 12:45 am) Press release-Death Investigation The Grand Rapids Police Department is currently involved in a death investigation on the City's Northeast side. Shortly after 9:00 pm last night, a 9-1-1 call came in that a Grand Rapids man was found unresponsive in his home in the 1800 block of Mason St NE, Cambridge Square Apartments. Police and medical units responded and confirmed that the victim was deceased. The victim appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound but the cause and manner of death will not be determined until an autopsy is performed later today. Until then, the Major Case Team is investigating the incident and reports that no one is in custody at this time relating to this case. The deceased identification will not be released until proper notifications to next of kin can be made. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Grand Rapids Police Department at (616) 456-3400 or Silent Observer at silentobserver.org or (616) 774-2345.

NAACP Greater Grand Rapids Branch President Cle Jackson poses with GRPD’s Captain Vincent Reilly, Deputy Chief of Police Eric Payne, and Lieutenant David Schnurstein (left to right) during Friday night’s NAAPC 51st Annual Freedom Fund Dinner.

Today’s Meet ‘n Greet at the Early Bird was awesome! Thank you to everyone who was able to attend! Here a few photos from the event.

Come out and meet one of our new Community Specialist, Officer Evan Saxe!

Public Information Release - Resisting and Obstructing/Officer Injured Grand Rapids, MI (October 18, 2017, 9:40 pm) A Grand Rapids Police Officer was injured following an arrest at Heartside Park, 301 Ionia Av SW. The incident happened at approximately 4:19 pm. Early reports indicate, two officers arrested the 52 year old man for being in violation of a park expulsion based on a prior incident in which the suspect was banned from the park. During the incident, the suspect resisted resulting in an injury to one of the officers. The 21 year veteran officer was transported to an area hospital. His injuries are said to be non-life threatening but will remain at the hospital overnight for observations. The suspect was not injured. The department’s Major Case Team will investigate the incident. Anyone who may have additional information about this incident is requested to call 456-3400 or Silent Observer at 774-2345. Silent Observer can also be contacted confidentially at www.silentobserver.org. ###

Check out the October edition of Connections, the GRPD's free monthly e-newsletter.

Join us in supporting Scott, as he continues his battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) $10 Tickets sold at the door/includes Food and Beer/Pop Food - Three Men And A Grill (catering) Beer - Founders Brewing Co & Harmony Brewing Co. Music - Jon Cour, Brian Grooms (Fled 5), Geno Laudenslager (Borrowed Time), & Josh Mollan

GRPD/Hispanic community soccer game cancelled due to inclement weather... Mother Nature has thrown a wrench into the planned soccer game featuring the Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) and the Hispanic community. Due to severe inclement weather forecast for tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 14, event organizers have cancelled the game and will reschedule another match for spring of 2018. “We regret having to cancel and reschedule the game,” Chief of Police David Rahinsky said, “but due to the family-friendly nature of the game, we didn’t want to expose our loved ones and residents to the nasty weather that is anticipated on Saturday. We will work on scheduling another date next spring and look forward to teaming up for community soccer,” he said. La Mejor GR radio personality Chuy Morales said that the teams were excited to play and wished they didn’t have to reschedule the game, but, “due to the poor weather, it is in the best interest of our players, officers, family, friends and neighbors.”

Updated Information Regarding Silent Observer’s Domestic Violence Campaign Silent Observer has had an overwhelming response from the public in regards to the location of the offenders that appeared on their “Love Does Not Hit” Domestic Violence Poster. Since the release of this poster one week ago, Silent Observer has received 40 tips on the offenders featured and ten of them have either been arrested by law enforcement, turned themselves in to authorities or information has been provided indicating they are currently incarcerated in another state. The new poster attached reflects the recent arrests. Silent Observer will continue to give updates on the Love Does Not Hit campaign through October 31. Anyone with information on the location of the remaining 35 suspects highlighted in this poster can contact Silent Observer anonymously at 774-2345; download Silent Observer’s mobile app, or by visiting www.silentobserver.org. Silent Observer will pay a reward of up to $500 for information leading to the arrest of the listed suspects. ### October 7, 2017 Silent Observer Seeks Community’s Help In Locating Domestic Violence Suspects October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month where people all across the country are asked to focus on preventing and ending domestic violence in their communities. To that end, Silent Observer is releasing their Love Does Not Hit poster highlighting 45 people with Domestic Violence warrants and are asking the community to contact Silent Observer anonymously at 774-2345 as to their whereabouts. While those who are pictured are innocent until proven guilty, these subjects need to follow through with due process and a disposition needs to be made on these cases for the benefit of the victims and the families who have been affected. Christopher Becker, Kent County Prosecutor said “Anytime we can apprehend a person accused of domestic violence it provides a level of safety and security to the victim which they don’t have when the person has not been caught. If a victim feels safe, it helps tremendously when we take these cases to court. I am so grateful to Silent Observer for once again putting together a “Love Does Not Hit” poster. It has been a tremendous success in the past in bringing domestic abusers to justice, and I am sure it will have the same success this year.” Domestic violence is a crime of passion typically inflicted by a person the victim has come to love and trust. Domestic violence occurs to people from all walks of life, despite class or geographical location. Law Enforcement’s response to domestic assault is a priority due to the potential that the assaults and injuries will become more severe over time. According to the most current data available from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: • On average, almost 20 people per minute are physically abused in the US by an intimate partner. • 10 million people a year are physically abused by an intimate partner • 20,000 calls a day are placed to domestic violence hotlines • 20% of women in the US have been raped • More than three women a day are murdered by their intimate partner in the United States’ • Nearly 1 in every 4 women in the US reports experiencing violence by a current or from a former spouse or boyfriend at some point in their life. • Nearly 1 in every 7 men are victims of domestic violence at some point in their life. • 5 million children in America live in families in which partner violence occurred at least once in the past year. Silent Observer welcomes calls from those who wish to be the voice of those that cannot speak for themselves and encourages those who know someone that is a victim of domestic violence to call and report it. Anyone with information as to the location of the subjects shown on this poster has three options to contact Silent Observer anonymously: by phone at 774-2345, the new silent observer mobile app and by going to our website at www.silentobserver.org. Silent Observer will pay a reward of up to $500 for information leading to the arrest of the listed suspects. There are services for victims of domestic violence right here in Kent County: YWCA 24-Hour Confidential Crisis Line 616.451.2744 http://www.ywcawcmi.org/ Safe Haven Ministries 24-Hour Crisis Line 616.452-6664 http://safehavenministries.org/ Kent County Domestic Violence Community Coordinated Response Team http://www.stopkentviolence.org/ ###