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

We will never forget... Grand Rapids Police Officer Daniel C. Duyst November 25, 1956 โ€” May 30, 1994 Officer Duyst is the only officer to be killed โ€œoff-dutyโ€ in Kent County law enforcement history. He died attempting to save a man who was being electrocuted. Officer Duyst was on a family outing at Spring Lake when he saw a man in the water. The man had jumped off a dock which had a light cord running around it. This cord had a short in it electrifying the metal posts of the dock, as well as the surrounding water. Officer Duyst jumped from the boat he was in with his family and friends to aid the man and was also electrocuted by the current. Officer Duyst was killed instantly, as was the man he was trying to save. Officer Duyst left behind a wife and two daughters.

Ever wonder what crime is reported in your neighborhood? On your block? Want to know the real numbers for the City of GR as they as happening? Now our crime mapping system is even easier, more accurate, and updated twice per day. Look something up once, or adjust the settings to receive notifications via email when a crime is reported in your area. Click on the website link for instructions on how to best navigate the crime mappingโ€ฆor the 2nd link takes you straight to the crime mapping site. https://www.grandrapidsmi.gov/Services-Directory/View-a-Grand-Rapids-Crime-Map https://www.crimemapping.com/map/mi/grandrapids

Blu update!! He is homeward bound and reunited with his owner. ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿก๐ŸŽŠ Thanks to everyone who shared our post and kept an eye out for Blu.

Thank you Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy for stopping by the police station twice over the past two weeks. Last week we gave a department wide tour and this week students from Mrs. Turnerge's and Mrs. Pearce's 7th grade class dropped off thank you bags to our officers in honor of their community service days.

Public Information Release: Officers Deploy Less Lethal Shotgun on Suicidal Woman Grand Rapids, MI (May 25, 2018, 9:00 a.m.) Grand Rapids Police Department patrol officers shot several less lethal shotgun rounds striking a suicidal woman armed with a knife. Last night just after 6:00 p.m., Grand Rapids Police Officers were called to the area of Jefferson Av SE and Cherry St SE on a report of a woman stabbing herself in an apparent act of suicide. Officers responded in emergency mode and located the 45 year old woman near the intersection armed with a knife. She was holding the knife to her throat asking officers to shoot her. The victim made several suicidal cuts to her body while officers were attempting to verbally calm her down. After several minutes of trying to talk with the woman, and no response from the her to accept the help of the officers, the decision was made to fire several bean bag rounds at the victim. The goal was to get her to drop the knife so that officers could safely approach her. The rounds were successful, striking her in the legs, and officers were able to take her into custody to prevent additional self harm. The woman suffered superficial injuries from her cuts and bruising on her thighs from the impact of the bean bag rounds. She was taken to a nearby hospital for medical clearance and a mental evaluation. We are proud of the courageous acts of these officers from last night since their quick thinking and trained skills likely saved this woman's life. Every patrol supervisor is equipped with and certified in the use of a less-lethal shotgun to be able to respond to incidents of this nature. It is a tool that gives patrol an additional option for taking a potentially dangerous or armed individual into custody without risking the safety of the officers. If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or depression, or you know someone that could use some help, options are available by calling 1 - 800 - 273 - TALK (8255). There are also numerous local resource options which can be found by calling 211 or contacting Network 180. ###

Update! Blu has been located and returned to his owner. Thanks all for sharing our post and keeping an eye out for Blu. Please help us reunite "Blu", a Boxer/Pitbull mix puppy, with his rightful owner. Blu was stolen from the owner's yard a couple of days ago and may have since been sold to another loving home or he could be with someone that does not have Blu's best interests in mind. Blu was spotted yesterday in the area of the Family Pantry, 704 Stocking Av NW. He is described as blue/gray in color with distinguishable white markings on his snout, chest and front paw. If you see Blu or know where he is, please send a private message to GRPD Facebook, call GRPD at (616) 456-3400 or contact Silent Observer.

Do you recognize this man? He is the suspect in a theft of a purse from an elderly woman's grocery cart. The suspect drove away in the photo of the silver or gray sedan. Any ID tips can be sent to Facebook messenger, GRPD at (616) 456-3400, or Silent Observer.

GRPD Explorer Post 1871 wants to give a shout out to The NRA Foundation and Bachelder Master Gunmakers for their generous donation of a brand new Glock 17, 8,000 rounds of ammo and a covered registration fee. Our 16 Explorers train on gun safety and proper shooting technique at the range 3 times per year. Now they have their own brand new designated handgun to hone their skills as they prepare for a career in LE. #GRPDpride #Explorers1871

We are honored to be a part of Project Night Lights, working alongside of the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, Silent Observer and other first responders. Starting June 13th at 8:30 pm we will be lining designated areas near the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and turning on all our lights ๐Ÿš‘๐Ÿš“๐Ÿš’. The children will have flashlights and will be able to flash their lights back to us. We want to show all the children we stand with them as they battle their own illnesses. We will be out there once a month (every second Wednesday) through the summer at 8:30 pm (6/13, 7/11, 8/8). If you would like to participate, you are welcome to find a safe place in which to legally park or stand and do so with flashlights. DeVos Children's Hospital staff says that if you can see their blue building, then the kids can see you. We will only be doing this for 3 minutes so don't miss this chance! "We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails" - Bertha Calloway

Update: Willie Bryant was taken into custody last night on the northeast side of Grand Rapids without incident. Last night, Officers spotted Bryant as a passenger in a vehicle around 9:00 p.m. A stop on the vehicle was attempted, but the driver fled and the vehicle was able to get away. A short time later, an anonymous tip came in stating Bryant was currently inside the McDonald's Restaurant at 417 Michgan St NE. Officers responded and took Bryant into custody without a struggle. After being interviewed by both Grand Rapids and Wyoming Detectives, Bryant was lodged at the Kent County Correctional Facility without bond.

Public Information Release: Today's Critical Incident There was a heavy police presence, and the 900 block of Franklin St SE was shut down, for over 7 hours today as a result of a critical incident at a nearby residence. It all began following a high risk stop by Grand Rapids patrol officers where officers believed the vehicle contained a homicide suspect from this morning's homicide in the City of Wyoming. The driver was taken into custody, but the suspect was not in the vehicle. The follow-up investigation revealed that an occupant of that vehicle may have exited the vehicle just prior to the stop and entered a nearby home. The house was surrounded and GRPD personnel began critical incident procedures. GRPD Major Case Team, Special Response Team and Crisis Negotiator Team members responded to the scene and attempts to contact occupants in home began just prior to 11:00 am. Two individuals exited the home when instructed to and were secured without incident. Commands continued into the home for several hours with no response. Just prior to 5:00 p.m., SRT members entered the home on a Wyoming PD search warrant, but no one was located inside. The scene was turned over to Wyoming PD and a majority of GRPD personnel were able to clear. Franklin St SE has now opened up to traveling motorists. Any specific questions regarding the wanted individual or the circumstances surrounding the investigation should be directed to the Wyoming Police Department. ###

GRPD enjoyed the warm weather, the good food, and the great company of the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood at our first ever community "Pop-up Open House" at Cesar Chavez Elementary last night. We were able to sing, laugh, play and eat alongside each other as both law enforcement and community members had an opportunity to connect. Stay tuned for our next location.....any requests? Thank you to WOOD TV8 and Zach Horner for their coverage of the event... http://www.woodtv.com/news/grand-rapids/grpd-officers-residents-mingle-at-open-house/1186162612

CALEA has completed the assessment portion for the GRPD accreditation process. In the spirit of sharing all assessments of the police department with the community, we want you to be able to read the entire report if you are interested. See the link below to the pdf and city website. #GRPDpride PDF: https://www.grandrapidsmi.gov/files/assets/public/departments/police/files/grand-rapids-mi-2018-calea-report.pdf Website link: https://www.grandrapidsmi.gov/Government/Departments/Police-Department/Police-Documents-and-Reports

This was our first ever open house that we brought to the community. Our hope is to broaden our reach as we spread across the city with these open houses. We want to get to meet you in a relaxed and welcoming environment...not on a 911 call.

We Will Never Forget... Grand Rapids Patrolman George Geng February 27, 1894 โ€” May 17, 1921 Officer Geng was the first officer to die in what would be the deadliest year in Kent County law enforcement history. Officer Geng was a motorcycle officer who was attempting to catch up to a speeding vehicle on Plainfield Avenue. A truck driven by a former police ambulance driver turned into his path at Saunders Court NE. He was taken to the hospital where he died the next day. He was a member of the police department for only two months and left behind a wife and two children at the time of his death.

Chief Rahinsky is showing off his skills right now at Ted Rasberry Field as part of the "Celebrity T-Ball Game" all for a great cause...to raise money and equipment for the Whitecaps Community Foundation Inner City Baseball and Softball Program. Let's just hope he does not come in to work tomorrow with a cast or a limpโšพ๐Ÿคž#GRpride

We welcome all members of the community to join us at our "Pop-Up Open House" this Thursday at Cesar Chavez Elementary 4-7 pm. Come enjoy free food, games, and interact with your local police officers! For more details, click on the link below: https://www.grandrapidsmi.gov/Shortcut-Content/News-Media/Police-Department-hosts-a-May-17-Pop-Up-Open-House

Recognize me? Please help us identify this person who allegedly used a stolen credit card to purchase a number of items at a Grand Rapids area store. If you know, send us a message or report your information to Silent Observer at (866) 774-2345. โ€œEnter, stranger, but take heed of what awaits the sin of greed. For those who take, but do not earn, must pay most dearly in their turn. So if you seek beneath our floors a treasure that was never yours. Thief, you have been warned, beware of finding more than treasure there.โ€ โ€• J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The Pathways to Policing Program is in the running for the 2018 "Connecting with Community Award" sponsored by WoodTV8. Show the love for your local law enforcement of GRPD and the Boys and Girls Clubs of GR Youth Commonwealth by going to the link below to cast your vote! ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’™ http://www.woodtv.com/community/connecting-with-community-awards

Thank you to Justin Hicks of MLIVE for this morning's article recognizing our efforts to reduce fear of local law enforcement in the Hispanic community. http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2018/05/grand_rapids_police_taking_bab.html

The West Michigan Team finished the last leg of the Police Unity Tour 2018 riding from Annapolis, MD, to Washington, D.C. where they were joined by thousands of others to kick off Police Memorial Week. Last night's candlelight vigil is certainly the most memorable event of the week. #FallenButNotForgotten #WeRideForThoseWhoDied

We Will Never Forget! Grand Rapids Patrolman Francis M. Gallup July 24, 1921 โ€” May 13, 1946 Officer Gallup left behind an eleven-day-old baby girl at the time of his death. A motorcycle officer working a traffic detail, Officer Gallup was struck by a car at McReynolds Ave. NW and 5th St. NW. His body flew from the motorcycle and struck a second car that was stopping because of the crash. The twenty-four year old officer had been with the Police Department for less than one year.

As we lead in to Police Memorial Week, follow along as our West Michigan Team participates in the Police Unity Tour....a 300 mile bike ride along the East Coast to raise awareness for those officers who have died in the line of duty and to raise money for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum. Check out these pics from our riders of Day 1. East Hanover, NJ, to Somerset, NJ. #werideforthosewhodied #teamwestmichigan