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

Ever wonder what the police department's policy is on prisoner processing, radio communications, or how we handle an out-of-state driver's licenses on a traffic stop? All departmental policies are now online and available for you 24/7.

We support the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning with their message during Teen Driver Safety Week. Each day, we will pass along daily reminders and statistics, brought to us by OHSP, to prompt the conversation with your young adult. #justdrive

Not able to attend today's community open forum?...No worries, check out the live stream here....

Today several of our officers and civilian staff, here at the Grand Rapids Police Department, gave a hand in supporting the Ronald McDonald Houses of Michigan. We challenge the Lansing Police Department to do the same. Ronald McDonald mittens can be purchased now, through October 28th at any McDonalds Restaurant in Michigan. Each pair is only five dollars and proceeds go to supporting Ronald McDonald Houses in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Detroit and Ann Arbor. Feel free to check out our Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan to see how they are positively impacting our community. You can show your support by posting a picture in your Ronald McDonald mittens and hashtag #GiveAHand

Today we bid farewell to K9 Kade, who has passed away after a fight with an aggressive form of cancer. K9 Kade joined our department in 2008 and was partnered with Sgt. PJ Baker. K9 Kade was a top notch K9 making countless apprehensions of some of the City's most dangerous criminals. K9 Kade and Sgt. Baker were also key in developing our department's tactical K9 program, using K9s during highly dangerous situations. Since retiring in 2015, K9 Kade has lived a very comfortable life with the Baker family. K9 Kade, you may be gone, but you are not forgotten.

This morning Police Chief David Rahinsky and Kent County Commissioner Robert Womack answer questions together after announcing the joint Community Forum at the police department this Sunday at 5:00 pm in lieu of the previously planned march "All Kids Matter".

10/17/18 Update: This woman has been identified, interviewed, and the case will be turned over to the prosecutor for review of charges. Thank you for all the tips as Grand Rapids proves time and time again that having an involved community is the best way to prevent crime, solve cases, and hold people accountable for their actions. 10/01/18: Can you help with an ID of this woman? After exhausting internal efforts, the GRPD is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying her. A couple weeks ago, she is accused of damaging property at Riordan’s Party Store, 1701 Madison Av SE, after being unhappy over her service. The woman appears to be around 5’6’’-5’8’’/225 lbs and have a studded piercing on her left cheek. Please message us with tips or contact Silent Observer.

Here's only a sample of the AMAZING talent that was displayed on stage when GR youth performers and GRPD musicians came together for the 1st annual R.O.C.K. performance this past weekend. Forget "America's Got Talent".....GR HAS TALENT!

After exhausting all internal efforts, GRPD investigators are looking to ID these two women suspected of stealing credit cards from several purses in the downtown area. The cards were then used to purchase items in the greater Grand Rapids area. The pictured vehicle was used in this crime....note the damage to the driver's side of what looks like a Honda 4D. Please send any tips to Messenger or Silent Observer.

Chief Rahinsky provides clarity and context surrounding inquiries into a GRPD response on 10/9/18 during a 911 call on Batavia Pl NE. He outlines the nature of the call (report of a shooting that just occurred), the responding officers actions onscene, the 911 call to the GRPD Communication Center, the officer's body worn camera (BWC) footage, and then a time for open questions from the media.

Today, Chief Rahinsky is giving a press conference regarding the incident from Batavia Pl. and Fulton. The incident took place on October 9th and involved a caller reporting a shooting and a family with two juveniles being briefly detained. Follow this link to watch the press conference live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XlaSBZrG2Y. If you can’t watch the live version, click the link and you can replay it.

HUGE congrats to Officer Mike Wordelman who competed in Saturday's Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. He, and 1700 of his closest friends, began the fierce battle during the swim. He worked through the constant elbows, feet, and being swam over to finish the 2.4 mile swim in 1h:15m. The 112 mile bike ride was his strongest performance of the day with a time of 5h:04m. The competition kicked in to high gear as the racers pushed through grueling direct sun and high humidity for the 26.2 mile run. Mike completed the run in 4h:27m coming down the home stretch of Ali'i Drive and crossing the finish line for a total competition time of 10h:53m. The GRPD, Team Stellafly, and all of West Michigan want to send a very proud congrats to our Ironman, Officer Mike Wordelman!

GRPD Officer Mike Wordelman is about to compete in the Ironman World Championship on October 13th in Kona, Hawaii. For the last 8 years Ofc. Wordelman has been racing, starting when he was 35 years old. In the last 8 years Ofc. Wordelman has competed in dozens of races, including marathons, Ironmans and Triathlons. Ofc. Wordelman was able to qualify for this year’s Ironman World Championship, which is no easy feat. If you don’t believe us, google it. With the race only a few days away we created this video to show Ofc. Wordelman our support and well wishes. You can follow Ofc. Wordelman online or through the official Ironman Tracking App. Ofc. Wordelman will be racing under his name, with Team Stellafly. #LetsGo! #TeamStellafly #OfcWordelman

We will never forget... Grand Rapids Patrolman John Meiboom September 12, 1894 — October 10, 1925 Officer Meiboom was another officer who gave his life while working as a traffic officer. The thirty-one year old officer was assigned to the motorcycles at what was known as Grand Rapids Police Department's 3rd Precinct Station. After stopping a "speeder" on Godfrey Ave at Plastico St., just outside the city, Officer Meiboom began riding back into the city when a truck veered into his lane as it was passing a bus striking him. Officer Meiboom died twenty minutes later at St. Mary's Hospital. He was married with no children at the time of his death.

Today we wish Officer Phil Braate the best on his last day of a celebratory 27 year career with GRPD. Ofc. Braate was hired in 1991 and spent the first half of his career committed to the Special Response Team (formerly known as the NPU) and held several additional assignments as a member of the Sniper Team, Field Training Officer, and Firearms Instructor/Armorer. Officer Braate joined the Training Unit in 2008 where he has left his legacy on our entire agency. Not only has he conducted department-wide training sessions, but he was the lead coordinator for recruit in-house training (over 100 new officers). His heart has always been with the safety and well-being of our members. His historical knowledge of the city and this agency will be irreplaceable, and his acute memory is the envy of many. We wish you the best for both you and your family!

All Grand Rapids residents should hear this important message from Police Chief David Rahinsky as he discusses the dangers of replica weapons. Please help us spread the word as we work together to keep each other safe, especially our community's children.

Public Information Release: 2 shooting victims from Charles/Logan St SE in stable condition Grand Rapids, MI (October 7, 2018, 6:35 p.m.) An afternoon shooting on the city's southeast side left two victims in stable condition and gave a dismissed church service an unsettling surprise. The 911 call came in to the Grand Rapids Communications Center just before 4:00 pm. Two victims, ages 16 and 23 years, were struck when numerous gunshots were fired near Charles Av SE and Logan St SE. The suspect, or suspects, fled the scene but left a trail of bullet holes. In all, 3 vehicles and a nearby church were struck by gunfire. That church, Messiah Missionary Baptist Church, was holding service at the time, but investigators have no indication the church was the intended target. It is believed that the victims were the intended targets but at least one round struck the brick church, unbeknownst to those in attendance at this evening's service. After service let out, the parishioners were routed out an alternate exit so as not to disturb possible evidence. The shooting victims are currently at a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries and are listed in stable condition. A K9 track was attempted from the scene, but currently no suspects are in custody. The intersection near Charles Av SE and Logan St SE is currently closed down while investigators process the scene, but it is expected to be opened up shortly. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Grand Rapids Police Department at (616) 456-3400 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345 / silentobserver.org. ###

We are so proud to host this year's Time-Based Category winner, "Moving Experience"! Come check him out today and tomorrow from 12-3 at police headquarters. We also want to give a shout out to YanFang Inlow, creator of "Black Panther", who was an independent award winner for Asian Artists.

Public Information Release/Update: Homicide Suspect/Victim Identified Grand Rapids, MI (October 5, 2018, 1:30 pm) Charges were brought this morning against the suspect accused of murdering a Grand Rapids man Wednesday night. 33 year old Tony Devern Streets Jr. of Grand Rapids is expected to be arraigned today on charges stemming from the fatal stabbing of a Burton Heights Pizza employee, 31 year old Joseph Vitale, after Streets caused a disturbance in the restaurant and refused to leave. It is believed that Streets robbed another victim in the parking lot and attempted to steal a car from a third victim while fleeing on foot. Shortly after the stabbing, Streets was taken into custody by officers during a canine track of the area. He has been in custody at the Kent County Correctional Facility since the incident, but today the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office officially charged Streets. His charges are listed below: 1.) Homicide-Open Murder 2.) Armed Robbery 3.) Carjacking 4.) Habitual Offender-Supp 4 Anyone with information that has yet to speak with the Grand Rapids Police Detectives, can contact Detective Josh Cornell at (616) 456-4459, Detective Kelli Braate at (616) 456-4548, or anonymously to Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345 / silentobserver.org. ### Grand Rapids, MI (October 4, 2018, 11:00 am) The victim of an overnight stabbing in the Burton Heights neighborhood has died from his injuries, and Grand Rapids Police Detectives have a person of interest in custody. The assault took place last night at Burton Heights Pizza shortly before 8:00 pm. The suspect entered the restaurant and began to cause a disturbance. Sometime during the disturbance, an employee of Burton Heights Pizza was stabbed. The victim fled the restaurant and tried to drive himself to the hospital but crashed his vehicle in a single car accident on Wealthy St SE just east of S. Division. An officer was nearby and provided medical treatment before the victim was transported to the hospital by an ambulance. After the stabbing, the suspect fled the restaurant on foot and there were then additional crimes committed in the vicinity of the original assault. A police canine track was conducted and a person of interest was located nearby. This person was then taken into custody, interviewed and arrested on the additional crimes that had taken place in the area. Investigators were able to locate evidence from the homicide during a canvas of the area. GRPD detectives are continuing their investigation and processing evidence before additional charges will be sought. Overnight, investigators learned that the victim died as a result of his injuries. An examination was performed by the Kent County Medical Examiner's Office this morning confirming he died as a result of the stabbing and ruled the death a homicide. This homicide is the 8th 2018 homicide in the City of Grand Rapids. No names will be released at this time until additional steps have been taken in the investigation. ###

Here is the 12th of 12 videos of our community, youth, musicians. These musicians submitted their video to enter the GRPD R.O.C.K. concert, being held on October 13th from 3-6 pm at Rosa Parks Circle. The concert will star these musicians along with GRPD officers as the accompaniment. All are welcome to come and enjoy the concert, along with all the other festivities we have planned. As part of the R.O.C.K. concert, a winner will be awarded with a new guitar, donated by Guitar Center. The winner will be determined using these videos. The musician with the most “likes” will win. The 12th musician is the Kenowa Hills Middle School Orchestra. Enjoy, click ‘LIKE’ and share!!

Here is the 11th of 12 videos of our community, youth, musicians. These musicians submitted their video to enter the GRPD R.O.C.K. concert, being held on October 13th from 3-6 pm at Rosa Parks Circle. The concert will star these musicians along with GRPD officers as the accompaniment. All are welcome to come and enjoy the concert, along with all the other festivities we have planned. As part of the R.O.C.K. concert, a winner will be awarded with a new guitar, donated by Guitar Center. The winner will be determined using these videos. The musician with the most “likes” will win. The 11th musician is Regan Mockerman. Enjoy, click ‘LIKE’ and share!!

Here is the tenth of 12 videos of our community, youth, musicians. These musicians submitted their video to enter the GRPD R.O.C.K. concert, being held on October 13th from 3-6 pm at Rosa Parks Circle. The concert will star these musicians along with GRPD officers as the accompaniment. All are welcome to come and enjoy the concert, along with all the other festivities we have planned. As part of the R.O.C.K. concert, a winner will be awarded with a new guitar, donated by Guitar Center. The winner will be determined using these videos. The musician with the most “likes” will win. The tenth musician is Lourdie Clark. Enjoy, click ‘LIKE’ and share!!

Here is the ninth of 12 videos of our community, youth, musicians. These musicians submitted their video to enter the GRPD R.O.C.K. concert, being held on October 13th from 3-6 pm at Rosa Parks Circle. The concert will star these musicians along with GRPD officers as the accompaniment. All are welcome to come and enjoy the concert, along with all the other festivities we have planned. As part of the R.O.C.K. concert, a winner will be awarded with a new guitar, donated by Guitar Center. The winner will be determined using these videos. The musician with the most “likes” will win. The ninth musician is Isaiah Ramirez. Enjoy, click ‘LIKE’ and share!!

Here is the eighth of 12 videos of our community, youth, musicians. These musicians submitted their video to enter the GRPD R.O.C.K. concert, being held on October 13th from 3-6 pm at Rosa Parks Circle. The concert will star these musicians along with GRPD officers as the accompaniment. All are welcome to come and enjoy the concert, along with all the other festivities we have planned. As part of the R.O.C.K. concert, a winner will be awarded with a new guitar, donated by Guitar Center. The winner will be determined using these videos. The musician with the most “likes” will win. The eighth musician is Jeremiah Jones. Enjoy, click ‘LIKE’ and share!!