Grand Rapids Police Department

Officials have released recordings to a media company that reveal three western Michigan police officers discussing giving an assistant prosecutor a break in a drunken driving crash that injured one person. The Grand Rapids city manager's office says Wednesday that the recordings of five phone calls were released to the MLive Media Group following a court battle. 

About $1 million in cash and more than 66 pounds of cocaine and heroin have been seized during weekend drug raids in Grand Rapids. The U.S. Attorney's office in Grand Rapids says 18 people are charged with conspiracy to distribute the drugs in the Grand Rapids and Benton Harbor areas. Authorities obtained search warrants for more than a dozen homes, businesses and storage facilities. 

A man has been shot in the chest by police executing search warrants in western Michigan. Grand Rapids police say the man was shot about 4 a.m. Sunday as members of the Kent County sheriff's office were trying to arrest him and another person at an apartment complex.

He was in critical condition at a hospital. The drug investigation involved a task force that included the sheriff's office and other police agencies. The task force made several arrests. No officers were injured. Grand Rapids police are investigating the shooting.

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Police say a 21-year-old man apparently drowned in a closed public pool after he jumped a fence at a western Michigan park to get inside.

The Grand Rapids Police Department says the man was part of a group of men who jumped the fence at Richmond Park.

Police responded after getting a call before 6 a.m. Tuesday that the man was unresponsive. Officers pulled him out of the pool and he was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The Grand Rapids Press reports the pool hadn't been scheduled to open until around midday Tuesday. It has been closed until further notice.

Police in Grand Rapids are starting an effort to get young people in the western Michigan community interested in becoming police officers. The police department is expanding its partnership with Boys & Girls Club Youth Commonwealth Partners to start a new mentoring and training program. Police Chief David Rahinsky says in a statement that the department and the city have a "strong commitment to building a more diverse police department - one that is reflective of the community we serve." 

In an effort to increase transparency and improve community and police relations, the Grand Rapids Police Department has begun an e-newsletter and video blog featuring Chief David Rahinsky. The new video blog went live Wednesday morning on the city’s official Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages. The video blog comes at a time when the police department is actively trying to increase its transparency and repair its relationship with the community. 

GRPD buys body cameras for off duty police

Jun 22, 2017

Police officers in Grand Rapids who are part of a Special Response Team will soon have a second body camera to carry with them when they're off-duty. The city commission of Grand Rapids has agreed to spend over 15,000 to purchase roughly 20 additional cameras for the Special Response Team. The team often responds to emergencies when off-duty. Buying more cameras would allow the response team to respond directly to incidents instead of having to first go to the police station to retrieve a camera.

The city of Grand Rapids is hoping to improve its relationship between the community and the Grand Rapids Police Department. Starting this week, city officials are hosting a number of “Community Listening Sessions.”

“The message to residents is really, ‘they are experts of their experience,'" Stacy Stout, assistant to the City Manager of Grand Rapids said. Stout is on the leadership team for the City's listening sessions. "We value their voice, and the city is committed to a deeper type of community engagement than what they may have experienced previously,” she said.

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A prosecutor has determined that Grand Rapids police were justified in the death of an 18-year-old man who was involved in a shootout with officers. Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker also released police in-car camera and officer body camera footage Tuesday of the May 3 confrontation with Malik Carey. Becker says Carey fired four shots before officer's returned fire. No officers were wounded. Becker said Tuesday that up until the shooting started "there was no indication there was going to be trouble." 

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Michigan lawmakers are looking to create guidelines for body camera footage obtained by law enforcement officers. The state House passed a bill Tuesday that would require police departments to have written policies on using body cameras and maintaining and handling recordings. It would prohibit certain footage from being obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. 

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