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The Grand Rapids Police Department is investigating an increase in a reported use of counterfeit money. Since December of 2017, there have been at least 12 cases or reported incidents.

Police have some tips for residents to avoid being scammed.

“We did have seven in December and five in January and that’s more than we generally see.  So we wanted to make the public aware that it’s on the increase and how they can avoid being a victim.”

A second bank robbery in Grand Rapids in the past four days has police on the hunt for a suspect. The bank robbery took place at Macatawa Bank on Burton Street near the Brenton Village Shopping Center around noon on Tuesday.

Witnesses describe the suspect as being a white male in his 50's, at least 6' tall and having a thin build. He was wearing a winter hat, a tan jacket, dark jeans, and dark shoes. He entered the bank alone and presented a note to the teller.

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In the wake of community outcry over the Grand Rapids police officer who cuffed 11-year-old Honestie Hodges, Grand Rapids Area Pastors invited the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, and GRPD leaders and advocates to dialog yesterday at Abney Academy Elementary. 

GRPD Chief Rahinsky establishes youth advisory council

Nov 14, 2017
L to R: Chief David Rahinsky, Je'Ana Mason, Danielle Mc Millon, Eugene Brown and Monica Sparks discuss 4Unity event in downtown Grand Rapids.
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In an effort to gain a young adult’s perspective, Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky has launched a new advisory council made up of area youths. The council is called "IMPACT," and will give area high schoolers a chance to voice their opinions and advise Chief Rahinsky on current police issues. 

GRPD launches program for formerly incarcerated women

Sep 25, 2017

To help break the cycle of recidivism, The Grand Rapids Police Department launched the CLEAR Program for Women Tuesday to help keep formerly incarcerated women from going back to prison. An acronym for Coalition, Leadership, Education, Advice, Rehabilitation, the CLEAR Program is a weekly support group that offers emotional and logistical assistance to women who have been recently released from prison. Grand Rapids police officer Ruth Walters facilitates the group. She says many women who serve time behind bars are a byproduct of the environment in which they were raised.

Authorities are asking for the public's help locating a woman believed to be in danger. Jasmin Cheyenne Brickey, 20, was last seen around 11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, in the area of Division Avenue and Withey Street in Grand Rapids, according to the Grand Rapids Police Department. 

Brickey sent several messages to family and friends indicating she may be in danger. However, police say her phone has since been turned off, police said.

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Authorities say a driver hit an elderly couple walking their dog in western Michigan, killing one of them and the dog. The Grand Rapids Police Department says a 75-year-old woman was walking with her 77-year-old husband on Thursday night when the driver failed to negotiate a turn and went off the road. 

Grand Rapids City Commissioners have hired 21st Century Policing to assist the city's Task Force on their review of the Grand Rapids Police Department’s policies and procedures. The task force was initially created after a traffic study found Grand Rapids police officers were twice as likely to pull over black drivers as non-black drivers. Leading the way at 21st Century Policing is Ronald L. Davis, former President Barack Obama’s executive director for the President’s Task Force.

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Officers Dan Adams and Brad Dimar joinus to discuss the newly formed Grand Rapids Police Foundation, supporting innovative community outreach programs.

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In response the a very strong turnout to GRPD Police Chief David Rahinsky’s “Open Office Initiative” more hours are being announced for community engagement.  Police officials say it’s important to keep the doors open and the dialogue moving forward. 

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