GRPD Chief Rahinsky establishes youth advisory council

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L to R: Chief David Rahinsky, Je'Ana Mason, Danielle Mc Millon, Eugene Brown and Monica Sparks discuss 4Unity event in downtown Grand Rapids.

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.


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

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. 

Grand Rapids Police launch internal investigation

Jan 9, 2017
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The Grand Rapids Police Department are investigating whether former Assistant Kent County Prosecutor Joshua Kuiper was intoxicated during a traffic accident on November 19th, last year. 

The owner of a parked car was treated for non-life threatening injuries after his vehicle was struck. Kuiper was cited for wrong way driving. The GRPD’s has conducted an ongoing investigation to determine if Kuiper has been given preferential treatment because of his position.

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Grand Rapids’ largest ever bicycle safety education campaign is dramatically reducing crashes.  That information comes from a new report. The awareness campaign is funded through a federal grant with the city and the Michigan Department of Transportation.   

“We are so excited about the findings from this study so far.”

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A woman says her family kept a Grand Rapids police officer's body camera for evidence of unfair treatment after she and three others were arrested at her mother's 74th birthday party.
Eunique Allen says they "went to jail for nothing." WOOD-TV reports  the family says the situation Saturday night should have ended with a request to turn down music. They say they want charges dropped.