Public Safety

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During her 3rd State of the City Address last week Grand Rapids mayor Rosalynn Bliss turned her attention to public safety. In the aftermath of what she called “critical incidents involving youth” and the profiling minority motorists, the mayor is seeking solutions for improving relations between the Grand Rapids Police Department and the diverse communities it serves.

"We must be a community of trust, safety, fairness, respect and security for all.”

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A federal lawsuit against the city of Wyoming and two city officials alleges wrongful termination and retaliation against so-called 'two-hatter' employment.

The $500,000 suit brought by former Wyoming and Jamestown Township firefighter Thomas Saladino was filed in Grand Rapids federal court last week.

It names the city of Wyoming, City Manager Curtis Holt and Wyoming Public Safety Director James Carmody.

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Discussions about tribal efforts to combat human trafficking as well as an upcoming conference devoted to the topic are planned during a commission meeting in Lansing.

The Michigan Human Trafficking Commission is scheduled to meet Wednesday morning in the office of state Attorney General Bill Schuette.

The meeting is expected to feature representatives of the Firekeepers Casino and Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi.

They will talk about their efforts to curb human trafficking.

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Michigan will create an Amber Alert-like system to quickly warn people of mass shootings, terrorist attacks and other nearby "public threats."

Legislation signed Friday by Gov. Rick Snyder was spurred by the random fatal shootings of six people in the Kalamazoo area in February.

The governor says existing technology will help disseminate emergency information to television and radio stations, cellphones and other wireless devices.

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The City of Grand Rapids is celebrating a recent achievement of The Grand Rapid Fire Department.

It’s one of only a handful of departments to achieve International Accreditation status.

The Commission on Fire Accreditation International made the unanimous decision .

"It’s huge news for the Grand Rapids Fire Department; we’ve been working on this for about 15 months." 

Grand Rapids City Communications Director Steve Guitar says the GRFD's recent achievement is a really big deal.

Firefighters with certain types of cancer might soon be able to charge the state for their medical expenses after the Michigan Senate approved a one-time appropriation.

The Senate unanimously approved $1 million to cover firefighters' expenses on Thursday. But Senate Majority Leader and Republican Arlan Meekhof says he doesn't know whether that is enough to cover the cost of firefighters' current cancer bills. 

Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation in January 2015 meant to cover cancer spurred by carcinogens they absorbed on the job.

Officials decide against $1M grant for officers in schools

Jan 22, 2016

Officials in western Michigan are taking a pass on a $1 million grant that would have put eight police officers in public and faith-based schools.

The Grand Rapids Press reports the decision came after Grand Rapids Public Schools pulled out of the effort.

The Kent Intermediate School District and Grand Rapids Christian Schools had been interested in participating in the program.

The Grand Rapids district, which has a public safety department, was to receive four officers.

We speak with guests from the GVSU College of Community and Public Service.  Today's topic, the GVSU Police Academy with Dr. Williamson Wallace, Director of Criminal Justice Training.