Grand Rapids fingerprint practice declared unconstitutional
July 25, 2022
The practice of fingerprinting people without probable cause or a warrant is unconstitutional, the Michigan Supreme Court said Friday. The court unanimously said Grand Rapids police violated the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure.
Chicago PD commander named next Grand Rapids police chief
February 2, 2022
Chicago Police Commander Eric Winstrom has been named Grand Rapids’ next police chief. He said he’s interested in supporting programs that help people avoid jail or prison, like Grand Rapids’ narcotics diversion program.
Grand Rapids City Commission moves to strengthen civilian appeal board
November 17, 2021
The board reviews “complaints of use of excessive force, falsification and lying, civil rights violations, hostility, discourtesy, racial animosity or prejudice and other conduct unbecoming of an officer.”
In 2020, there were 76,281 calls for service. Of those, only 0.41% (less than one half of one percent) resulted in any type of use of force. Over 99% of calls had no use of force involved. Want to learn more about this and other stats on police operations? Check out the 2020 Annual Report