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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.

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Grand Rapids Chamber alarmed by growing issues going on in the city

July 11, 2022

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce has sent a letter to the city. In it, there's a list of serious and graphic issues.

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Kent County Sheriff's Office using license plate reading cameras to track crime

June 2, 2022

The 25 cameras are spread around Kent County in undisclosed locations and constantly relay information that may help law enforcement solve crimes.

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Kent County courts announce warrant, traffic and parking tickets waiver program

March 18, 2022

The new program will work with individuals to settle debts without further penalty or incarceration.

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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.

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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.”

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Grand Rapids removes 2 parks, Calder Plaza from to-go drinking areas to comply with state law

November 16, 2021

The city has about 90 blocks of social district commons areas, largely in downtown, and more than 60 bars and restaurants authorized to sell the to-go drinks.


Grand Rapids Police Annual Report

July 29, 2021

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

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Kent County law enforcement agencies launch $25M upgrades to dispatch system

June 24, 2021

Public safety agencies have also upgraded web-based Incident Status Monitors to provide easy access for anyone wanting to know where public safety resources are being deployed.

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Kent County Probate Court unveils e-filing program

May 20, 2021

The court introduced TurboCourt, which assists filers with completing and filing court forms online

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