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Community Engagement: GRPD Chief Offers More Office Hours

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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. 

The Grand Rapids Police Chief is opening doors to the public once again.  The chief has recently heard from community members regarding a newly released traffic study that noted minorities were twice as likely to be stopped or pulled over than non-black motorists.  He also discussed a March 24th incident  where juveniles were held at gunpoint following a citizen’s report.  The Chief has said the dialogue was of great value and come this Friday, his office door is open for more conversation.

Public Information Officer, Terry Dixon:

“Because it speaks to the overall efforts of our police and community relations and its direction toward improving those relations. By opening the door, the chief has made a direct statement in how far he’s willing to go in just sitting down with members of the community to provide a candid, open discussion on the direction of our relationship with the community and it’s extremely important.”

The “no agenda, no appointment, just collaboration” office hours are this Friday, April 28th from 9am until 3 p.m.