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City of Grand Rapids new Police Chief sworn into office

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City of Grand Rapids
City of Grand Rapids
Eric Winstrom, City of Grand Rapids Chief of Police

Eric Winstrom became the City of Grand Rapids 15h Police Chief.

“Chief Winstrom, do you solemnly swear that you will support the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Michigan, and that you’ll faithfully discharge the duties of the position of Police Chief according to the best of you abilities so help you God?” “I do.” “Congratulations.”

From City Hall Commission Chambers taking the Oath of Office, Eric Winstrom became the City of Grand Rapids 15h Police Chief.

“I can’t overstate what an honor it is to lead the Grand Rapids Police Department.”

A former commander with the Chicago Police Department, Winstrom served more than 20 years with the CPD in various roles including patrol, tactical, investigative, and administrative positions.

As GRPD Police Chief, Winstrom says community lead discussions will forge the department’s future. He’s aware community investment and addressing gender-based violence are needed. He’ll begin evaluating what can be done better including resource allocation, training technology and metrics for success.

“I see a police department full of officers who aren’t afraid to be held accountable because they take pride in being held to high standards. I’m going to hold them to high standards. And I expect them, and the City Manager, to hold me to even higher standards.”

Real offenders will be held accountable while maintaining the city’s trust and wellbeing. Chief Winstrom thanked his wife and two children for their sacrifices over the years, his parents, outgoing Police Chief Eric Payne and members of the Chicago Police Department in attendance. City Manager Mark Washington handed Winstrom his Certificate of Appointment.