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GRPD announces progress after weekend of community policing efforts

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Posted at 4:43 PM, Oct 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 03:38:36-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids police say they had more than 30 “positive, non-enforcement contacts” during this past weekend’s Operation Safe Neighborhoods efforts.

The campaign addresses increased violence and gun crime around the city while staying in line with the new three-year strategic plan’s goals, according to a news release.

Efforts resulted in:

  • 31 positive, non-enforcement contacts
  • 13 traffic stops
  • 3 field interviews
  • 5 misdemeanor arrests
  • 6 felony arrests
  • 4 illegal firearms

Officers also confiscated “significant amounts” of cocaine, crack, heroin and ecstasy.

“We are again seeing the positive results from a successful implementation of our strategic plan,” GRPD Chief Eric Payne said. “This is how our department will operate moving forward, utilizing intelligence and strategic tactics to address violent criminals while serving the neighborhoods and working with residents. Residents will notice that the positive, non-enforcement contacts outnumber the other activities combined, showing that our approach is to balance enforcement with engagement so our community does not feel over-policed.”

Police continue to investigate some of the activities from the weekend.

Anyone with information may contact GRPD detectives at 616-456-3380 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.