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GRPD to conduct 24th citizen police academy in September

Posted at 4:25 PM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 16:25:06-04

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) is inviting community members to their 24th annual Citizen Police Academy, which starts in September.

The 9-week program will be held Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., beginning September 23, 2020.

The free academy includes presentations, demonstrations and hands-on participation, as those participating will gain more knowledge on the following topics.

  • arrest procedures
  • crime analysis
  • criminal forensics
  • criminal investigations
  • community policing
  • patrol operations
  • search and seizure
  • traffic stops
  • use of force

Participants will also get a first-hand look at the department’s canine program, bomb team, vice unit and special response team, and will have an opportunity to ride with a police officer for one shift.

Applicants must live or work in the city of Grand Rapids, be at least 21 years old, have no felony convictions and have no misdemeanor convictions within the past three years.

Community members can apply for the Citizen Police Academy by clicking HERE.

The application deadline is September 7.

GRPD said they will be following recommended guidelines throughout the program duration to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including the use of face masks and practicing social distancing.

For more information about the Citizen Police Academy, individuals can contact Sergeant Patrick Baker at or (616)456.3308, or Captain Mark Ostapowicz at or (616)456-4485.