Community group gives Grand Rapids a 'D' on police relations

Grand Rapids Police gets D rating

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - One Grand Rapids community group says the city's response to improving community police relations, is not good enough. 

Those with LINC UP, a local non-profit group say the community felt the city efforts to improve community relations were insufficient.

These results were from a community meeting held in Grand Rapids, on May 23.  Dozens of people were asked to rank police and community relations, specifically looking at the 12-point plan implemented a few years back. The results showed grades of 'D' or 'C' in most of the areas they ranked.

Those with LINC UP say as much as an effort the city is making to implement this plan, more needs to be done.

"The lack of communication, the lack of detailed communication coming from the city is really hindering the relationships in a way that's covering up the efforts both the community and the police and other city staff are making to try and address these issues," Jeremy DeRoo, Executive Director of LINC UP, said. "There's just been not enough direct contact and direct  information dialog between the groups."

Grand Rapids Police released this statement from Chief David Rahinsky saying: "“While already having made great progress, there are currently five meetings scheduled, one in each area of the city, starting on June 12, that will continue to engage our department with the community we serve...

Not only will the meetings provide an opportunity to share the things we have already done, and the progress that has been made, to deepen the community’s trust, but it will provide an avenue to keep our stakeholders informed of what our future plans hold.”

The first meeting is Monday, June 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the Stocking School (863 7th Street NW).  A full list of the five meeting dates and locations are here. 

Those with LINC UP plan to share the results from the meeting with Mayor Bliss and the City Commission soon.

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