GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Leaders in the Grand Rapids Police Department continue to reach out to the public for input.
On Friday, the city's police chief asked for people to help with the department's mission statement, to clarify what the department should be doing in the community.
The series of meetings begin next Tuesday and end on Thursday, January 28, at various sites across the city.
We asked the chief whether the work done to create the mission statement is worth it for taxpayers.
"What I hope is they get more confidence in the fact that this department cares," said Chief David Rahinsky. "It cares about their priorities, and it's not just lip service; we want to make sure there is a line in between what they prioritize and what we prioritize. We don't want there to be a disconnect, it's all about listening, engagement, prioritizing objectives and making sure that we get there."
The first meeting is next Tuesday at Rockford Construction on First Street:
• January 19, 6:00 p.m., Rockford Construction Company, 601 First Street, NW
• January 21, 6:00 p.m., LINC, 1167 Madison Avenue, SE
• January 27, 7:00 p.m., GRPS University, 1400 Fuller Avenue, NE
• January 28, 7:00 p.m., Seymour Christian Church, 840 Alger Street, SE