GRPD chief: Public wants more community officers

Grand Rapids
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky continues to rally support for his proposal to add more community policing officers to his department.

He took his plan to members of the City Commission’s Public Safety Committee Tuesday.

Rahinsky wants to add 10 community policing officers to the force. Those officers would focus on responding to needs in their assigned areas instead of responding to regular police calls.

“We’ve been sharing with the community and the commission what our staffing levels are, and what we’re consistently hearing from the community, which is they want more opportunities to interact with officers,” Rahinsky said.

Critics argue adding more officers is not the answer to improving relations with the community.

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