Thursday, October 30, 2008
The Grand Rapids Police Department was established June 10, 1871 when James L. Moran was hired as the City's first Police Chief.
This photo is from the 1890's. By 1927, GRPD employed over 100 Officers!
The first "cruiser" was the "Black Mariah", a horse-drawn paddy wagon used to transport officers and/or suspects.
These appear to be the first GRPD Motorcycles.
This photo was taken in 1926 in front of Police Headquarters which at the time was at Crescent Street and Ottawa Avenue.
1970's to 1980's Cruiser
Here is the "Riot Squad" from 1911 and Field Force Training in the 1980's.
And finally, the first recorded GRPD Recruiting Poster:
Now that you've seen a little of our history, are you interested in becoming part of our future? I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have. You can reply to the post or contact me directly via e-mail.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
We took advantage of Michigan's beautiful fall weather and Autumn colors to update our photos. I'd like to show you a couple so you can see some of the opportunities Grand Rapids Police Department can offer you:
If you like, you can click on the photo to enlarge it - we have representatives of Patrol, Special Response Team, Hostage Negotiators, Bomb Team, K-9 Officers, Bicycle Trained Officers and our Motorcycle Unit. The Officers and Sergeants in these photos have worked Patrol, Vice, Detective Unit, Training Bureau, Traffic Unit and more. There truly are endless opportunities at GRPD; we want you to ENJOY your career!
I'd like to thank our photograper Officer Terry Dixon who risked life and limb to get some of these shots!
I'd also like to especially thank the Firefighters of Grand Rapids Fire Department Ladder Truck 4 who assisted us in getting these amazing shots. We couldn't have done it without them!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
- Use of Cover
- Shooting on the Move
- Cover to Cover Movement
The course is timed with penalties for misses and disqualifications for safety violations.
The course is designed by Firearms Instructors and will be changed year to year. Last year, the honor was awarded to a Team whereas this year, a single Officer will be named as the winner. May the Best Shooter win!!!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Welcome to the GRPD Recruiting Blog! Grand Rapids, Michigan is a beautiful, vibrant city with a population of approximately 200,000. Our Police Department is 323 strong and we hope to add Officers soon. I am Katie Hefner. I have been an Officer at GRPD for almost 10 years and have been assigned to the Training Bureau since 2006. I have been actively involved in Recruiting since 2001 when I Recruited at my first Career Fair - and I've been hooked ever since. Let me tell you a little about what we can offer you:
Health Care - Medical, Dental and Vision
Paid Sick Leave
We have the following Career Opportunities:
Special Response Team
Investigations (Detective) Unit
We offer Secondary Assignments:
Field Training Officer
Training Instructor - Firearms/Defensive Tactics/Ethics/Emergency Vehicle Operations/CPR & First Aid
Check back soon - future comments, posts, pictures and videos will be added! If you have any questions, please respond to the posts and I will be happy to personally respond.