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GRPD is seeking input from 25 high school students

Grand Rapids Police Department station
Lindsey Smith
Michigan Radio
Grand Rapids Police Department station

Grand Rapids police want to hear what high school students have to say. So the department is asking 25 students to join its Youth Advisory Council this fall.

The city’s Chief of Police says it’s important to get the youth perspective on issues. And that’s exactly what the IMPACT group looks to accomplish.

The council will meet once a month at 1 Monroe Center St NW. Students can share their experiences and thoughts about law enforcement in their community.

The department has been doing a lot to change their image within the community.

Alongside asking an outside consulting firm to look at its policies and procedures to ensure against inherent racial bias, it also has asked some community members to have discussions about policing practices on a regular basis.

Students who are interested can find applications on the city’s website. Applications are due October 1st and the first meeting will be October 10th.

Bryce Huffman was Michigan Radio’s West Michigan Reporter and host of Same Same Different. He is currently a reporter for Bridge Detroit.
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