Boys and Girls, Cops and Clergy: Innovative Partnerships in Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD), the Boys and Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids (BGCGR), and the local clergy have formed a unique partnership. The GRPD’s Community Engagement Unit assigns an officer to each of the club’s three locations. By working in the club’s sites, these officers have developed ongoing relationships with the community’s children and their families. This report features several collaborative programs with the GRPD, The Boys and Girls Clubs and local clergy including Drive for Success (helping students with financial support to participate in driving lessons and drivers education and helps teens pay for their licenses); Pastors, Picnics and Patrol (PPP); CLEAR (Coalition, Leadership, Education, Advice and Rehabilitation); partnership with HOT (Homeless Outreach Team).