Grand Rapids chief to participate in White House briefing

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Chief Dave Rahinsky

Chief Dave Rahinsky, GRPD.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky is expected to brainstorm with other law enforcement leaders and White House senior administration officials on ways to enhance public trust and confidence in the justice system while maintaining public safety.

The police department says the White House 21st Century Policing Briefing is scheduled Thursday in Washington.

Rahinsky intends to suggest a national recruitment initiative that would encourage young men and women of diverse backgrounds to consider careers in law enforcement. The initiative would be funded by the Justice Department.

Rahinsky says “agencies have been trying, with very limited success, to build departments that mirror the communities they serve” and that “a national recruitment program … could be a game changer.”

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    • Lymar Weber

      This BS has been going on for decades. Blacks cops should only deal with blacks. This would end the ‘racism’ card in a hurry. Why don’t black cops request that?? HA….yeah, like THAT would happen.

  • steve thomas

    For God’s sake, if women and minorities would get off their asses and apply to be on the police force, nobody’s going to say they can’t apply. Besides, if someone has to ask or implore someone to get down to city hall and fill out an application, that tells me that the recruit didn’t want the job to begin with and the result will be an inferior police officer.