GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Police expect to have a “high visibility” presence in certain city neighborhoods recently struck by violence.
Grand Rapids police leaders announced Wednesday, Sept. 16 that they would increase numbers of officers in certain neighborhoods. The plan is to work with residents on their concerns and try to get more information about people causing violence.
“The goal is to have a high-visibility presence and stop violent activity before it occurs,” Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Payne said in a written statement.
“We will utilize both enforcement and engagement, with our officers continuing positive non-enforcement interactions with community members to share information and build trust,” he said.
Officers in the neighborhoods will focus on getting illegal guns off the streets, violent crime, reckless driving and disorderly groups.
The announcement comes after 11 people were shot in several incidents late Saturday and early Sunday in Grand Rapids. No one was killed.
Of the 11 injuries, seven came after a shootout at the East Paris Hookah Lounge on Stahl Drive SE about 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
Police said many victims and witnesses of last weekend’s violence have not fully cooperated with police and provided needed information. Police want anyone with information about any of the shootings to call detectives at 616-456-3380 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.
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