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					 2008
ANNUAL
REPORT




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                        CITY of WALIZER
                                4243 Rcmcmhran e Road L .W.
                                   Walker, 1IChigan 49544-
                                         616) 453-6311




Dear Citizens of Walker,

It is my pleasure to provide you with the 2008 Annual Report of the Walker Police
Department.

In these days of shrinking funding it is essential that local government focus on
essential core responsibilities. As a City Commission, we believe that the police
function is one of the most vital responsibilities the City owes its residents. To that end,
we are doing everything in our power to provide adequate funding to support the
training, personnel, and programs of our police department. We realize that no
community can flourish without the active involvement of a well trained and equipped
police department.

We take great pride in the role the police department plays in Walker. The men and
women of our police department are actively involved in our schools, churches,
neighborhoods, and business community. They have earned our support and gratitude.
You will find a great deal of useful information in this report regarding the operations of
the Walker Police Department. We hope that it will give you a renewed appreciation of
the role that the department plays in our community.




Sincerely,




Rob VerHeulen
Mayor




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                                                               CITY OF WALKER
                                                                        POLICE DEPARTMENT




Message from the Chief…

The following information details the operations and accomplishments of the Walker Police
Department for the year 2008.

The men and women of the Walker Police Department strive to be professional and attentive to
detail whenever they are addressing the concerns or needs of our wonderful community.
While the very nature of our services does not always afford us the ability to satisfy everyone in
every situation, however we do try very hard to be fair and courteous under every
circumstance.

Our officers responded to 9,815 calls for service and 8,636 reported offenses in 2008. These
calls resulted in 1,580 arrests and 900 traffic crashes. In addition, 3,569 traffic citations and 135
parking citations were issued by our personnel. This work represents the reason our
employees continue to try to retain the highest level of integrity and dedication to the
community we serve.

Finally, we are committed to working hard to maintain your confidence and overwhelming
support.


                                                      Sincerely,


                                                      Catherine M. Garcia-Lindstrom
                                                      Chief of Police
                                                      Walker Police Department




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POLICE DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATION




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                                     PATROL DIVISION

The Walker Police Patrol Division provides the City with road patrol and emergency
communications coverage 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Road officers respond to a variety of calls from the public. During 2008 officers responded to a
total of 9,815 calls for service. Walker is unique in that not only do our officers handle law
enforcement related calls, but they also serve as the medical first responders (MFR) for the City.
All road personnel are trained so that they can provide prompt and professional medical
response. Medical assists are one of the department’s most common calls for service. In 2008
officers were dispatched to 952 medical calls.

Walker has several patrol officers who utilize the Department’s motorcycle for patrol purposes.
These motor officers were utilized during the City’s special events such as the Memorial Day
Parade and the City Festival. In addition to the special events, motor officers worked the
neighborhoods, retail areas, and they completed general traffic enforcement. In addition to the
motorcycle, patrol officers used the Department’s bicycles more this year than in years past. In
Walker, bicycles are used to augment a normal patrol officer’s ability to check buildings, retail
areas, and apartment complexes in a more covert mode.



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Patrol officers were able to take a more active role in addressing speeding complaints during
2008 because of the Department’s acquisition of improved software for the “speed board”.
Correcting speed related issues often involves a three part approach; roadway engineering, driver
education, and law enforcement. Traditionally officers concentrated solely on enforcement to
curb speeding vehicles. With the new software in the department’s speed board, officers were
able to record the times, dates, and locations where enforcement efforts would be most effective.
At the same time the speed board was more strategically placed based on the same data to better
educate drivers of their speed. All of this data was shared with the City’s Engineering
Department so they too could better analyze roadway safety.



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Personnel changes to the Patrol Division in 2008 included the retirement of Lieutenant Dan
Craymer and the hiring of Officer Joel Bartels.




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Deputy Chief Dyke returned in April 2008 from a year’s activation in military service overseas
with the Navy.

Lost time due to workers compensation related injuries increased in 2008.


                                     COMMUNICATIONS

Call taking and the dispatching of emergency and non-emergency calls for service are handled
24/7 by six emergency communications officers (ECO’s, aka Dispatchers). All calls from the
public, whether they are for Walker and Lowell Police, Walker Fire, or EMS are handled through
and by the Walker dispatchers. Dispatchers are also responsible for LEIN (Law Enforcement
Information Network) entries.




In 2008 the communications center dispatched 9815 calls for service for Walker Police, 4088
calls for service for Lowell, and 575 calls for service for Walker Fire (up by 57 from previous
year).

Dispatcher training this year included; Hostage Negotiations as it relates to dispatching the initial
call, and certification of two Communications Training Officers. Walker dispatchers have also
been actively involved in assisting the Kent County Dispatch Authority Board in developing
specifications for the new central computer aided dispatch system that will eventually be used by
all Kent County dispatch centers.

                                         TRAFFIC UNIT

The Traffic Unit is comprised of three officers whose unit responsibilities as reconstruction
specialists are to investigate all serious or fatal crashes in the City of Walker. All the officers
that are assigned to this duty have received over 500 hours of extensive training in crash
reconstruction from Michigan State University. This level of specialized knowledge plays a
critical role in the serious or fatal crashes which occur. Each of this type of investigation takes
approximately 40 hours of investigation per crash! Because of officer training and equipment,
the traffic unit is also used to document major crime scenes that occur.


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There were 11 call-outs this year for the traffic unit. Two of the call outs were to document
crime scenes so a scaled drawing could be produced. There were 9 call outs for serious or fatal
crashes and 4 fatalities in the City of Walker in 2008.




                               Crash on Walker Ave NW




                                   Alpine Ave and Center Dr

In 2008 Walker Police investigated 851 property damage crashes. There were 218 injury crashes
and 3 fatal crashes that claimed the lives of four people.

                        SPECIAL EVENTS AND ENFORCEMENTS

The Department participated in several OHSP (Office of Highway Safety and Planning) grant
funded traffic enforcement events. Officers also took an active role in the Walker Memorial Day
Parade, Strider Run, Hope Protestant Church Run, Grand Rapids Marathon Run, and the
Riverbank Run.


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OHSP grant funded events included:
  • OWI Enforcement
         o December of 2007 thru 1-05-08
         o May 29, 2008 thru June 7, 2008
  •  Red light enforcement
  • City of Wyoming Metro Cruise
In all, over $7,200 was reimbursed to the City for officers’ time at these enforcement events
which were done utilizing grant funded overtime.

The Department also participated in 2 traffic safety media events which included Wyoming
Police, Kentwood Police, Grand Rapids Police, Michigan State Police, and the Kent County
Sheriff Department. The second was in conjunction with the West Michigan Traffic Safety
Committee (that includes Kent, Ottawa, and Allegan counties). The effort was to improve truck
safety in the region. That media event was held at the Delta Plex and was highly praised by
OHSP.




                                SPECIAL RESPONSE TEAM

This year the SRT team had the following training.

                                            Training
   •   January 2008
          o Six-hour training block that consisted of classroom training. The training
              conducted included chemical agents, flash bangs, less lethal guns, breaching and
              policy and procedure. Self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and chemical
              breathing equipment training was also conducted.
   •   March 2008
          o Six-hour day at Walker’s Range. This included firearms qualifications with all
              SRT weapons. The Physical Readiness Test (PRT) was also completed.
   •   April 2008
          o April was woodland training. This class consisted of two hours classroom and
              five hours in the woods. The team searched the woods and creek bed for a
              suspect. This training was excellent and will be helpful if the team is ever needed
              to do grid searches or woodland searches.

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•   June 2008
        o Mock critical incident. The call was for a domestic assault suspect that had
           injured his wife and son. The suspect had barricaded himself inside a barn and
           began to fire at officers. The entire area was secured and after about four hours of
           negotiations with the suspect he surrendered.
•   July 2008
        o In July instructors trained the team on the use and deployment of distraction
           devices and less lethal rounds. All members took a written test and deployed both
           devices. Firearms training also took place this month. Training was done on the
           Gluck pistol, M-4’s, 11-87 shotgun, patrol rifle, less lethal shotgun and the 40mm
           gas gun.
•   August 2008
        o Completed rapid response training at a school (Zinser). This training was for an
           active shooter in a school. The team conducted slow searches for a hiding suspect
           within the school. The team also practiced with the new Homeland Security
           Grant funded self contained breathing apparatus (SBCA).
•   September 2008
        o The second mock critical incident of the year took place in September. This was
           for a barricaded gunman. The building was surrounded and the Crisis
           Negotiations Team (CNT) began to talk with the suspect until he surrendered.
           The team practiced with the new Kent County throw phone.
•   October 2008
        o All SRT officers qualified with all assigned weapons. The semiannual PRT test
           was also completed.

                                      Callouts 2008
•   March 2008
       o The team assisted KNET with a drug search warrant for marijuana. Marijuana
          seized.
•   August 2008
       o The team assisted KNET with a drug search warrant. Marijuana seized and three
          taken into custody.
•   October 2008
       o The team assisted KNET with a drug search warrant. Marijuana and cocaine were
          seized and one was taken into custody.




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This is a summary of activities of the Walker SRT team for 2008. All members of this team are
dedicated and proud to serve the City as a special response team member.

                                     SUPPORT SERVICES

DETECTIVE BUREAU

                          2008 INVESTIGATIONS (CUMULATIVE):

Cases Assigned                         1,858             Arrests Adult                  183
Cases closed by investigation            812             Arrests Juvenile                16
Previous assignments also closed         184


                                         Case Highlights

The sex offender registry (SOR) continued to be monitored by detectives. This included
obtaining warrants during the verification periods and other registry offenses. For 2008, ten
warrants were obtained for various offenses related to SOR requirements. Sex offender registry
compliance is currently around ninety percent.

A bank robbery occurred at a Credit Union on Four Mile Rd. N.W. The suspect and an
accomplice were arrested in Tennessee by the FBI. Both were responsible for other bank
robberies in the Grand Rapids area.

One detective was assigned to a multi-jurisdictional team that investigated scrap metal thefts.
The team consisted of officers from the Grand Rapids, Wyoming, Grandville, and Walker Police
Departments. The team obtained over thirty warrants for individuals who were stealing and
selling scrap. Because of the operations success, the number of scrap related larcenies has
dropped substantially!

One of our detectives received basic fire investigation training in Tustin, MI. This was a two
week 160 hour class that taught fire science, fire cause and origin, and investigating structure and
vehicle fires. With a trained law enforcement officer, Walker will now have a partnership
between the police and fire department to assist in fire related investigations.

A purse snatching occurred in the parking lot of a store. The victim chased her attacker to an
adjacent parking lot. The suspect got into a vehicle but the victim was able to obtain the license
plate number and an accurate description of the driver and passenger. Two interviews were
conducted with the suspect but he refused to confess. After being interviewed, the suspect
threatened three individuals who had spoke to detectives about the case. Threats made by the
suspect to shoot them were caught on a recorded phone call. The recording was made by the
suspect’s brother without police direction. The suspect, who had been on probation, had his
probation revoked and has been subsequently charged with the purse snatching.

Detectives were called to investigate a dead body. Upon detectives’ arrival, patrol officers had a
possible suspect in custody. The suspect was subsequently interrogated, confessing to having a

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physical altercation with the victim. The suspect was lodged on open murder charges. Later that
same day an autopsy was performed by the Medical Examiner’s Office and the cause of death
was not ruled a homicide. The death was ruled a natural death. The case has been officially
closed as a natural death investigation. The suspect was released and not charged.

Surveillance was set up at a retail store looking for a male suspect who had had been seen in
Grandville, Wyoming, Grand Rapids, and Walker stealing DVD’s and video equipment. The
suspect was located by officers. However, while taking the suspect into custody, two officers
were injured. During a subsequent interrogation, he admitted to having a heroin addiction and
that he was selling the DVD’s to a resale business. The suspect was charged with felony retail
fraud as well as two counts of assault on police officers. He has since pled guilty to the charges.

Road patrol responded to a residence and found a crime scene involving several victims with
stab wounds. The lone suspect fled the scene prior to police arrival. Two victims were treated at
the hospital for minor lacerations. The third was immediately taken to surgery with life
threatening injuries. That same morning, patrol officers located the suspect at his mother’s
residence. The Kent County Prosecutor’s office issued a three count felony warrant on the
suspect for two counts of felonious assault and one count of assault with intent to commit great
bodily harm.

A resident of an apartment complex was assaulted in the parking lot by two suspects who stole
his wallet. Investigation developed the identity of two suspects who were determined to be
involved in a crime spree at the apartment complex. Additional investigation linked the two
suspects to several home invasions as well as this robbery. The suspects were subsequently
arrested and confessed to Detectives.

A forgery/fraud investigation at a local business was completed with felony forgery charges filed
against the suspect. This case involved an employee of the business forging signatures on
contracts then submitting them to the owner. As a result the business sustained a loss of
approximately $10,000.

After several months of investigation an embezzlement case was closed. This case involved a
small business in Walker in which the manager embezzled several thousand dollars. As part of
the investigation more than two hundred pages of financial documents were analyzed. An
interview of the suspect was conducted during which she confessed to the embezzlement.

A CSC investigation involving a retired teacher, who resided in the City of Walker, revealed that
this individual had been sexually molesting juvenile males, many of which were friends of his
own children, for the past 25 years. As a result of an interview with a past victim, the suspect’s
method of operation was learned. From that point other victims were interviewed. The suspect
has been now been charged in Kent and Wayne Counties.

A suspicious death where a body was discovered lying on the ground in an isolated area was
investigated. The body was clothed with only a shirt and socks and it was covered with
numerous superficial injuries. The temperature outside was cold. Investigation revealed that the
victim exited his home after taking illegal drugs and was unable to get back in. It is estimated


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that he was exposed to the elements for at least 6 hours. Cause of death was hypothermia with
drug induced delirium.

                                             VICE

The Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (KANET) had a productive year in 2008. The team
averaged two search warrants per week, and it was able to seize numerous drugs and drug related
assets throughout the year. The following statistics detail the vice activity in 2008:

Search Warrants:            60            Consent Searches:     78
Buy Busts:                  11            Traffic Stops:        23
Call Outs:                  46            VCSA buys:            72
Canine Searches:            49            MLCC:                 57
Arrests:                    234           Trash Pulls:          8
MJ Plants:                  735           MJ grams:             120,244
Crack:                      87.8g         Cocaine:              2,452g
Meth:                       34.1g         Ecstasy:              398 units
Mushrooms:                  7.5g          Vicodin:              39 units

Total value of assets seized:       $424,986.87




                                       HONOR GUARD
Honor Guard Members:

Sergeant Rob Shoemaker              Officer Keith Mankel             Officer Tiffany Mackellar
Sergeant Bert Elliott               Officer Jason Frank              Officer Brandyn Heugel
Detective Scott Johnson             Officer Sammy Powell             Officer Don Munn

The unit has continued to gain notoriety and exposure within Walker and area law enforcement
communities. The Honor Guard Unit is now working in concert with several other Grand Rapids
area departments for the purpose of training events and large-scale needs.

Numerous times in the past year colors were posted for several churches and charity events.
Members also represented the department at three funerals for officers killed in the line of duty
as well as at several other funerals for police officers. In May two members represented the
Department at the Grand Rapids Police Memorial service and the Memorial Day Parade. In June


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two personnel participated in a multi-jurisdictional rifle team which fired the twenty-one gun
salute to fallen MSP Trooper Kevin Marshal at a memorial for him.




With the formation of the Metro Area Honor Guard we are expecting to be called to service more
often in the future. All members look forward to continually serving the Department and
community.

                                   TECHNICAL SUPPORT

During calendar year 2008, Technical Support participated in the following major tasks or
projects:

   •   Digital Video Recording replaced the VHS tape system previously used for interrogation
       room monitoring. A number of changes were required to implement this system. Cameras
       were upgraded. Audio systems were improved.
   •   Six mobile data terminals (MDT’s) were replaced in police units due to age and wear.
   •   A number of updates were installed to standard operating files, maps and backup systems
       used by dispatchers in the CAD system.
   •   Assistance was provided by Julie Blok in the replacement of data network hardware and
       software for the City of Walker.
   •   Security changes and software upgrades were made several times throughout 2008 to the
       Talon and LEIN system. At least three complete reloads of software were required to
       implement these mandated changes as well as numerous incremental fixes to keep the
       security levels intact.


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   •   Mapping, manuals, worksheets and several small helper files were added to 14 police and
       fire mobile computers to assist officers in operational issues.
   •   Many meetings were attended regarding the expected conversion to Kent County Central
       Dispatch Authority programs which are under development and will impact Walker
       public safety systems. Additional meetings were attended with neighboring departments
       regarding regional concerns such as central records and other shared systems.
   •   Repairs were made to numerous radios, computers, cameras, monitors, network items,
       console equipment, telephone, alarms and security hardware to keep all systems
       functional. Incidental improvements were also made to many systems when cost
       effective.

The above effort required over 260 hours of labor throughout the year by our technical support
personnel.

                                   COMMUNITY LIAISON

The mission of the community liaison officer is to coordinate police department interaction and
involvement with the community. Community is a broad term, which encompasses businesses,
churches, neighborhoods, city staff, schools, organizations and visitors. For simplicity sake the
past year’s events will be broken down into two major categories – community events and school
events.

                                    COMMUNITY EVENTS

The community liaison officer (CLO) is responsible for coordination of the volunteer program as
well as the high school internship program. Both programs pose significant challenges with
scheduling, organization, training and supervision. For details, see the attached annual report on
each.

Each year the CLO organizes a snowmobile safety class. This year’s class was held on
November 22. Snowmobile safety class is for kids ages 12 to 16. Upon completing the class and
passing the test, the child is then able to ride a snowmobile by themselves. Our instructors for
the class were Chief Garcia-Lindstrom, Deputy Chief Dyke, Officer Frank and CLO Redzinski.
This year’s class graduated all 39 students that signed up.




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The very first Walker Citizens Police Academy took place in 2008. During October and
November for six Wednesday’s, 19 students attended the academy. Curriculum for the academy
consisted of Walker Police policies, procedures, operations, first aid, and general police
knowledge. The purpose of the academy was to better prepare our students/citizens for
emergencies. The academy was a huge success!




National Night Out was a success again this year. Fifteen neighborhoods participated with over
1,000 people involved. Some of the activities included potlucks/cookouts, kids games, bike
rodeos, and neighborhood walks. Remember, National Night Out is always the first Tuesday in
August.




This year’s food drive exceeded all expectations. Collection barrels were placed at local
businesses and schools. The chaplains, volunteers and student interns, all assisted with the food
collection. Additionally, seven classrooms from four area schools all volunteered their time as
part of their class project. Three months worth of work culminated in December with two-dozen
adults and 60 kids delivering food to 99 families and four local food pantries.



In 2008 significant progress in our Neighborhood Watch and Child Watch programs took place.
The contact lists for both programs were updated and active recruitment for both groups
continued. The re-establishment of school potlucks also happened with the first dinner occurring
at Cummings School in February.

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Additional services provided to citizens by the Community Liaison Officer this year were,
abandoned vehicle removal, salvage vehicle inspections, and car seat checks.
In 2008 nearly 1200 abandoned vehicles were dealt with in some fashion. While the Building
Department addresses some of the complaints of abandoned vehicles, Michigan law requires
local law enforcement give oversight to the disposal process. Many of these vehicles ultimately
went to public auction. The CLO, a State certified vehicle title inspector, completed five salvage
vehicle inspections.

Safety inspections on child passenger safety seats numbered approximately 100 this year. To
legally inspect and install a child car seat an individual must be a certified inspector. Officer
Martiny and Officer Frank became certified technicians last year and since becoming certified
they have assisted the CLO tremendously. Inspections are done by appointment at the police
department or done at area inspection sites, set up periodically throughout the year. Teaching the
installation of a seat can take one to one and a half hours to complete. This is an important
function of the police department and is done at no charge.

Another function of a Community Liaison Officer is to conduct tours of our facility. Tours are
very important because the public has a chance to educate themselves on police work,
equipment, and personnel. Most people formulate their opinions about police from news reports
and cop shows. If a tour is conducted properly, citizens can have fun while gaining valuable
information at the same time. During 2008 the CLO conducted two-dozen tours.

Some other community events worth mentioning from last year are: Bike Rodeos, Golf with the
Kids, Safety Days at Toys-R-Us, Home Depot, and Target, Drug and Alcohol Presentations, and
Neighborhood Watch potlucks/meetings.

                                        SCHOOL EVENTS

The Community Liaison Officer worked closely with the schools on bus and transportation
issues, from traffic enforcement on bus violations to students violating rules and laws at bus
stops. When there was a need, the CLO visited and monitored bus stops and when requested
rode the bus to speak to the kids. It is important that children feel safe at the bus stops and on
their bus. Over the year several students have lost bus privileges and even have been expelled
for violations.


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Truancy was not a huge problem this year. There continued to be a couple of students who
found it hard to attend school. Working with the schools, parents, and authorities the CLO has
made an effort to educate every child. Several children have been tracked down and received a
ride to school in a police vehicle.

Kenowa Hills Middle School once again offered their eighth graders the opportunity to
participate in a day long job shadow. Eight students contacted the Department and expressed an
interest in job shadowing with the police department. On four different days the eighth graders
were invited into the department. Several aspects of a police officers’ job, (schools, court, patrol,
and dispatch) were explained to and witnessed by the students. Upon completion of the day the
students compiled a report to present to their teacher. Eleven 8th graders were given the job
shadow opportunity this year.

The Metro High School Police Academy was very successful in 2008. Forty three students
attended the weeklong academy in June. The students put in approximately 45 hours,
volunteering their time to learn about police work. When the week was complete, all 43 students
graduated. The seven participating police agencies put together a fund raising golf outing in
May. The proceeds from the event paid for the expenses incurred from running the academy.
Because of the success of the golf outing, the police academy is now self-sufficient.

A comprehensive Stranger-Danger program for kids K thru 6 was provided to area elementary
schools. During the spring, approximately 500 students sat through the Stranger-Danger
program. Other classroom presentations topics included drugs, alcohol, bullying, larcenies, bike
safety, internet safety, and general safety. Additional school events included, school carnivals,
March reading month, P.T.O. meetings, school board functions, V.I.P. days, holiday events, field
trips, fundraisers, athletic events, assemblies, and recesses.


                                   VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

2008 was the eighth year for the volunteer program. There are currently 14 volunteers. One
person resigned from the volunteer program this year and one new person joined.




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The patrol function (of the volunteers) remains the busiest. A schedule is posted a month in
advance with members filling in the days they can volunteer. The Volunteer Patrol function has
also spread to evenings and weekends.

Other activities the volunteers are active in include:

       •       The Yearly Food Drive
       •       Senior Citizen Support
       •       Property Checks
       •       Child Watch
       •       Special Events
       •       School Events/Classroom Visits
       •       Neighborhood Watch
       •       CPAM – Crime Prevention Association of Michigan
       •       Assisting Other City Departments
       •       Patrol
       •       Clerical Assistance
       •       City Commission Documents

Volunteers logged well over three thousand hours in 2008.




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                               HIGH SCHOOL INTERNSHIP

Andrew Gerig finished his internship with the Department in the Spring. Andrew was a hard
working intern who was named the top recruit at the Metro High School Police Academy.
Andrew is currently enrolled in the Criminal Justice program at Bethany Christian University in
Indiana. Current interns, Sara Zimkowski and Jose Duke, were selected over the summer
through an interview process. Sara is a senior at Kenowa Hills and Jose is a senior at Lowell.




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                                     POLICE CHAPLAINS

The Walker Police Chaplains Corp continues to be an extremely valuable resource of dedicated
spiritual professionals, for both our staff and the citizens served. Although these mentors serve
on a voluntary basis (in addition to their primary employment), they provide an invaluable
service for all in need. 2008 reported cumulative activity for the four members of our Chaplain
Corp, is as follows:

   •   Department Meetings                   32
   •   Community Meetings                    14
   •   In service training                    1
   •   Facility Visits                       55
   •   Patrol Ride-alongs                     2
   •   Personnel Contacts                    14
   •   On-scene assists                       1
   •   Assist other agencies                  6
   •   Death Notifications                    1
   •   Ministry (funerals, deaths)            2


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    Rev. Ron Baker (Senior Chaplain)                            Pastor Tom Bradley
   Westview Christian Reformed Church                       Westwood Community Church




             Father Bill Zink                                     Rev. Steve Simon
   St. Mary’s Catholic Church (Marne)                         Standale Reformed Church


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AWARDS




  Sworn Employee of the Year            Non-Sworn Employee of the Year
       Sgt Jason Howe                    Office Manager Barb Haynes




               MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) award
                         Officer Joel Bartels




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                                   FORENSIC SERVICES

The Walker Police Forensic Unit is responsible for crime scene processing, evidence collection
and preservation. Walker Forensic Unit is also responsible for in house lab processing of
evidence that the officers confiscates from various scenes.

Walker PD’s in-house lab processed in excess of 150 case specific pieces of evidence ranging
from shoe print, latent lift, DNA retrieval and drug evidence. The unit also had several AFIS hits
(fingerprints) throughout the year along with a CODIS hit (blood evidence).




The Forensic Unit has enjoyed the company of a few Kenowa Middle/High School students that
job shadowed Forensics early spring and late fall. The students were amazed with the work and
were allowed hands on experience.

                                     PROPERTY ROOM

The property room manager is responsible for checking in and out evidence, tracking chain of
custody along with case lookup and disposal/return of evidence. During 2008 over 1000 pieces
of evidence were bar-coded and placed into the property room.

In 2008 over 40 unclaimed bikes were removed from the property room and donated to
Goodwill. There were also numerous cases followed up which allowed for property to be
returned to the proper owner.

                                          TRAINING

Training is a priority for the department and the members. Many training opportunities are a
result of our participation in the West Michigan Training Consortium. The consortium has
provided top-notch trainings that under normal circumstances many departments would not have
the resources to provide to their personnel. The main training focus continued to revolve around
those trainings considered mandatory or “core trainings”, those necessary to maintain the skills
proficiency needed to provide the exemplary services the community has come to enjoy. The
various topics of training include:



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Accident Investigator (tech)                        Gang investigations
Advanced Accident Investigation                     Hostage Negotiations for dispatchers
Advanced DT instructor (knife assaults)             Interview/Interrogation (REID)
Arson investigations                                Leadership Institute
Basic SWAT                                          Liquor Law investigations
Court Security                                      Major Case investigations
CPR Update                                          Medical First Responder
Crisis Negotiators                                  Mental Health Investigations
CSC investigation                                   Metro Honor Guard
Datamaster certification                            Michigan Child Watch
Defensive tactic instructor re-certification (DT)   Mock Critical incident (SRT/CNT)
Dispatcher training officer                         Motor Carrier enforcement
Explosives recognition                              MPEDS (FBI)
Firearms (handgun, less lethal, taser)              Patrol Motorcycle/ motorcade details
Firearms (low light)                                Patrol Motorcycle/ Operators
Firearms investigations                             Precision Driving
Forensic computer investigations                    Taser Instructor certification
U.S. Attorney General update seminar




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                                  RECORDS BUREAU




                     Monica, Julie, Beth, Kim, Barb & Chief Garcia-Lindstrom



The Records Bureau issued 208 gun purchase permits in 2008, compared to 184 in 2007. We
also registered 302 guns, which included those with CCW permits, compared to 229 in 2007.

A total of $5,772.00 was taken in by the Records Bureau for copy fees for police reports,
accident reports, FOIA requests, notary fees, etc. This does not include fingerprint fees
which are received by us and in turn forwarded to the State of Michigan. In 2008, we
processed fingerprints for employees of the Kenowa Hills School district.

There were 260 Freedom of Information requests processed in 2008 for various incident
reports, accidents, and other Police Department records.



                                                Over the past several years, many hours have
                                                been spent reviewing decades of police
                                                reports and purging obsolete records. In
                                                2008 we were finally able to consolidate
                                                Police Department records, mandated for
                                                retention by the State, into one secured
                                                centralized storage area. Although we will
                                                need additional storage again in the very near
                                                future, this has been a huge accomplishment
                                                and will serve our immediate needs to easily
                                                retrieve public records when necessary.




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                 RECORDS AND STATISTICAL DATA



CALLS FOR SERVICE




                          Assist Other
                            Agency
                                         Burglary
                                                    Medical

     All Other
                                                        Disorderly


                                                              Larceny

                                                         Retail Fraud


                                                        Traffic Accidents
          Assaults


           False Alarms                        Vandalism
                                     OWI
                             Civil          Traffic-Patrol-
                                           Crime Prevention




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INCIDENT REPORTS
5 YEAR COMPARISON




PART I
INDEX CRIMES                    2008   2007   2006   2005        2004
MURDER                             0      1      0      0           0
RAPE                              23     28     30     40          28
ROBBERY                            7     10     12     25          20
ASSAULT AGGRAVATED                18     13     18     13          22
ASSAULT DOMESTIC AGGRAVATED        6      4      5      5           3
KIDNAPPING/ABDUCTION               1      1      3      2           0
INTIMIDATION/STALKING             84     85     82     95          88
BURGLARY                         103    128    136    132         137
LARCENY                          507    544    555    531         470
MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT               40     45     43     42          38
ARSON                              2      1      3      3           5
INDEX CRIMES TOTALS              791    860    887    888         811


PART II
NON-INDEX CRIMES                2008   2007   2006   2005        2004
FORGERY / COUNTERFEIT             25     14     47     33          20
EMBEZZLEMENT                      25     14     28     40          33
FRAUD                             92     87    142    134          98
RETAIL FRAUD                     316    348    344    324         343
WEAPONS OFFENSES                   5     16      7      9          10
FAMILY AND CHILDREN               49     59     78     71          57
NARCOTIC LAW VIOLATIONS           55     58     97     78          77
LIQUOR LAW VIOLATIONS             47     52     65     37          42
DISORDERLY CONDUCT               418    399    420    434         424
GAMBLING                           0      0      0      0           0

ASSAULT NON AGGRAVATED            71     66     73     89          75
ASSAULT DOMESTIC NON AGGRAVATED   66     60     66     58          60
OUIL                             118    122    230    187         182
MANSLAUGHTER                       0      0      0      0           0
STOLEN PROPERTY                    4      2      3      2           2
TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS               455    478    783    686         652
VANDALISM                        164    179    233    268         234
ALL OTHER                       5013   5251   4705   4726        4503

TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS                790    860    904    984        1105
ACCIDENT-PRIVATE PROPERTY        166    162    103    136         128
NON-INDEX CRIMES TOTALS         7879   8226   8328   8296        8045

GRAND TOTALS                    8670   9086   9215   9184        8856




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INCIDENT REPORTS
BY DISTRICT




Offense
Code      Offense Description                Total   Dist 1   Dist 2   Dist 3        Other *
0800      Parking Violations                    1         0        1        0
0850      Snow Removal Violation                8         1        3        4
1000-1    Kidnapping/Abduction                  1         0        1        0
1100      Sex Assault                          28         3      12       13
1100-7    Sex Contact Forcible                 13         1        7        5
1204      Robbery-Street, Gun                   1         0        0        1
1209      Robbery-Residence Strong Arm          2         1        1        0
1211      Robbery-Banking Facility              1         0        0        1
1298      Attempt Armed Robbery                 1         0        1        0
1299      Robbery (All Others)                  2         0        0        2
1300-1    Non-Aggravated Assault               71         3      31       37
1300-1A   Domestic Assault Non-Aggr            66       12       21       33
1300-2    Aggravated Assault                   18         2        6      10
1300-2A   Domestic Assault-Aggr/Felonious       6         2        1        3
1300-3    Intimidation/Stalking                84       16       39       28              1
2000      Arson                                 2         0        1        1
2200-1    Burglary-Forced Entry                64       10       20       34
2200-2    Burglary-Entry w/o Force             35         9      12       14
2200-3    Unlawful Entry (No Int.)              4         0        0        4
2300-2    Larceny-Purse Snatching               3         0        0        3
2300-3    Larceny-Theft from Building          56         9      19       28
2300-4    Larceny-Theft from Coin Op            2         1        0        1
2300-5    Larceny-Theft from Vehicle          161       22       63       76
2300-6    Larceny-Motor Vehicle Parts          48         2        7      39
2300-7    Larceny-Other                       105       16       38       51
2300-8    Larceny-From Mail                     1         1        0        0
2300-9    Larceny-of Gasoline                  77         6      18       53
2300-10   Larceny of Scrap Metal               54       11       11       32
2400-1    Motor Vehicle Theft                  29         3        8      18
2400-2    Motor Vehicle as Stolen Property     10         0        3        7
2400-4    Motor Vehicle Unauthorized Use        1         0        0        1
2500      Forgery-Counterfeiting               25         0        4      21
2600-1    Fraud-False Pretense                 20         1        6      13
2600-2    Fraud-Credit Card/ATM                34         1      11       22
2600-3    Fraud-Impersonation                   9         2        1        6
2600-6    Fraud-Bad Checks                     29         0      13       16
2700      Embezzlement                         25         7        4      14
2800      Stolen Property                       4         0        1        3
2900      Damage to Property                  164       27       56       81




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2008 Incidents
Reported by District
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Offense
Code         Offense Description                       Total   Dist 1   Dist 2   Dist 3        Other *
3000-2       Retail Fraud Theft                         315         1      72      242
3000-3       Retail Fraud-Refund/Exchange                 1         0        0        1
3500-1       Violation of Controlled Substance           49         4      14       31
3500-2       Narcotic Equipment Violations                6         1        3        2
3600-4       Sex Offense-Other                            5         0        2        3
3800-1       Family Abuse/Neglect Nonviolent             22         5        7      10
4100-1       Liquor Violations – Lic Establishment        1         0        0        1
4100-2       Liquor Violations-Other                      7         2        4        1
4100-3       Minor in Possession                         39         5      20       13                1
4200-0       Drunkenness (Except OUIL)                    9         1        5        3
4800         Obstructing Police                          31         4        6      21
5000         Obstructing Justice / Warrants             471      339       45       83                4
5000-1       Failure to Appear                            4         3        0        0               1
5000-10      SOR Failure to Verify                        5         3        0        2
5000-12      SOR Failure to Change Address                4         2        0        2
5000-13      SOR Failure to Pay Registration Fee          1         0        1        0
5000-2       PPO Violation                                7         0        2        5
5000-3       Cond Bond Release Violation                  4         1        2        1
5200-1       Concealed Weapons                            1         0        0        1
5200-2       Explosives                                   2         0        0        2
5200-3       Weapons Offense-Other                        2         1        1        0
5300-1       Disorderly Conduct                         244       22       84      138
5300-3       Noise Disturbance                          129       13       54       62
5400-1A      Accident-Hit & Run Traffic                  73       14       27       32
5400-1B      Accident-Hit & Run Private Property         68         4      20       44
5400-2       Traffic-OUIL or OUID                       118         9      39       70
5400-3       Traffic-Traffic Violations                 377       42      100      235
5400-4       Traffic-Parking Violations                   2         0        1        1
5500         Health & Safety Violation                    1         0        1        0
5500-1       Dog Law Violation                           28         3      13       12
5700-1       Trespassing                                 24         3      13         8
5700-2       Invasion of Privacy-Other                    1         0        1        0
6200         Conservation                                 1         0        0        0           1
6200-1       Littering                                   12         5        4        3
6300         Vagrancy                                     1         0        0        1
6300-1       Curfew Violations                            1         0        1        0
7000-1       Runaways                                    20         3        9        8
7300         Misc Criminal Offense                       15         0        9        6
9000-1       Barking Dog Complaints                      48         9      22       17
9000-3       Annoying Phone Calls                        31         3      12       16
9100-1       Delinquent Minors                            2         0        1        1
9200-4       Mental Illness                              31         5      14       12
9200-6       Civil Infraction-Soliciting w/o License     12         1        7        4
9300-2       Accident Private Property                   98       13       39       46
9300-3       Traffic Violations-Civil                     5         1        2        2
9300-4       Parking/Abandoned Vehicles                 600       40       70      490
9400-1       Valid Alarm Activation                       4         1        0        3
9400-2       False Alarm Activation                     796      159      147      490

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2008 Incidents
Reported by District
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Offense
                                                                                                     *
Code         Offense Description                   Total        Dist 1   Dist 2   Dist 3    Other
9500-5       Illegal Burn                             2              0      1          1
9600-1       Building Check-Doors Open               17              7      1          9
9700-6       Accident-All Other                       2              1      1          0
9800-2       Motor Vehicle Inspection                 7              3      1          0
9800-6       Civil/Family Disputes                  525            67     192       266
9800-7       Suspicious Situations                  292            42     107       142              1
9800-8       Lost & Found Property                   74            14      29        31
9800-9       Drug Overdose (Includes Fatal)           1              0      0          1
9900-1       Suicide (Includes Attempts)             37              2     13        22
9900-2       Natural Death                           19              4      6          9
9900-2A      Accidental Death                         2              1      0          1
9900-2B      Suspicious Death                         1              0      1          0
9900-3       Missing Persons                         23              4     11          8
9900-5       Medical Assist                         952           198     346       405              3
9900-7       Public Relations Activity                1              0      0          1
9900-8       Assists to Other Agencies              313            38      63       141          71
9900-9       General Non Criminal Assist            421            68     165       187           1
9901-1       Directed Patrol-Traffic                 26              6      4        16
9901-2       Directed Patrol-Other                   78            23      13        42
9901-3       Directed Patrol-Property Check          85            27      41        17
9901-4       Directed Patrol-OHSP                     8              4      0          4
9902-12      Car Seat Checks                          1              1      0          0
ACC-BIC      Accident-Bicycle                         4              0      2          2
ACC-DEER     Accident-Deer                           50            10      30        10
ACC-F        Accident-Fatal                           3              1      1          1
ACC-PD       Accident-Traffic                       607           134     194       279
ACC-PED      Accident-Pedestrian                      8              0      3          5
ACC-PI       Accident-Personal Injury               118            19      40        59
TOTALS                                             8670          1565    2559      4462         84

2007 TOTALS                                         9085         1497    2543      5041         4*




* Other = Outside Limits and County Parks (Coded differently in 2007)




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VIOLENT CRIMES
                                                                   Total
               Aggravated                  Murder                             Approx.
    CITY        Assault
                              Rape
                                         Manslaughter
                                                        Robbery   Violent
                                                                             Population
                                                                  Crime
Grand Rapids     1,225         93            18           810      2,146      193,627
Wyoming           129          58             2           84        273        70,440
Kentwood          163          25             0           72        260        48,827
Walker            24           23             0           7         59         23,709
Grandville        21           10             0           7         38         16,770




PROPERTY CRIMES
                                                         Motor     Total
                            Breaking &                                        Approx.
    CITY         Arson
                             Entering
                                           Larceny      Vehicle   Property
                                                                             Population
                                                         Theft     Crime
Grand Rapids      104         2,391         6,764        3,494     12,753     193,627
Wyoming           14           48           1,227         182      1,471       70,440
Kentwood           7           348          1,359         82       1,796       48,827
Walker             2           103           507          40        652        23,709
Grandville         1           118           834          22        975        16,770




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