Police Academy

Advisory Board

The Police Academy Advisory Board consists of local law enforcement executives, criminal justice professionals, and academic representatives. The board makes recommendations regarding the screening process, student evaluation, and academy policy. It reviews, evaluates, and makes recommendations on the approved program and all proposed enhanced curriculum. Additionally, representatives from board member agencies participate in the candidate interview and selection process.


Chief Catherine Garcia-Lindstrom
~ Chairperson ~
Walker Police Department
Sheriff Gary Rosema
Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office
Chief Richard Mattice
~ Assistant Chairperson ~
Kentwood Police Department
Undersheriff Greg Steigenga
Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office
Captain Jack Dykstra
Holland Police Department
Captain Jeff Hertel
Grand Rapids Police Department
Undersheriff Jon Hess
Kent County Sheriff’s Office
Mr. Max Harnish
Assistant Federal Security Director
Department of Homeland Security - TSA
Sheriff Blaine Koops
Allegan County Sheriff’s Office
Director Jodi Richhart
Grand Rapids CC Police Academy
Lt. Joseph Boyle
Grand Haven Department of Public Safety
Ret. Chief Edward Edwardson
Faculty, GVSU School of Criminal Justice
Chief Daniel Shaw
Norton Shores Police Department
Dr. John Walsh
Faculty, GVSU School of Criminal Justice
Capt. Gary Nix
Michigan State Police 6th District
Director Barbara Bergers
Grand Valley State University DPS


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