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

Captain Jack Dykstra

~ Assistant Chairperson ~

Holland Department of Public Safety

Undersheriff Steve Kempker
Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office

Chief Thomas Hillen

Kentwood Police Department

Captain Eric Payne
Grand Rapids Police Department

Undersheriff Michelle Young

Kent County Sheriff’s Office

Chief Steve Bukala

Lowell Police Department

Sheriff Blaine Koops
Allegan County Sheriff’s Office

Director Jodi Richhart
Grand Rapids CC Police Academy

Chief Jeff Hawke
Grand Haven Department of Public Safety

Deputy Chief Paul Anglim

Grandville Police Department

Chief Jon Gale
Norton Shores Police Department

Dr. John Walsh
Faculty, GVSU School of Criminal Justice

Chief Renee Freeman
Grand Valley State University DPS

Captain Dennis Lord

Muskegon Police Department



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