Grand Valley Police Department


Mission:  To provide a safe and secure environment in which to work, live, and learn.

The GVSU Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency charged with the responsibility of enforcing the laws of the State of Michigan and University rules and regulations.  Additional services provided by our police department include parking and traffic control, lost and found property, 24hr non-emergency dispatch, motorist assists, and emergency closing announcements.  The department is staffed by 16 sworn law enforcement officers including a director and assistant director, temporary call in officers, four clerical staff members and approximately 75 student employees.  Additional law enforcement, fire, and medical support is provided through Allendale Fire Rescue, Georgetown Fire Rescue, LIFE EMS, AMR EMS,  Ottawa County Central Dispatch Authority, Ottawa County Sheriff Department, and the Michigan State Police.


Organizational Values:  Do what is right. Do your best.  Treat others as you wish to be treated.

As an expectation of the law enforcement officers and staff of this police department we pursue the aforementioned values in all services we provide to the Grand Valley State University community.  Grand Valley State University has identified a strategic plan.  While the mission, vision, and values of the university are primarily academically based, the organizational values of this institution are indicative if the services we provide to those who work, live, and learn at GVSU.


Code of Ethics

As an additional value statement, the GVSU Police Department also endorses the International Association of chief's of Police Code of Ethics.

As a Law Enforcement Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all persons to liberty, equality and justice.

I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

 I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminal, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.

I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen enforcement.

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