GRPD launches podcast to connect with community

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The first episode of "Behind the Badge" discusses recruitment and hiring to the police department and has already been uploaded on Spotify and Anchor. Courtesy Grand Rapids Police Department

The Grand Rapids Police Department announced the launch of GRPD podcast “Behind the Badge,” now available on Spotify and Anchor.

GRPD hopes the podcast will serve as a new platform to connect with the community and will provide a candid view of the department’s operations, people and their experiences serving and protecting members and visitors of the city. The bi-weekly podcast will be hosted by GRPD Public Information Officer Sergeant Dan Adams.

“One thing that we have learned the past few years is that the community wants more contact with their police department, particularly outside enforcement activities,” Adams said. “With just about everyone using their smartphones and podcasts being so popular, this just seemed like a natural evolution to share important information and engage in a thoughtful conversation.”

The department hopes to provide new episodes on a bi-weekly basis and will feature a diverse variety of topics and guests. The first episode discusses recruitment and hiring to the police department and has already been uploaded on Spotify and Anchor.

Community members are encouraged to offer suggestions for topics and guests for the podcast by emailing TrustGRPD@grcity.us.

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