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The Emergency site contains the most up-to-date and accurate information available.


The Grand Valley Police Department (GVPD) is scheduled for an assessment as part of a program to achieve initial accreditation in Basic Law Enforcement Accreditation, by verifying it meets professional standards. GVPD is seeking to be the first university police department in Michigan to achieve Basic Law Enforcement Accreditation through CALEA.

Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: 

  • policies and procedures
  • administration
  • operations, and
  • support services.

As part of the assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session held virtually at 4 p.m., Monday, July 11, 2022. Persons interested in addressing the CALEA assessors during the forum should register in advance by emailing Sergeant Brian Hedberg at [email protected].

Agency employees and the public are also invited to offer comments by calling (616) 331-3255, between 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 11, 2022. Comments will be taken by the assessment team.

Telephone comments as well as comments at the public information session are limited to five minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at GVPD headquarters by contacting Sergeant Brian Hedberg at (616) 331-6896, or email at [email protected].

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about GVPD’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to:

          Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA)
          13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 160
          Gainesville, Va., 20155

or emailed to [email protected].

Grand Valley State University Department of Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. The Department of Public Safety patrols campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide a safe environment for the Grand Valley community.

At the GV Department of Public Safety, we support student success.

Our Mission

Provide a safe and secure environment in which to learn, live, and work.

Our Vision

Customer service, community engagement, and progressive policing reflect our values and commitment to being the finest campus Public Safety department.

Leadership; do what is right, do your best, and treat others as you wish to be treated.

Our Values


Committing to the highest standards of personal conduct in what we say and do.


Collaborating and connecting with students, faculty, staff, and visitors.


Creating a welcoming environment that encourages, values, and respects diverse perspectives.


Working together to provide superior public safety services in every interaction.

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This fund supports the maintenance of the GVPD K9 unit, including the costs of care and equipment.

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