Community Policing

Meet Our Community Policing Officers

CPO Betsy Wenk

Officer Betsy Wenk

CPO Minh Lien

Officer Minh Lien

Officer Brittany Howard

Officer Brittany Howard

Officer Wenk has been working as a Police Officer at Grand Valley State University since 2008 and is currently assigned to the Community Officer Police Division. She began her law enforcement career with the City of Kentwood as a patrol officer in 1991. Her interests include spending time with various activities with her family and her basset hound, Harley!

“My favorite thing about Grand Valley State University is the community feel that the faculty, staff and students create on campus. I also like serving as a community officer to be able to assist in student success.”

Officer Lien has been working as a Police Officer for GVSU since September 2001 and is currently assigned to the Community Policing Division. He attended GVSU obtaining his B.S. in Criminal Justice and attended the GVSU Police Academy. Prior to working at GVSU, Officer Lien worked security with Grand Rapids Public Schools and as a Police Officer for the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety as well as the Kentwood Police Department.

His favorite quote is: “All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?" - Buddha

Officer Howard has been a Police Officer at Grand Valley State University since 2016 and is currently assigned to the Community Policing Division. She attended GVSU, obtaining her B.S. in Criminal Justice, minoring in Juvenile Justice. During her time at GVSU, she was a Resident Assistant for Housing for 3 years. After graduating, she attended the Police Academy at GVSU, class of 2015.

When Officer Howard is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, often times trying out new restaurants. Some of her hobbies include paddle boarding during the summer and snowboarding in the winter. One of her favorite vacation spots is white water rafting in West Virginia.

Community Policing Officer Minh Lien

Officer Wenk and Officer Howard at the GVSU Grill Challenge

Officers waving at a school bus

Community Officers at GVSU

GVSU Police Department established a community policing division in 1999 to concentrate on building community partnerships, promoting awareness, and to focus on problem solving in order to encourage a safe environment for those who learn, live and work at Grand Valley State University. Through collaborative efforts and unprecedented partnerships within the community, we have increased community trust, communication, and confidence in police services as a result.

The community police officers work closely with the Office of Housing and Residence Life to maintain and develop innovative programs that respond to the emerging needs of our student body. Our police department encourages everyone within this environment to be alert, aware, and responsible for themselves, others and the community by taking advantage of the educational opportunities regarding safety. Our community police officers are trained to work with college students, faculty and staff. Our police department has a great deal of expertise in helping manage difficult situations, referring individuals to the appropriate resources, and working together to solve problems.

Do not hesitate in contacting our agency or one of the community police officers as a resource. If you are struggling or are concerned about someone's behaviors, ask for help. You don't have to wait for unfortunate events to occur. Simply contact the police.