Community Policing

Meet Your Community Policing Officers

Community Police Officer Howard

Officer Brittany Howard

Pronouns: she/her



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.

Portrait of Officer Andrew Hintz in uniform

Officer Andrew Hintz

Pronouns: he/him



Officer Hintz has been a Police Officer with Grand Valley State University since 2017 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.

When Officer Hintz is away from work he enjoys being with friends and family. His likes both watching and playing competitive Esports. He also enjoys exploring downtown Grand Rapids and experiencing restaurants in the area.

Officer Sietsema portrait photo while wearing police uniform with police dog Koda, who is a black Labrador wearing a harness with a police badge

Officer Kelsey Sietsema and K9 Koda

Pronouns: she/her



Officer Sietsema has been a Police Officer at Grand Valley State University since 2015 and is currently assigned to the Community Policing Division, along with being the explosive K9 handler of our K9 Koda! She attended GVSU, obtaining her B.S. in Criminal Justice and then completed the GVSU Police Academy. 

When Officer Sietsema is not at work, she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and of course, Koda. Officer Sietsema enjoys outdoor activities such as spending time on the lake while wakeboarding in the summer, and snowboarding during the winter. Officer Sietsema also enjoys traveling and is excited to get back to Banff and Japer National Parks in Alberta Canada!

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.