Professional Standards Division

Kentwood Police

professional standards division
 The Professional Standards Division consists of the Staff Services Bureau and the Community Services Bureau.  These Bureaus primarily have two different focuses.  The Staff Services Bureau handles functions that mainly impacts the Police Department’s staff.  Whereas, the Community Services Bureau’s job is to work with different groups in our community to improve their day-to-day quality of life.  The Professional Standards Division is overseen by Captain Bryan Litwin.

The Staff Services Bureau consists of a captain, crime analyst, property manager, training officer, and a part-time cadet.  The Community Services Bureau has a sergeant, two community officers, two school resource officers, a code enforcement specialist, two part-time code enforcement technicians, a part-time volunteer coordinator, and a part-time cadet.

The Staff Services Bureau handles recruiting and hiring for the Department, both sworn and civilian staff.  In 2018, the Department hired six full-time police officers, one full-time records clerk, and five part-time cadets.  When the Department hires one police officer, it conducts a minimum of two interviews, an assessment center, and puts in over 40 hours for a background investigation on each candidate who makes it to that phase in the hiring process.  The candidates must also pass a physical and psychological exam prior to a final offer of employment.

Due to the complexity of the profession, police officers must constantly attend training to refresh themselves on current best practices in law enforcement and updated law changes.  They need to practice their physical skills to maintain proficiency and improve their decision making skills.  These areas include firearms, subject control, precision driving, and police tactics.  Officers who have specialized assignments must also receive training for those positions.  These range from interview and interrogation, death investigations, crimes against children, and internal affairs investigations to Basic SWAT training, leadership development, surveillance training, and crisis intervention.  In 2018, the Staff Services Bureau oversaw almost 7,000 hours of training for the Kentwood Police Department personnel. 

PHONE: (616) 656-6681