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GRCC Police Academy hosting two virtual meetings for upcoming class

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GRCCPD sign outside of the police department building (Anthony Clark Jr./The Collegiate)

By Colin Hubbell

On Wednesday, Nov. 10 the Grand Rapids Community College Criminal Justice Department will hold the first of two GRCC Police Academy virtual meetings for the class of 2022 at 12 p.m.

The meetings will be presented by the Police and Corrections Academy Director David Kok and Support Professional Rachel Crapo, and are meant to be a resource for potential Fall and Winter semester applicants interested in learning more about the GRCC Police Academy. Upon filling out the mandatory form, information will be sent on how to access said online meetings. The meetings will consist of a basic rundown over how to apply for the academy, prerequisites and an open Q&A. 

Kok noted that he “schedules and facilitates the police and corrections academies, while meeting all state requirements for licensing both programs.” His priorities are to maintain and improve the quality of education that is needed for cadets enrolled in the academy to pass their licensing exam, help cadets meet the requirements of the state and ease them into their careers.

Despite only being in his current position as Corrections Academy Director since August 2021, Kok has amassed over 26 years of experience in law enforcement. Before his current position, he was Chief Deputy of Kent County Sheriff’s Office. Kok took his current position because of his love of law enforcement.

Kok said that he looks to be a mentor for those who are interested in the law enforcement profession, especially those in younger generations.

“(I) wanted to invest especially in the younger people who are interested in getting into the profession,” Kok said. “And wanted to be part of mentoring them and helping law enforcement as a whole.” 

Kok also commented on how the law enforcement profession is extremely demanding and requires a lot of mental, emotional and physical dedication. 

“(Law enforcement is) for people with a good work ethic and a positive, helpful mentality… (and) a heart to serve others,” he said. 

Those interested in learning more about GRCC’s Police Academy meetings can go here. The Nov. 10 meeting starts at 12 p.m., with the second, and only other meeting currently scheduled, held on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m.

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