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Barely Half of First Ward Residents Feel Safe in Their Neighborhoods (1)

How has First Ward Commissioner Kurt Reppart responded to his constituents' fears amid rising crime?

July 7, 2020

Reppart voted to cut the GRPD budget by almost $400,000. Reppart stated that he wanted to initiate "a process that will substantially reduce the funding for the police department. (2)


July 7, 2020

Reppart supported a vote to cut the GRPD by roughly $9 million: almost 20% of the police budget, which would have reduced the budget to the minimum required by the city charter. (2)

November 17, 2020

Following months of increasing violent crime and a historic increase in murder, Reppart voted to turndown $500,000 in federal aid sent to support GRPD. (3)


September 28, 2021

Reppart was the only vote against accepting a Department of Justice grant for Community Oriented Policing services. (4)

May 3, 2022

Reppart discusses disarming police, asking Chief Winstrom questions about budget implications if GRPD disarmed officers or changed uniforms. (5)


The Reppart Response


Call Commissioner Reppart at 616-456-3578 and ask him to stop trying to defund the police.

1. National Community Survey Key Findings, Grand Rapids, 2022 (National Community Survey (

2. City Commission Meeting (7/7/2020)

3. Committee of the Whole Meeting (11/17/2020)

4. City Commission Meeting (9/28/22)

5. Special City Commission Meeting (5/3/22)

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