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    Captain Matthew Ostapowicz​


    Captain Matthew Ostapowicz is a second generation Grand Rapids Police Officer, following in the footsteps of his father, Deputy Police Chief Daniel Ostapowicz.  Captain Ostapowicz graduated from Siena Heights University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.  He was hired by the GRPD in 1995 and worked as a Patrol Officer for one year, before being transferred to the Special Response Team for the next five years.  After his promotion to Sergeant in 2001, Captain Ostapowicz worked as a Patrol Supervisor for a short period, before returning to the Special Response Team in 2002.  In 2008, he was assigned to the Internal Affairs Unit, where he worked until June 2011, when he was named Acting Lieutenant and worked as the Watch Commander on Patrol Unit Three.  Captain Ostapowicz was formally promoted to Lieutenant in 2012, and continued in his same position of Watch Commander, until assuming the role of Lieutenant for the Special Response Team in April 2013.  He has worked in that position since that time.  Captain Ostapowicz has held an additional duty assignment as a Use of Force Instructor since 1996, and has received instructor certifications in various less-lethal devices and munitions, chemical agents, and distraction devices.  Additionally, he has been a part of training every recruit class since 1996.  Throughout his tenure with the Department, Captain Ostapowicz has received three Team Performance Awards, an Achievement Award, five Meritorious Unit Citations, and numerous Letters of Recognition.



      The Character of the West Service Area


    From the Downtown Area...

    John Ball Park John Ball Zoo, the West Service Area encompasses a rich history and a number of vibrant cultures.


    Sites of Interest in the West Service Area:

    John Ball Zoo
    Gerald R. Ford Museum
    Grand Rapids Public Museum
    Grand Rapids Art Museum
    Devos Place Convention Center
    VanAndel Arena
    Devos Hall