Silent Observer is a local nonprofit funded through donations that provides every resident in our community an easy and anonymous way to report their important information about crime. More than 1,800 tips were received in 2019, leading to arrests of those who have committed crimes like assault with intent to murder, shootings, burglary, drug crimes, child pornography, hit and run, theft and warrant arrests – all crimes that indeed affect the health and wellness of our neighborhoods, schools and community. 

The Community Heroes Awards hosted by Silent Observer recognizes members of our community and law enforcement who have gone above and beyond in keeping our community safe. All recipients think outside themselves and, in doing so, accomplish the remarkable. With most of their being done behind the scenes and going unrecognized, it is our honor to publicly acknowledge these unsung heroes.

Dustin Cook, Kent County Sheriff Office

Jason Cramer, Kent County Sheriff Office

Rodrick Daniels, Kingmakers

Sue Knol, Meijer

Austin Lynema, Grand Rapids Police Department

Joe Quist, Grand Rapids Police Dispatch

Rocio Rodriguez, Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association

Peter F. Secchia

D.J. VerHage, Wyoming Police

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Silent Observer is a local nonprofit funded through donations that provides every resident in our community an easy and anonymous way to report their important information about crime. More than 1,800 tips were received in 2019, leading to arrests of those who have committed crimes like assault with intent to murder, shootings, burglary, drug crimes, child pornography, hit and run, theft and warrant arrests – all crimes that indeed affect the health and wellness of our neighborhoods, schools and community. 

The Community Heroes Awards hosted by Silent Observer recognizes members of our community and law enforcement who have gone above and beyond in keeping our community safe. All recipients think outside themselves and, in doing so, accomplish the remarkable. With most of their being done behind the scenes and going unrecognized, it is our honor to publicly acknowledge these unsung heroes.

Dustin Cook, Kent County Sheriff Office

Jason Cramer, Kent County Sheriff Office

Rodrick Daniels, Kingmakers

Sue Knol, Meijer

Austin Lynema, Grand Rapids Police Department

Joe Quist, Grand Rapids Police Dispatch

Rocio Rodriguez, Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association

Peter F. Secchia

D.J. VerHage, Wyoming Police