Bryan Litwin, Chief of Police
Bryan Litwin currently serves as the Police Chief for the City of Kentwood.
As chief, Litwin leads a team of nearly 95 personnel, including 71 sworn police officers. He maintains the department’s efforts to recruit and hire individuals who are representative of Kentwood’s diverse community, collaborate with other City departments to support community safety and engagement efforts and work to enhance quality of life.
Chief Litwin joined the Kentwood Police Department in 1999 as a patrol officer. He has additionally served as a field training officer, community services officer, Staff Services Bureau officer, special response team member and team commander. He was promoted to sergeant in 2012, captain in 2016 and then to deputy police chief in 2019. As captain, he managed the Professional Standards Division, served as the public information officer and oversaw the police cadet program, which recruits and develops future police officers. Litwin also helped implement the City’s first Youth Police Academy, which gives high school students and recent high school graduates hands-on experience in a variety of police-related tasks.
During his tenure with the City of Kentwood, Litwin has additionally taught ethics in law enforcement to police academy recruits at Grand Valley State University and led GVSU’s Police Academy Subject Control program. He served as chair of the department’s training committee from 2016-19.
With a dedication to continual professional development, Litwin has completed numerous trainings, including leadership programs through the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police and Grand Rapids Police Department Leadership Institute. Chief Litwin is dedicated to provide the best training and equipment possible for members of the police department. Litwin oversees the department’s goal of obtaining state accreditation in 2023 through a continued commitment to following state and national best policing practices and procedures.
Litwin serves as chairman of the GVSU Police Academy Advisory Board and Kent Career Technical Center Law Enforcement Advisory Board. He also has served as president of the West Michigan Tactical Officers Association.
Litwin has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Grand Valley State University.