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    Captain Scott Rifenberg


    Captain Scott Rifenberg was born in Holland, Michigan, and raised in Grand Rapids. He graduated in 1995 from Michigan State University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. Captain Rifenberg began his professional career with the Grand Rapids Police Department in 1996, where he served on patrol in the West and South Service Areas and spent six years in the Special Response Team. In September 2003, he was assigned to an Acting Sergeant role and served the Southwest Service Area. On August 16, 2004, he was promoted to Sergeant and held assignments in the East and South Service Areas, the Vice Unit, and the Special Response Team. In January 2014, Captain Rifenberg was assigned to the Acting Lieutenant role, where he has served as a Watch Commander. After his promotion to Lieutenant in November 2014, he was assigned as the commander of the Special Response Team. His additional responsibilities include serving as a Field Training Officer, a Firearms Instructor, and a Use of Force Instructor. Throughout his career, Captain Rifenberg has been nominated twice for Police Officer of the Year, in 200and 2007. In addition, he has been awarded one Commendation Award, four Team Performance Awards, one Achievement Award, two Meritorious Unit Citations, and one Chief’s Citation, along with several Letters of Recognition. Captain Rifenberg is married to Shannon and they have three daughters, ages 16, 13, and 9.