Captain Eric Payne
Captain Eric Payne joined the Grand Rapids Police Department in 1987, after serving as a Police Officer for Grand Valley State University. He has served on Patrol, in the Vice Unit, and as a member of the Detective Unit's Major Case Team. Captain Payne has been a member of the Hostage Negotiation Team since 1992. Along with receiving numerous letters of commendation, Captain Payne has also received five Meritorious Unit Citations, two Commendation Medals, one Team Performance Award, and he was nominated for the honor of Police Officer of the Year in 1993. Captain Payne was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in August 2004, after which time he served in the roles of Watch Commander and as the Administrative Lieutenant for the South Service Area. Captain Payne holds a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Grand Valley State University. In March of 2010, Captain Payne became the commander of the Hostage Negotiation Team.
Captain Payne has been the commander of the South Service Area since 2008. The South Service Area consists of 8 beats and is the smallest service area geographically. Personnel included 6 Sergeants, 33 Patrol Officers, and 7 Community Officers.