GVPD launches fingerprinting, prescription drop-off services


Caleb Worpel

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Hanna Halstead, Staff Writer

The Grand Valley State University Police Department is offering fingerprinting services are offered by appointment only, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments must be made at least a day in advance.

The fee for getting fingerprinted is $55, which can be paid by credit card, or through your account for GVSU students.

Students must bring a government-issued photo ID showing date of birth, a Michigan State Police RI-030 form, with sections 1 and 2 completed, and a receipt showing proof of pre-payment for services and a completed GVSU self-assessment.

“We knew that certain schools required their students to be fingerprinted for a variety of reasons,” GVPD Captain Kourosh Khotir said. “Those students were going elsewhere to get that done. Nursing students, education majors, and even business majors, were going into internships and jobs that required them to get that done, but they were going to local police departments and community colleges.”

GVPD said they aim to make the process as convenient as possible for GVSU students. GVPD has started another new program to do the same. Prescription drop-off boxes are now available on campus for those who need to dispose of their prescribed medications in a safe and convenient way. 

There is one drop-off box at both the Allendale and Grand Rapids campus. In Allendale, the box is located in the lobby of the Police Department in the Service building near the Allendale Campus. Downtown, the other is located in the lobby of the Police Department at 609 Watson St SW near the Pew Campus.

Before bringing your prescriptions, GVPD captain Jeffery Stoll said to ensure that they are in the original containers and remove or blot out any personal or identifying information.

“We offer this service so that members of the Grand Valley community can safely dispose of their prescription drugs,” Stoll said. “We want to ensure that these drugs are properly handled so they don’t end up contaminating the water supply.”

In addition to the drop-boxes, the DEA is having The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Oct 23. from 10 am-2 pm. The nearest drop-off location for GVSU students is the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

The day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

For more information about the drop-off boxes, visit https://www.gvsu.edu/dps/prescription-drop-off-box-119.htm, for more information about National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, visit, https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.