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Ford airport hires police chief

August 20, 2019
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William Nowicki
William Nowicki. Courtesy Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Gerald R. Ford International Airport has named its new chief airport law enforcement officer.

William Nowicki comes to the airport after 27 years with the Grand Rapids Police Department in roles that include patrol officer, field training officer, detective and patrol sergeant.

In 2004, he was promoted to lieutenant and served as a watch commander and administrative lieutenant in that role.

Since 2013, he has served as the GRPD’s commander of the vice unit.

"Bill has an incredible resume and is well known and well respected among his peers. He brings a diverse set of experiences and leadership to the department, and I am confident Bill will be a great fit with the team,” said Lisa Carr, Ford Airport public safety and operations director.

Nowicki has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Ferris State University.

He also is a graduate of the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University and of the Leadership Institute at Calvin College.

During his career at the GRPD, Nowicki has received numerous awards, including a commendation award, team performance award, achievement award, honorable mention award, four unit performance awards and many letters of commendation and recognition.

Nowicki serves on the Kent County Opioid Task Force, Illicit Massage Industry work group, city of Grand Rapids Human Trafficking Task Force and Ferris State University’s School of Criminal Justice Alumni Advisory Committee.

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