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AIRPORT POLICE

At GFIA, the police office is more than what the name implies. The police office is also the home of the airport Lost and Found and the airport ID Badging and Fingerprinting services. This is also where you go to pay fines for parking violations.

About
The airport police unit comprises one chief, five sergeants, 14 officers, and one clerk. They are responsible for airport and airfield security and law enforcement. They also provide law enforcement support to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Airport law enforcement officers are on duty 24 hours a day, providing public safety services throughout the airport terminal, roads and parking areas, and the airfield.

Police officers at Gerald R. Ford International Airport are certified by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES).

Locate and Contact
The airport police office is located in the Grand Hall, behind the News & Gift shop. While airport police are on site and available 24 hours a day, some of the services provided by the Police Office are offered only during specified hours.

To contact airport police during operating hours, call 616-233-6015. After hours you may call 616-233-6000 or, if in the airport, use one of the courtesy phones to be connected to a police officer for assistance.  For security, lost and found services, or to pay a fine during non-business hours, you may contact airport dispatch by dialing “0” from any red courtesy phone and they will send someone to assist you.

For ID badging and fingerprinting services, hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:30 – 11:30 am and 12:30 – 3:30 pm. The office is closed on various holidays throughout the year.  These services are provided by staff on a first-come – first-served basis.

Services
Lost and Found
For all items lost on an aircraft, please contact your airline directly.

For items lost/left behind at a TSA Passenger Security Screening checkpoint, please contact the TSA directly at 616-285-6631. Please note that confiscated items WILL NOT be returned.

For items lost in the passenger terminal facility at GFIA, you may contact the airport police office at 616-233-6015. Items turned in to the airport police are generally held for 30 days.

ID Badging and Fingerprinting
The airport is required by federal regulation to issue identification badges to airport employees and contractors whose job responsibilities require them to have access into secured areas of the airport. Appropriate paperwork should be completed and signed by authorized personnel prior to reporting to the airport police office.

Badge applicants should note that the badging process requires two (2) separate visits.  At the first visit, you will submit your application paperwork and undergo fingerprinting and/or a Security Threat Assessment evaluation.  At the second visit you will undergo any required testing and receive your ID Badge.  To expedite the badge application/renewal process, applicants are encouraged to complete the appropriate form(s) before coming to the Airport Police Office. These forms require Adobe Acrobat - Click here to learn more.

Individuals who require unescorted access to the Air Operations Area (AOA), Security Identification Display Area, Secured Area, or Sterile Area must possess an airport photo ID Badge.  Application for an ID Badge is made on the ID Badge Application Form.  This form must be completely filled out, properly signed, and presented to the airport police office for processing.  Only the signed original of a completed application form will be accepted.  Do not submit a photo or faxed copy; it will not be accepted for processing.

All ID Badge applicants must present two (2) forms of identification or documentation when applying for or renewing an airport ID Badge, at least one form of identification must have been issued by a Government Authority and at least one must include a photo.  The documentation must be able to verify the applicant's identity as well as employment eligibility.  For your reference we have provided a list of acceptable documents. Please note that there is an addendum on page two of the document below.

All individuals applying for an airport ID Badge must undergo a TSA Security Threat Assessment (STA) as part of the Badge issuance.  The airport will not issue an airport ID Badge until the TSA has completed an STA on the applicant.  Allow up to 2 - 5 days for the STA to be completed.

In addition to the STA, all individuals applying for an airport ID Badge for areas other than the AOA, must undergo a FBI fingerprint-based criminal history check.  The airport will deny issuance of the airport ID Badge to any employee who is currently being charged with or is convicted of one of the TSA disqualifying crimes (listed on the form below) within the last ten years.

Those individuals who have a current ID Badge must renew their Badge before the expiration date.  For your convenience, you may renew your ID Badge up to 30 (thirty) days in advance of the expiration date.

Airport employees whose job responsibilities do not require them to have access into the secured areas of the airport, but who need to park a vehicle in the employee parking lot must complete a Parking Card Application Form.  All parking cards expire on December 31 every two years and must be renewed.  Fees for the Parking Card must be paid by the individual at the time the card is issued.  Payment can be made by cash or check.  For your convenience, there are ATMs located in the Grand Hall.

Individuals should notify Airport Police (233-6015) or the Airport Communications Center (233-6055) immediately if your ID Badge is lost or stolen.The Badge holder is responsible for the badge replacement fee at the time of issuance.  Payment can be made by cash or check.

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