Councilman Valenzuela has dedicated his life to public safety. As a Valley firefighter and Phoenix City Councilman, he believes that the top priority of the city of Phoenix has to be keeping our residents safe. Not only has the Councilman advocated for the needs of our public safety departments with his colleagues on the City Council, he has also taken his message to Washington, DC to fight for the city's fair share of federal funds.
Securing Federal Funds for Public Safety Initiatives
- Met with officials from the Department of Justice in Washington, DC to advocate for the city's COPS Hiring Grant application. Ultimately in 2013 the city was awarded the maximum amount - $1.8 million along with a micro grant to protect businesses from criminal activity. The grant allowed the city to hire 15 new police officers. The Councilman also traveled to DC to meet with the DOJ in 2014 to advocate for the city's city pending grant application for $3.1 million to hire 25 officers in 2015.
- Voted for a city budget in June 2014 that allows the city to begin its recruitment process for new police officers for the first time in five years, with plans to hire 15 new officers in March and a total of 100 by the end of 2015, and a total of 300 new officers by the end of 2017. When the Councilman took office in 2012, it was accepted that the city would not be hiring any new officers for at least three years. Instead of waiting, the city found creative solutions to hire officers through federal programs and the city's budget process.
- Continues to advocate in Washington DC for the city's fair share of the Department of Homeland Security's Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). In 2014, the Phoenix region was awarded $5.5 million in grant dollars which was a $1.5 million increase from the prior year. Councilman Valenzuela is working with DHS and Arizona's Congressional delegation to ensure the 2015 ranking accurately reflects the threat levels.
- Traveled to Washington, DC twice to meet with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to advocate for the city's SAFER grant application. In 2014 the city of Phoenix Fire Department was awarded $8 million in SAFER grant funds, the largest SAFER grant the city has received in the past 5 years. The funds will ensure that the city can keep 42 Phoenix firefighters on the streets protecting our community.
Creating Private Public Partnerships to Address Public Safety Needs
- Councilman Valenzuela worked with Grand Canyon University and the Phoenix Police Department to create a $1 million, 5-year crime safety initiative to decrease crime in the Canyon Corridor. GCU contributes $100,000 per year to create a stronger police presence from 43rd Ave to I-17 and Bethany Home to Indian School
- Worked with the Phoenix Police Department and businesses in Maryvale to create the Phoenix Merits program. The program rewards youth for contributing towards the improvement of our community by doing good deeds. This is a collaborative effort spearheaded by the Maryvale Revitalization Corporation, the city of Phoenix, our local business community.
- Led the effort to bring the Taxis on Patrol program to the city of Phoenix. The primary focus of the program is to partner with the Phoenix Police Department in an effort to increase the "eyes and ears" of the city in reporting observed crimes, suspicious activity, fires, automobile accidents, and medical emergencies.
Councilman Valenzuela's Statement on Council Approval to Apply for COPS Grant
Councilman Valenzuela's Statement on Hire of 11 New Police Officers
Councilman Valenzuela's Statement on Yarnell Hill Fire
Councilmen Valenzuela, Waring Host Fundraiser for Fallen Public Safety Employees
Councilman Valenzuela's Statement Regarding Officer Raetz and Firefighter Harper
Councilman Valenzuela's Statement on the City's Domestic Violence Roadmap
Councilman Valenzuela to Address International Association of Firefighters
Pedestrian Signal to be Activated Near Washington Elementary School
Child Car Seat Safety Event Hosted by Councilman Valenzuela and Phoenix Fire
Councilman Valenzuela Hosts Kick-Off of Water Safety Program
Councilman Valenzuela to Participate in Citizen Police Academy