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Councilman DiCiccio Calls on the Whitaker Group to Refund Payments for Phoenix Police Training: Group Copied Chicago Materials Then Billed PhoenixCouncilman DiCiccio Calls on the Whitaker Group to Refund Payments for Phoenix Police Training: Group Copied Chicago Materials Then Billed Phoenix<div class="ExternalClass2BEA5FE3E0084EFDAB598D2041D42F29"><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;">Councilman Sal DiCiccio called on city management to pursue a refund of $21,800 from the Whitaker Group that Phoenix paid the organization for cultural competency training for the Phoenix Police Department.  <br><br>"Professor Whitaker charged the city for training materials that were largely copied from the Chicago Police Department," Councilman DiCiccio said. "He ultimately was paid more than $21,000 in taxpayer money for work that he didn't do, and he needs to pay it all back."<br><br>The councilman's slide-by-slide analysis of the 84-slide presentation Professor Whitaker created for Phoenix Police shows that only seven slides were original, with 52 being exact copies or slides with just minor changes.  The remaining 25 slides were either pictures or non-content pages such as welcome and title pages. <br><br>His analysis also shows the Whitaker Group placing a copyright on the Chicago material used in the Phoenix presentation. The <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1257004/341387/15575/3/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">full supporting analysis is viewable online</span></a>. <br><br>"The Whitaker Group needs to step up and refund this money so the city can put this embarrassing chapter behind it.  It is clearly not fair that taxpayers be the ones footing this bill," DiCiccio added. <br><br>The councilman's analysis also notes that the group added Whitaker copyrights to the presentation materials, despite the fact the work was copied from the Chicago Police Department. The Whitaker Group charged billed the city $36,850 for 109 hours of work on the Police training, and the city eventually paid $21,800 for 66 hours or work.<br><br>Councilman DiCiccio also has posted online a comprehensive list of supporting documents used in the analysis including slides and invoices: <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1257004/341387/15576/6/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Whitaker Group invoices</span></a>; <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1257004/341387/15577/9/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">May 21, 2015 invoice e-mails</span></a>; <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1257004/341387/15578/10/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">May 27, 2015 invoice e-mails</span></a>; <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1257004/341387/15579/11/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Whitaker Group Training Materials Pages 1-12</span></a>; <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1257004/341387/15580/12/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Whitaker Group Training Materials Pages 13-25</span></a>; <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1257004/341387/15581/13/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Whitaker Group Training Materials Pages 26-38</span></a>; <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1257004/341387/15582/14/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Whitaker Group Training Materials Pages 39-55</span></a>;<br><a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1257004/341387/15583/15/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"> Whitaker Group Training Materials - Original Content Slides</span></a>; <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1257004/341387/15584/21/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Chicago Training Slides</span></a>; and the <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1257004/341387/15585/22/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Copied Slides.</span></a><br> <br> </td></tr></tbody></table></div>8/18/2015 10:00:00 PMDavid Urbinato602-495-5405