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City of Phoenix Takes Targeted Approach to Address City’s Largest Encampment https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/homeless-solutions/2731Homeless Solutions4/21/2023 5:30:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/3Tupgyr6Ls0City of Phoenix Takes Targeted Approach to Address City’s Largest Encampment <div class="ExternalClassDD510E0A11A04CACB70073B013328CD1"><html>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The City of Phoenix is taking decisive action to address issue impacting those experiencing homelessness outside the Human Services Campus in downtown Phoenix.</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> <br></span><br><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The multi-pronged strategy involves expediting plans already in place including enhanced cleaning, connecting unsheltered residents with needed resources and services, and increasing resources to meet the demand.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">"The area around the Human Services Campus (HSC) is one of our top priorities," said Rachel Milne, the Director of the City's </span><a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="http://www.phoenix.gov/solutions"><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Office of Homeless Solutions</span></span></a><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> (OHS). “Accelerating existing plans is a strategic move designed to meet the needs not only of those experiencing homelessness, but also the business owners impacted by the large increases in people camping in the area.”</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">This includes people like Lenyne Kinley who never expected to find herself homeless, sleeping in her car outside of the Human Services Campus with her three cats, Oscar, Lovie and Sofia. But when her rent jumped from $1,500 to $2,500 a month, and she got into an accident and couldn’t go back to work, she had nowhere else to go.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">Lenyne called her car home for a month. She said “I refused to leave my car because a lot of my belongings were in there. And then I was worried about the cats because it was getting hotter, and I didn’t want them out there either.” </span><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">She said living in the city’s largest encampment felt unsafe.</span><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> “Things were just complete chaos, no order there.”</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">Outreach workers connected with Lenyne and secured her a bed at the Washington Relief Shelter. “You don’t have to deal with any of that here,” said Kinley Her first night at the shelter, she instantly felt something she hadn’t experienced in a month: safe. “I fell asleep immediately. And a lot of people being out on the street it’s difficult to do.” </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">Lenyne is now working with a navigator at the shelter to find a permanent place to call home. She is just one of 900 people served at the Washington Relief Shelter since it opened as a partnership with St. Vincent de Paul, Community Bridges and Maricopa County one year ago. </span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">Providing services to individuals like Lenyne is central to the City’s plan to relocating those living in the area around the HSC, from 7th Avenue to 15th Avenue, Jefferson to the railroad tracks.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">“The City has accomplished much in the last year such as adding nearly 600 shelter beds and providing long-term storage for individual’s belongings, but we know it’s not enough and much more needs to be done,” said Milne. “That’s why we are taking immediate action to prioritize additional indoor shelter space as well as looking for safe outdoor spaces for these individuals to go.”</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><strong>ACTION PLAN</strong></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The City has an action plan to clean up the encampment which includes adding additional shelter space, enhanced cleaning and offering various alternative locations to</span><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> residents once complete, leading with services to offer options to those relocating and unifying our efforts with regional partners.</span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><strong>ADDITIONAL SHELTER SPACE</strong></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><ul role="list"><li role="listitem" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" aria-setsize="-1" data-list-defn-props="{"335552541":1,"335559684":-2,"335559685":720,"335559991":360,"469769226":"Symbol","469769242":[8226],"469777803":"left","469777804":"","469777815":"hybridMultilevel"}" data-listid="4" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext=""><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">An additional 800 shelter beds will be coming online before the end of next year.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></li><li role="listitem" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="2" aria-setsize="-1" data-list-defn-props="{"335552541":1,"335559684":-2,"335559685":720,"335559991":360,"469769226":"Symbol","469769242":[8226],"469777803":"left","469777804":"","469777815":"hybridMultilevel"}" data-listid="4" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext=""><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The City is also exploring creative solutions such as leasing hotels space to add additional rooms for individuals needing shelter.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></li><li role="listitem" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="3" aria-setsize="-1" data-list-defn-props="{"335552541":1,"335559684":-2,"335559685":720,"335559991":360,"469769226":"Symbol","469769242":[8226],"469777803":"left","469777804":"","469777815":"hybridMultilevel"}" data-listid="4" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext=""><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The City is working with other government partners to identify vacant land and/or buildings which could be used to support those experiencing homelessness.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></li><li role="listitem" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="4" aria-setsize="-1" data-list-defn-props="{"335552541":1,"335559684":-2,"335559685":720,"335559991":360,"469769226":"Symbol","469769242":[8226],"469777803":"left","469777804":"","469777815":"hybridMultilevel"}" data-listid="4" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext=""><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The Office of Homeless Solutions is also exploring creating a safe, outdoor space with restrooms, 24/7 security, onsite services and shade for those who may not be ready to accept an indoor shelter option.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></li></ul></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><strong>ENHANCED CLEANING</strong></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The City resumed its services-driven enhanced cleaning schedule in December 2022. During the cleanings, staff focus on one block in the area, and work with our nonprofit partners to conduct outreach and offer services. “We will help individuals pack up their items and move them to a safe place while crews come in and cleans biohazards and anything else that needs to be cleaned up. While people are in that safe place we’re able to offer them shelter, treatment and we’re able to transport them right there to those services,” Milne said.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">This approach has proven successful; in the five enhanced cleanings since December, more than 2/3 (67%) of people have accepted services and were transported immediately to an indoor location.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">Moving forward, the cleanings will be conducted more frequently and after each cleaning is complete, individuals will no longer be allowed to return to camping on the individual block which has just been cleaned. Staff will continue to lead with services and education, alerting those who are staying in the area to the changes that are coming with communication such as flyers and signage announcing those dates. Those who refuse services will need to find alternative accommodations as they will not be allowed to camp in the right of way.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><strong>LEADING WITH SERVICES</strong></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">“No one person is alike. We need to have diverse options so that people have a choice in where they go. We are committed to working with various partners to create options and reduce as many barriers as possible,” said Milne.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The City provides shelters that accept pets, offer spaces where couples can remain together, and have safe storage options so that people don’t have to worry about leaving behind any of their belongings when entering shelter.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><strong>REGIONAL APPROACH</strong></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">Long-term solutions to cleaning up the encampment require a coordinated effort among State and local municipalities, faith-based groups and non-profit partners.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">”The City recognizes that this is a big task. There are roughly 900 people camping outside the HSC every night. We’ve had offers of assistance from our nonprofit partners, philanthropic groups State of Arizona, Maricopa County, other municipalities. The outpouring of support has been tremendous,” said Milne.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The City is already working to coalesce these different agencies in our unified mission to support the needs of the unsheltered. Securing this alignment will facilitate stronger deployment of all available resources to individuals and help ensure small businesses are protected. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The City of Phoenix has already committed $140 million dollars to homeless solutions since July 2021, with a significant portion of that funding going toward funding ongoing projects that will stretch into at least 2024.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><strong>DASHBOARD</strong></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">You can track work to address homelessness funded by the City on a newly launched </span><a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="https://stories.opengov.com/phoenixaz/published/pxT_nkvrN"><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Office of Homeless Solutions data dashboard</span></span></a><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">. This site highlights the work of projects and services provided by City of Phoenix partners to address homelessness. The dashboard is a tool to help increase transparency and allow the public to track outcomes of people who were assisted by programs that receive funding from the City of Phoenix. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The OHS dashboard includes information on the number of individuals and families served by our contracted partners, and the outcomes of the service provided in three areas: Emergency Shelter, Street Outreach and Rapid Re-Housing.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">“Transparency is a core value of our Office,” said Milne. “We recognize the urgent need to address homelessness in our community and the City of Phoenix is investing more resources than ever before toward those efforts. We want the community to be able to see the results of our investments and the number of people we are helping connect with the right resources to end their homelessness.” </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><strong>HOW TO HELP</strong></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> ​</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">Residents who would like to help individuals experiencing homelessness, or volunteer with organizations who provide vital resources to those who are unsheltered can connect to these organizations through the </span><a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="http://www.givesmartaz.org/"><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Healthy Giving Council</span></span></a><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">. </span></div></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/homeless-solutionsVideohomeless-solutionsHomeless Solutions#PHXSolutionsHomelessness, Homeless Solutions, Office of Homeless Solutions, ShelterKristin Couturier602-568-8126602-534-5627kristin.couturier@phoenix.govcityofphoenixaz

 

 

OAT Releases First Monitoring Reports of Phoenix PD Investigationshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/3027City Manager2/22/2024 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3027/Newsroom_CityHall.jpgOAT Releases First Monitoring Reports of Phoenix PD Investigations<div class="ExternalClass32C51E1E643E4DB1A44B03BD1132FF40"><html> <div> <p> <span style="font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">The City of Phoenix Office of Accountability and Transparency (OAT) has released its first two monitoring reports, highlighting areas where investigations into two high-profile incidents were incomplete or could have been conducted in a more thorough way. The reports are shared with the Phoenix Police Department as part of the City’s ongoing efforts to improve accountability and community trust.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"></span></span><span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:17.3333px;background-color:window;color:windowtext;" data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">Both incidents are from late 2022. The first involved a Wall Street Journal reporter accused of trespassing outside a Phoenix bank, while the second involved a physical altercation between a Phoenix Police officer and a man suspected of stealing a vehicle at a gas station. OAT's review of these incidents identified areas where improvements can be made in the police department's investigative processes.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:17.3333px;background-color:window;color:windowtext;" data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"></span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">Recommendations range from improved information gathering, such as asking more thorough questions to a more thorough review of all evidence available as well as referring cases to the Critical Incident Review Board. You can read the full list of findings from the </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span><a style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" href="/accountabilitysite/Documents/Incident-OAT22-007.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US" style="font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">trespassing</span> </span> </a><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> and </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span><a style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" href="/accountabilitysite/Documents/Incident-OAT22-010.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US" style="font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">gas station incident</span> </span> </a><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> monitoring reports.</span></p><p><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"></span><span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:17.3333px;background-color:window;color:windowtext;" data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">“The release of these monitoring reports marks an important step towards transparency and accountability within the Phoenix Police Department,” said interim OAT Director Shannon Johanni. “OAT’s diligent work is one tool to identify issues within the department, which when addressed will ultimately contribute to improved relationships between law enforcement and the community they serve.”</span></p><p><span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:17.3333px;background-color:window;color:windowtext;" data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Findings have been given directly to interim Police Chief Michael Sullivan. He and his staff are reviewing OAT’s analysis and will respond publicly in writing. The findings will guide future changes to improve policies and processes within the department.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:17.3333px;background-color:window;color:windowtext;" data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"></span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">OAT will continue to monitor investigations within the Phoenix Police Department and provide recommendations for improvement as needed. As additional monitoring reports are released, they will be posted to the </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span><a style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" href="/accountability" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US" style="font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Office of Accountability and Transparency</span> </span> </a><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> website, where you can also learn more about OAT and its mission.</span></p></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNews
Feedback Needed for Proposed West Phoenix Transit Routehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/3028Public Transit2/22/2024 8:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3028/Newsroom_PublicTransit_005.jpgFeedback Needed for Proposed West Phoenix Transit Route<div class="ExternalClass2A2C5DAAC35B486C985E3347039287E3"><html> <p>​Valley Metro and the City of Phoenix are seeking input on the recommended route for the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/west-phoenix-high-capacity-transit-alternatives-analysis">West Phoenix High-Capacity Transit Alternatives Analysis</a>. Based on community feedback and significant technical analysis, a route beginning at Central Avenue/Indian School Road to 75th Avenue/Thomas Road will be shared with the community and recommended for approval. </p> <p>Additionally, two starting points, off the current light rail line at either Central or 19th avenues, were further evaluated based on community feedback. This additional analysis will also be presented to the community. </p> <p>The recommended route is proposed to travel west on Indian School Road from Central Avenue, south on 75th Avenue and west on Thomas Road, ultimately connecting central Phoenix and Maryvale neighborhoods. This route is being advanced based on several factors including highest ridership potential and ability to serve the highest number of transit-reliant customers of the more than 10 potential routes evaluated. </p> <p>The project team will host three public meetings, as well as open up a public comment period to garner input. </p> <p>Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024 (in person)</p> <p>6 – 8 p.m.</p> <p>Westwood Elementary School</p> <p>4711 N. 23rd Ave., <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Phoenix, AZ 85015</span></p> <p> <br> </p> <p>Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024 (in person)</p> <p>6 – 8 p.m. </p> <p>Desert West Community Center</p> <p>6501 W. Virginia Ave., <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Phoenix, AZ 85035</span></p> <p><br></p><p>Wednesday, March 6, 2024 (virtual)</p> <p>6 p.m.<br></p> <p>Join online at <a target="_blank" href="https://valley-metro.webex.com/valley-metro/j.php?MTID=mb9d193a9f676a9a3b80630eba935f288">valley-metro.webex.com</a></p> <p>Join by phone: 1-408-418-9388</p> <p>Webinar number: 2483 146 4471</p> <p>Webinar password: WestPhoenix (93787463 from phones) </p> <p> </p> <p>Spanish Audio Channel: </p> <p>Join by phone: 1-408-418-9388</p> <p>Webinar number: 2484 040 1581</p> <p>Webinar password: 93787463</p> <p> <br> </p> <p>All meetings will provide identical presentations and will be available in English and Spanish. View the digital flyer with .<a target="_blank" href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/h6j7tg/5stcedxe/h2khj4">more information here​</a>. Presentation materials along with a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/webforms/wphx-comment-form-feb-2024">public comment form</a> to submit feedback will be available on the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/west-phoenix-high-capacity-transit-alternatives-analysis">project website​</a> between Feb. 23 and March 15, 2024. Following this round of public feedback, route approval will move forward to the Phoenix City Council, associated subcommittees, and the Valley Metro Rail Board across the months of March – May 2024. ​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNews
Arrest in Baby Skylar Cold Casehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3029Police2/22/2024 6:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/lZhieJgfNC0Arrest in Baby Skylar Cold Case<div class="ExternalClass4C8302AB4C4C428E9D3EFFF6D5E581F6"><html> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">On the morning of October 10, 2005, a newborn baby girl was found deceased and wrapped in a bag in a women’s restroom at Sky Harbor International Airport.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">Over 18 years later</span> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:inherit;">,<span style="border:0px;font:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;"> an arrest has been made in the case of Baby Skylar, the name investigators affectionally named the child.</span></span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">The investigation went cold after all leads were exhausted</span> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:inherit;">. A<span style="border:0px;font:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">fter years of no new leads, the case was ultimately identified as a case to be worked by the FBI Phoenix Violent Crime Task Force, which includes detectives from the Phoenix Police Homicide Unit.</span></span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">“The FBI Violent Crime Task Force is a force multiplier that allows the police departments to partner with the federal law enforcement to combine resources and expertise to bring justice to our victims,” said Homicide Lieutenant James Hester.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">In November of 2021, the FBI and Phoenix Police cold case detectives reviewed existing evidence and utilized Investigative Genetic Genealogy (IGG) to help identify a potential maternal match for the newborn victim.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">“IGG combines unknown crime scene DNA with traditional genealogy research to generate leads for law enforcement to follow,” shared Supervisory Special Agent Dan Horan. “The goal of this approach is to bring people to justice, identify unknown victims and to provide closure for families and the communities in which they live.”</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">Investigators cross-referenced the potential match with evidence originally collected at the scene and identified the probable mother of Baby Skylar.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">In January 2022, investigators traveled to Washington state to execute a search warrant and interview the suspect identified as 51-year-old Annie Anderson. During the interview, investigators confirmed Anderson was the mother of Baby Skylar.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">Anderson had been in the Valley in 2005 on business and admitted to investigators her involvement.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">After a long and extensive investigation that involved numerous members of the Phoenix Police Department and the FBI Phoenix Violent Crime Task Force, a Maricopa County Grand Jury issued an arrest warrant for Anderson for the 1<sup>st</sup> Degree murder of Baby Skylar.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">On December 21, 2023, Anderson was arrested in Washington and is currently in custody, awaiting extradition to Phoenix.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">“Cold case homicides are challenging, and time is often not kind to investigations as our leads dry up leaving detectives few options to move the case forward,” said Homicide Lieutenant James Hester. “The community the we serve rightfully expects that all victims are never forgotten, and cold case homicide detectives carry that responsibility on their shoulders.”</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">The original detectives carried this case with them until they retired. The case had made such an impact on them, that those detectives purchased a headstone for the newborn.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">Once Anderson is extradited, she will be formally charged. This case is not over, it is just the beginning of the judicial process to bring justice for Baby Skylar.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">If you are interested in hearing more about this case, tune into the 5-0 Info show on KTAR on Sunday, February 25, at 5:30 a.m. or watch it after it airs on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/phxpd" target="_blank">youtube.com/phxpd​</a>.</span> </p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo

 

 

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