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City Takes Proactive Safety Steps to Protect Residents as Extreme Summer Heat Hits Phoenix https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/2387Human Services6/16/2022 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2387/Newsroom_HumanServices_005.jpgCity Takes Proactive Safety Steps to Protect Residents as Extreme Summer Heat Hits Phoenix <div class="ExternalClass3E532BAB936E48028E24DFAEC36AE845"><html> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:14.6667px;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">The City of Phoenix is proactively working to reverse the trend of increasing heat-related deaths in Maricopa County and save lives this summer by increasing resources dedicated to heat respite. In 2021, there were 338 heat-associated deaths in Maricopa County. Of those, 130 (42%) were among people experiencing homelessness. The number of heat-associated deaths among those experiencing homelessness declined by 24% from 2020 to 2021 while the overall number of heat-associated deaths continued to rise. </span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:14.6667px;" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335551550":1,"335551620":1,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"></span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">The City is dedicated to providing safe places where people in need can go to cool down during the hot summer months.  That includes providing heat respite for more than 1,600 people during the day and 1,180 people at night, either through direct funding or partnerships with Maricopa County and non-profit agencies. In 2022, the City has added the following new resources:</span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span> </span></div> <div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"></span> </span></div> <div> <ul role="list"> <li data-aria-level="1" role="listitem" data-aria-posinset="1" aria-setsize="-1" data-listid="5" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext=""><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">A total of four new shade structures at the Human Services Campus (HSC). There is an enclosed shade structure with air conditioning at 9</span> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> <span style="" data-fontsize="11">th</span> </span> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> Avenue and Jackson which can serve 120 people during the day. There are also three new additional shade structures with evaporative cooling on the Campus lawn and at 12</span> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> <span style="" data-fontsize="11">th</span> </span> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> Avenue and Madison, which can serve 200 people during the day. People do not need an HSC identification card, or any ID, to access the cooling tents at 9</span> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> <span style="" data-fontsize="11">th</span> </span> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> Avenue and Jackson or at 12</span> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> <span style="" data-fontsize="11">th</span> </span> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> Avenue and Madison. </span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </span></li> </ul> </div> </div> <div> <div> <ul role="list"> <li data-aria-level="1" role="listitem" data-aria-posinset="1" aria-setsize="-1" data-listid="5" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext=""><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The Office of Heat Response and Mitigation (OHRM) is distributing high-quality, insulated, reusable water bottles; hats; sunscreen; personal misters; and cooling towels to those who are in need around the Human Services Campus, and across the city. Volunteers with the We’re Cool program are helping distribute supplies on the streets several times each week.</span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </span></li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul role="list"> <li data-aria-level="1" role="listitem" data-aria-posinset="2" aria-setsize="-1" data-listid="5" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext=""><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">OHRM has also provided 30,000 of the above-mentioned heat relief items free of charge to 30 community nonprofit organizations that in turn help distribute the items through their own outreach efforts.</span> </span></li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul role="list"> <li data-aria-level="1" role="listitem" data-aria-posinset="3" aria-setsize="-1" data-listid="5" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext=""><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The City provided additional ice chests and water for distribution at the Human Services Campus located at 9</span> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> <span style="" data-fontsize="11">th</span> </span> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> Avenue and Jackson and 12</span> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> <span style="" data-fontsize="11">th</span> </span> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> Avenue and Madison.</span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </span></li> </ul> </div> </div> <div> <div> <ul role="list"> <li data-aria-level="1" role="listitem" data-aria-posinset="1" aria-setsize="-1" data-listid="5" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext=""><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The City identified a vacant building at 2739 E. Washington St. and quickly created a 24/7 heat respite center for 200 people which opened in mid-May. The shelter provides wraparound services and is unique in that it prioritizes serving people experiencing homelessness in the neighborhood surrounding the shelter and in the area surrounding the Human Services Campus. $16 million of the approved ARPA Second Tranche Strategic Plan is dedicated to keeping this facility open beyond the summer for an additional two years, through at least December 2024. </span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </span></li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul role="list"> <li data-aria-level="1" role="listitem" data-aria-posinset="2" aria-setsize="-1" data-listid="5" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext=""><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The City funded the new $1.6 million Respiro Structure, which opened in March at the Human Services Campus, adding 100 shelter beds to provide day and nighttime respite for people experiencing homelessness. </span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </span></li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul role="list"> <li data-aria-level="1" role="listitem" data-aria-posinset="3" aria-setsize="-1" data-listid="5" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext=""><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The City funded 175 new beds at Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS), expanding its capacity to 600 people. The City also worked with CASS to expand services to include daytime heat respite instead of offering respite only at night.</span> </span></li> </ul> </div> </div> <div> <div> <ul role="list"> <li data-aria-level="1" role="listitem" data-aria-posinset="1" aria-setsize="-1" data-listid="5" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext=""><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">OHRM developed an outreach plan in coordination with the Human Services Department (HSD) for those around the Human Services Campus. The goals are as follows:</span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </span></li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul role="list"> <ul> <li data-aria-level="2" role="listitem" data-aria-posinset="1" aria-setsize="-1" data-listid="9" data-font="Courier New" data-leveltext="o"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">Guide individuals to the new, enclosed cooling tent and other available resources via direct contacts and signage</span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span> </span></li> <li data-aria-level="2" role="listitem" data-aria-posinset="2" aria-setsize="-1" data-listid="9" data-font="Courier New" data-leveltext="o"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">Provide heat relief supplies at/near the cooling tent</span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span> </span></li> <li data-aria-level="2" role="listitem" data-aria-posinset="3" aria-setsize="-1" data-listid="9" data-font="Courier New" data-leveltext="o"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">Monitor use of shade/cooling/water areas on and around HSC</span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span> </span></li> <li data-aria-level="2" role="listitem" data-aria-posinset="3" aria-setsize="-1" data-listid="9" data-font="Courier New" data-leveltext="o"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"></span>Collect temperature/thermal comfort measurements in various shade/cooling areas<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;" data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span></span></li> <li data-aria-level="2" role="listitem" data-aria-posinset="3" aria-setsize="-1" data-listid="9" data-font="Courier New" data-leveltext="o"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Provide information about additional nearby cooling centers and hydration stations if needed.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;" data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"> </span></span></li> </ul> </ul> </div> </div> <div> <div> <ul role="list"> <li data-aria-level="1" role="listitem" data-aria-posinset="1" aria-setsize="-1" data-listid="9" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext=""><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The City provided additional funding to the Human Services Campus and Community Bridges, Inc. for outreach teams focused on engaging people who are unsheltered and encouraging people to come to safe, indoor spaces.</span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span> </span></li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul role="list"> <li data-aria-level="1" role="listitem" data-aria-posinset="2" aria-setsize="-1" data-listid="12" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext=""><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">On June 7, the Phoenix City Council approved an additional $70.5 million in affordable housing and homelessness projects as part of the City’s ARPA Second Tranche Strategic Plan. An additional $9M was committed in the ARPA Second Tranche Strategic Plan to tree and shade initiatives that will contribute to long-term heat mitigation and thermal comfort for residents and visitors. The City had previously dedicated $50 million to homeless solutions in the fiscal year 2021-22</span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </span></li> </ul> </div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"></span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span> </span></div> </div> <div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">Additionally, the City works with several community partners to continue previously-offered heat relief options including:  </span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559685":720,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"> </span> </span></div> <div> <ul role="list"> <li data-aria-level="1" role="listitem" data-aria-posinset="1" aria-setsize="-1" data-listid="5" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext=""><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The Lodestar Day Resource Center (LDRC) at the Human Services Campus provides day and night heat relief for 100 people.</span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </span></li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul role="list"> <li data-aria-level="1" role="listitem" data-aria-posinset="2" aria-setsize="-1" data-listid="5" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext=""><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">St. Vincent de Paul provides day and night heat relief for 180 people in its dining hall.</span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </span></li> </ul> </div> </div> <div> <div> <ul role="list"> <li data-aria-level="1" role="listitem" data-aria-posinset="1" aria-setsize="-1" data-listid="5" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext=""><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The Justa Center provides daytime heat respite for 120 people.</span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> ​</span> </span></li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul role="list"> <li data-aria-level="1" role="listitem" data-aria-posinset="2" aria-setsize="-1" data-listid="5" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext=""><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The City of Phoenix is part of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG)’s regional Heat Relief Network, which offers cooling centers and hydration stations to people in need throughout the County. More than 50 of the 100+ cooling centers are within Phoenix city limits.</span> <br style=""><span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"></span><span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></span></li> <li data-aria-level="1" role="listitem" data-aria-posinset="3" aria-setsize="-1" data-listid="5" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext=""><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">Free transportation to cooling centers and hydration stations is available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. by calling 2-1-1, thanks to a generous contribution from Arizona Public Service (APS). </span> <br style=""><span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"></span><span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></span></li> <li data-aria-level="1" role="listitem" data-aria-posinset="4" aria-setsize="-1" data-listid="5" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext=""><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The City invites participation in direct heat relief outreach efforts to vulnerable community members through the We’re Cool and Cool Callers programs. Those interested to participate can learn more and sign up at phoenix.gov/volunteer. </span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </span></li> </ul> </div> </div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">To learn more about how to manage the extreme heat of summer visit </span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="/heatsite"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Phoenix.gov/HeatSite</span> </span> </span></a><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> and </span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="http://www.heataz.org/"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">HeatAZ.org</span> </span> </span></a><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">. </span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"></span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">Find cooling stations and water through the Heat Relief Network: </span><a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="https://hrn.azmag.gov/"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">hrn.azmag.gov</span></span></a><span style="font-size:14.6667px;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"></span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"></span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">View heat-health data: </span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="https://www.maricopa.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/5404"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">https://www.maricopa.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/5404</span> </span> </span></a><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"></span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335551550":1,"335551620":1,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span></div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNewshuman-servicesDr. David Hondula and City of Phoenix volunteers conducting heat relief outreach HS@phxhumanservice @HeatReadyPHX #ExtremeHeat #PHXHeat #PHXSummerheat relief, homelessness, respite, unsheltered, shelterKristin Couturier602-568-8126602-534-5627kristin.couturier@phoenix.govPHXHumanServiceDr. David Hondula and City of Phoenix volunteers conducting heat relief outreach

 

 

Agri-Food Tech Innovation Grant recipients named https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2398Environment & Sustainability6/24/2022 10:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2398/Newsroom _OEP_1.jpgAgri-Food Tech Innovation Grant recipients named <div class="ExternalClass2447CD2BC23645AD976DE7A7028DC810"><html> <p>​The Phoenix City Council <a href="/cityclerksite/City%20Council%20Meeting%20Files/6-15-22%20Formal%20Agenda-FINAL.pdf" target="_blank">approved</a> seven recipients of the <a href="/oep/food-grants" target="_blank">Agri-Food Tech Innovation Grant</a> to help them adopt agri-food technologies and innovations into their operations.</p> <p>The grant is part of the ARPA-funded <a href="/oep/food-overview" target="_blank">Phoenix Resilient Food System Initiative</a>, which provides for increased local food production and access to healthy foods; support for food banks, food pantries and community agencies; and business and employment opportunities throughout the food system spectrum.</p> <p>The Office of Environmental Programs selected five recipients that are committed to advancing food equity through their modern methods and processes:</p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""> <li> <strong> <a href="https://freshkube.com/?msclkid=a088bbb4d0b011ec89a257f28f5a93cf" target="_blank">FreshKube Inc.</a> </strong>will put the grant funding toward sensors, refrigeration, and solar panels as they help small growers and distributors. The money will allow them to build six mini containers and a portable micro-solar farm, giving growers cost-effective, transportable, temperature-controlled containers that can be powered by renewable energy.<br></li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://sites.google.com/asu.edu/indoorfarminglab" target="_blank">Arizona State University (ASU) Indoor Farming Lab</a> </strong> is focusing on Indoor Vertical Farming (IVF). The Agri-Food Tech Innovation Grant will help the research lab conduct two, three-day workshops about the benefits of IVF within the food system. Funds will pay for personnel, publication, and training expenses. ASU is also providing a 100% cost share match.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://lehrgarden.com/" target="_blank">Lehr Innovations LLC</a> </strong>, with its existing Linking Ecosystem and Hardware for Regeneration (LEHR) Gardens, is no stranger to agricultural technology. With this grant, Lehr Innovations will be able to improve growing efficiency by building a testing site to measure the differences in water usage, soil carbon sequestration, costs, and productivity between its LEHR gardens and traditional, in-ground farming methods.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="http://www.nxthorizon.com/Home.html" target="_blank">NxT Horizon LLC</a> </strong> uses aquaponics to help urban farmers maximize food yield without toxic wastes or chemical runoffs. Funds awarded to NxT Horizon will go toward developing a pilot program to demonstrate methods using the giant freshwater prawn within the Phoenix Backyard Garden Program's aquaponics garden system.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/yobroaz/" target="_blank">YoBro Farms</a> </strong> will expand its vertical microgreen growing business by implementing an outdoor, solar-powered farming system that will enhance resiliency and expand sustainable food production practices. The farm will use funds to buy photovoltaic supplies, a shed, and other materials.</li> </ul> <p>The Office of Mayor Kate Gallego is awarding funds to the following:<br></p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""> <li> <strong> <a href="https://phxfood.coop/" target="_blank">Phoenix Food Cooperative</a> </strong> will create the “Phoenix Cooperative Food Hub," a tech-enabled online directory and marketplace for producers, consumers, and distributors in the Phoenix food system. Grant funds will be used primarily for labor costs as Phoenix Food Cooperative establishes Phoenix's first cooperative grocery store that aggregates local food sources from Phoenix growers and producers and connects residents, retailers, and other consumers.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://homerfarms.com/" target="_blank">Homer Farms Inc.​</a> </strong>, a vertical farm startup, will locate in Phoenix to build the first vertical farm in the City of Phoenix. The facility will use LED lights and deep-water hydroponic cultivation technologies, which will produce a minimum of 500,000 pounds of produce per year while using 95 percent less water than traditional agriculture. Grant funds will be used for equipment such as growing racks and lighting. </li> </ul> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNews
Critical Incident Briefing: June 10, 2022 – 91st Avenue and McDowell Roadhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2397Police6/24/2022 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Dyrzqgg5X4Critical Incident Briefing: June 10, 2022 – 91st Avenue and McDowell Road<div class="ExternalClass981DB1335D1C4D3EB02FFF2DDD533B68"><html> <p>​</p> <p> <strong>WARNING: The attached video may contain strong language as well as graphic images which may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised.</strong> <br> <br>The Phoenix Police Department has released a Critical Incident Briefing (CIB) video that includes audio, visuals and information related to an in-custody death which occurred on June 10, 2022.</p> <p>This incident occurred in the area of 91st Avenue and McDowell Road when Phoenix police received several calls about a man believed to be under the influence, banging his head against a vehicle, and acting erratic.</p> <p>Officers were dispatched to the scene and learned the subject of the call may also be bleeding. Tolleson fire personnel were also dispatched. </p> <p>The first officer to arrive at the business saw the subject of the call, later identified as Caleb Blair, and attempted to give him commands via a public announcement system. The officer saw Blair nude, and acting erratically. Additional officers arrived and Blair was detained for his safety and taken to a shady section of the parking lot. Officers also requested fire personnel, who were staging nearby, to respond to the scene.</p> <p>Minutes later, the Tolleson Fire Department arrived on the scene and began treating Blair. After a short time, his handcuffs were removed to better provide medical care.</p> <p>While being treated, Blair lost consciousness. Life saving measures were rendered, and he was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.</p> <p>The officers involved in this incident are assigned to the Maryvale-Estrella Precinct and have 5, 6, and 7 years of service respectively, with the department.</p> <p>Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete. An internal investigation by the Professional Standard Bureau is currently underway, in addition to a criminal investigation. Once the criminal investigation is complete it will then be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.</p> <p>Public records law requires redaction of certain personal identifying information before video is released publicly. That is why you may see some parts of Body Worn Camera (BWC) blurred or covered with a black box. Redacted video is released to local media in conjunction with the release of this Critical Incident Briefing for independent review and publication. Complete, unedited versions of the BWC are released to attorneys and the courts as evidence in a criminal case.​<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo
Celebrate Waste and Recycling Workers Week – Consider a Career in Public Works!https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-works/2394Public Works (Trash and Recycling)6/23/2022 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2394/Newsroom_PublicWorks_WRWW2022.pngCelebrate Waste and Recycling Workers Week – Consider a Career in Public Works!<div class="ExternalClassF9D5E09EC1064C1E8B842915CE40FB35"><html> <p>With more than 600 employees under its Solid Waste arm, the City of Phoenix Public Works Department provides trash, recycling and other waste diversion services to more than 400,000 households within Phoenix's 500+ square miles. Last year, this team collected nearly 700,000 tons of refuse, recycling and green organics. Join us in thanking these public servants during <a href="https://www.wasterecyclingworkersweek.org/" target="_blank">Waste and Recycling Workers Week</a>, and every week, for their dedication to making Phoenix a clean and sustainable place to live.</p> <p>Solid Waste Equipment Operators (SWEO), or garbage truck drivers, are at the heart of this massive operation. These professionals are reliable yet flexible – they always get the job done, but still make time to high-five excited toddlers along their routes.</p> <p>As Phoenix rapidly grows, so does the need for these essential workers. The Public Works Department is actively recruiting to fill more than 40 SWEO vacancies. </p> <p>A career as a SWEO is rewarding and has many opportunities for advancement and on-the-job training. There are opportunities for current CDL drivers and apprenticeships for those seeking their CDL. Learn more and apply at <a href="http://www.phoenix.gov/jobs" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Jobs</a>.​<br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/publicworksNews

 

 

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