Camelback Mountain’s Cholla Trail Now Open https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2476Parks and Recreation9/12/2022 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2476/Cholla Trail.jpgCamelback Mountain’s Cholla Trail Now Open <div class="ExternalClassBB1C71F1FD944897AAEDE92075C472AB"><html> <p>​Popular Phoenix hiking trail Cholla Trail at Camelback Mountain reopened to the public on Sept<span style="text-decoration:underline;">.</span> 30, 2022. The trail has been closed due to construction and a trailhead realignment<span style="text-decoration:line-through;">,</span> that moves the trailhead from Cholla Lane to Invergordon Road. The new trailhead will now offer hikers amenities such as a drinking fountain, restrooms and bike racks.  </p> <p>Since the closure of Cholla Trail in 2020, Park Rangers, Park Stewards and a trail contractor have completed hundreds of hours of trail work to improve the upper reaches of the trail. This work included the removal of unstable boulders, significant improvements to the trail tread and the addition of trail posts and wayfinding efforts – important safety improvements for the trail.</p> <p>“Knowing the public interest and popularity, I'm excited for the reopening of Cholla Trail as a safer trail experience for hikers and nearby residents," Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said. “This project is a win-win for residents and hikers alike. Yet, it is important to remember that - even with these wonderful new amenities - it is still very important to hike safely by taking the necessary precautions to avoid heat illness and hiking injuries." </p> <p>“Our Cholla Trail is now ready to open. After an extensive public and development process we are now open as one of the best local trails in Arizona, if not in the United States. I want to personally thank local residents and hikers for their patience in the construction of Cholla Trail," Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio said. “The new trail will reduce foot traffic on Cholla Lane, as well as provide new amenities to hikers with a drinking fountain and bathroom."</p> <p>Completing the Cholla Trail Realignment Project was a joint effort between the Parks and Recreation Department, Street Transportation Department, Phoenix Fire Department and the Town of Paradise Valley. All parties played a crucial role in making this project safe and accessible for first responders, hikers and surrounding residents. </p> <p> <strong>What to Expect </strong> </p> <p>Beginning Sept. 30, the trailhead will open at sunrise and close at sunset. Drinking water will be available but due to nearby residential construction, there will be no chilled water or restroom lights until power can be provided<span style="text-decoration:underline;">,</span> which is expected to occur by late 2022. </p> <p> <strong>Parking</strong> </p> <p>Parking for Cholla Trail will continue to be along Invergordon Road which now includes dedicated spaces for rideshare services to pick-up and drop-off hikers. </p> <p>Additionally, in preparation for the opening of Cholla Trail, the Phoenix Fire Department will be doing some staging as part of training exercises along Invergordon Road in the coming weeks.  </p> <p> <strong>Take a Hike, Do it Right</strong> </p> <p>More than 200 hikers are rescued annually from City of Phoenix desert and mountain parks and preserves. This simple checklist can help keep you from becoming a statistic. Before you hike, follow the Take a Hike, Do it Right guidelines to ensure a safe hike. Learn more at Phoenix.gov/parks/trails/<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationCholla Trail at Camelback MountainParks & RecCholla Trail, Camelback MountainAdam Waltz602-781-1334602-534-6648adam.waltz@phoenix.govPhoenixParks



Cool Pavement Program Hits 100-Mile Markhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2773Street Transportation6/6/2023 6:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2773/100 mile cool pavement event.jpgCool Pavement Program Hits 100-Mile Mark<div class="ExternalClass073A194E4BB94E329D0484668106309D"><html> <p>​​The Phoenix Street Transportation Department has applied the innovative cool pavement seal coat to 100 miles of city streets. Mayor Kate Gallego, and Vice Mayor and District 7 Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari joined with community members, media and city staff to celebrate the milestone on Tuesday in Estrella.<br></p><p>The most recent neighborhood streets to receive the cool seal coating are located in the area bordered by Lower Buckeye Road and Durango Street between 83rd and 79th avenues. That area accounts for approximately five miles of local roadway and crews are working on the application process this week.</p><p>Phoenix's Cool Pavement Program started in 2020. During the last four years, the cool seal coating has been applied to the streets in dozens of neighborhoods citywide and the parking lot of Esteban Park. </p><p>Street Transportation Department staff and Arizona State University researchers have partnered to analyze the impact cool pavement has on the urban heat island effect. Testing has proven a 10.5 to 12 degree Fahrenheit surface temperature difference in the midday and afternoon hours, and that surface temperatures at sunrise averaged 2.4 degrees lower.</p><p>Additionally, the durability of the coating, which acts as sunscreen for the pavement, is being studied to learn if it will lengthen the maintenance life of the pavement surface. Testing to date shows the core temperature of the asphalt is lower, which could lead to a long-term cost efficiency for pavement maintenance.</p><p>Also celebrated on Tuesday was that the cool pavement seal coat is produced locally by manufacturer GuardTop, which in 2017 opened a 120,000-square-foot production facility near downtown Phoenix. Since 2022, the company has exclusively produced the cool pavement material at that facility, which is its Sustainability Hub. In addition to supplying the product to the City of Phoenix, it is shipped to locations domestically and internationally, including Australia, Canada, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.</p><p>The cool pavement coating is a water-based, non-toxic, recyclable product that bonds to asphalt.</p><p>To learn more about Phoenix's Cool Pavement Program, visit <a target="_blank" href="/streets/coolpavement">Phoenix.gov/Streets/CoolPavement</a>. ​</p><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNews
Critical Incident Briefing: May 22, 2023 – 19th Avenue & Phelps Drive https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2772Police6/5/2023 10:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/c_vYXUZhxdoCritical Incident Briefing: May 22, 2023 – 19th Avenue & Phelps Drive <div class="ExternalClass3060A5F3B5414353B0CEF1791CAA8549"><html> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <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> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">​​</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The Phoenix Police Department has released a Critical Incident Briefing (CIB) video that includes audio, visuals and information related to an officer-involved shooting (OIS) which occurred on May 22nd, 2023. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">This incident occurred in the area of 19th Avenue & Phelps Drive when Phoenix Police contacted a woman who had previously refused to stop during a lawful traffic stop.  </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">This incident originally began in the area of 35th Avenue and Glendale Avenue when Phoenix Police received a call about a woman who was unresponsive inside of a running vehicle in a nearby parking lot.   </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Two officers responded to the area and located the vehicle. Initially the woman was not responsive but appeared to wake up as officers were in the parking lot. She was given commands to put the vehicle in park and instead drove out of the parking lot. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Officers followed the vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop. The vehicle pulled over in a nearby apartment complex where the driver was given multiple commands to turn the vehicle off and throw the keys out of the car. The woman did not comply with any of these commands and again took off from officers. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The Phoenix Police helicopter was overhead and followed the car for about 15 minutes until it was in the area of 19th Avenue and Phelps Drive. This is where officers with the Tactical Support Bureau immobilized the vehicle. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Once the vehicle was stopped, officers positioned themselves around the vehicle.  Officers gave multiple commands for the woman to show her hands and turn off the car.  The woman did not comply and produced an object perceived to be a handgun and pointed it at an officer. This is when multiple officers discharged their firearms.   </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">After the shooting, the woman was ordered to show her hands and did not fully comply. An officer deployed two rounds from a less lethal 40 mm launcher at the driver’s window to remove the glass giving officers a clearer view of the woman.   </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The deployment of the 40 mm did not remove the glass. An officer used an OC spray Mark 9 canister to deliver an irritant into the car to coax the woman out. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">After the OC spray, officers broke out the driver’s door window. The woman got out of the car through the open window and was taken into custody.  </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Officers provided medical aid to the woman until the Phoenix Fire Department arrived. She was taken to the hospital where she was treated for her injuries.   </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The object believed to be a handgun that the woman had was found on scene. It was later determined to be a butane lighter resembling a handgun. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Two officers involved in this incident are assigned to the Tactical Support Bureau and each have approximately 17 years of service with the department.  </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The other officer is assigned to the South Mountain Precinct and has approximately 5 years with the department. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">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. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Public records law required 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. </span></div> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo
Phoenix Police Rolls Out New Crime Reduction Planhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2771Police6/5/2023 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2771/CRIME REDUCTION PLAN NEWSROOM.pngPhoenix Police Rolls Out New Crime Reduction Plan<div class="ExternalClass00A71488DE524E8A82880C1B33188E2C"><html> <p>​​​The Phoenix Police Department has developed a <a href="/policesite/Documents/Crime_Reduction_Plan.pdf" target="_blank">Crime Reduction Plan​</a> aimed at preventing and controlling criminal activity in Phoenix, while striving to enhance the quality of life for both the businesses and citizens.<br></p> <p>Interim Police Chief Michael Sullivan directed his staff to come up with a plan that was victim centered and implemented solution-oriented policing, focusing on evidence-based practices.</p> <p>The plan includes a strategy to focus on four priorities to prevent and control crime.</p> <ul style="margin-bottom:0in;color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-top:0in;"> <li> <p>The most violent people<br></p> </li> <li> <p>The most active areas</p> </li> <li> <p>Prohibited possessors</p> </li> <li> <p>Violent offenders with outstanding arrest warrants.</p> </li> </ul> <p>“The safety of the public is our number one priority. We are committed to addressing the issue of gun violence and other violent crime that has taken the lives of too many of our community members,” said Interim Phoenix Police Chief Michael Sullivan.</p> <p>A key tenant of the crime plan is to continue to partner with our community, other city departments and prosecuting agencies to improve the overall safety and quality of life for our community members. </p> <p>This overarching plan emphasizes a commitment to continual improvement and evaluation. Crime reduction tactics will be reviewed constantly to ensure the Department is implementing efficient innovative solutions that achieve the goals set forth.</p> <p>“The partnership between police and community members must be rooted in confidence and trust. I will lead this department to become a self-assessing, self-correcting agency, which will lead to continuous improvement and strengthen community trust,” said Sullivan.</p> <p>Working within this framework, each Precinct and Bureau Commander will develop an individualized custom action plan. The goal will be to reduce violent crime by 5% and property crime by 8%.</p> <p>The success of the Crime Reduction Plan will take the work of all our employees, both sworn and professional staff, in all work units of the Department. It will also rely on the continued strengthening of the trusted relationship between law enforcement and the community</p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> <p>View the plan:<a href="/policesite/Documents/Crime_Reduction_Plan.pdf" target="_blank"> https://www.phoenix.gov/policesite/Documents/Crime_Reduction_Plan.pdf​​</a><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeNews



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