Fire Ban in Desert Parks and Preserves Starts May 1https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2728Parks and Recreation4/17/2023 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2728/Phoenix-Mountain-Preserve.jpgFire Ban in Desert Parks and Preserves Starts May 1<div class="ExternalClass6910694CC97D4DC092073EAF40A6C8DB"><html> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">​​​T​​he <a href="/parks/" target="_blank">Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department</a> will put into effect its annual ban of open fires in the city's desert parks and mountain preserves starting Monday, May 1. The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department's <a href="https://www.maricopacountyparks.net/maricopa-countys-regional-parks-to-implement-annual-fire-ban-on-may-1/" target="_blank">annual fire ban goes into effect the same day​</a>.</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">In consultation with the Phoenix Fire Department, smoking and charcoal fires are included in the ban due to the extreme fire danger that the combination of low humidity, increased temperatures, excessive dry vegetation, and frequent high winds create each spring.</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">The ban applies to Camelback Mountain, Deem Hills Recreation Area, Lookout Mountain, Papago Park, Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area, Phoenix Mountains Preserve, Phoenix Sonoran Preserve, North Mountain Park, Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, and South Mountain Park/Preserve.</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">The ban does not apply to the city's flatland parks.</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">For those using the city's desert parks and preserve land, the fire ban stipulates the following:</p> <ul dir="" class=""> <li> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">Open wood and charcoal fires are prohibited<br></p> </li> <li> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">Propane or gas grills may be used, but only in established picnic areas</p> </li> <li> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">Smoking outside enclosed vehicles is prohibited year-round</p> </li> <li> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">Fireworks are prohibited year-round</p> </li> </ul> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">Motorists traveling through or near Phoenix's desert parks and mountain preserves should use extreme care with smoking materials and dispose of those only in their vehicle's ash tray.</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">To protect their homes, residents whose property borders the city's preserve land may remove dry shrubs, brush and grasses, and trim dead branches from trees within the 10-foot strip of land that borders their property. By creating this 10-foot "buffer zone" residents can help to protect their homes from potential brush fires in the adjacent preserve land.</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">Preserve neighbors also should check irrigation lines and pool back-flush hoses to ensure that water is not seeping into the preserve. Outside water sources encourage unnaturally dense vegetation growth, which increases fire risk.</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">For general information regarding removing vegetation, residents can contact a Phoenix Park Ranger at 602-495-5458 or <a href="mailto:natural.resources.pks@phoenix.gov." target="_blank">natural.resources.pks@phoenix.gov </a>.</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">As the temperature increases and humidity drops this time of year, those utilizing the city's desert parks and mountain preserves should use extra caution. Heat-related illness is common from May to October, and generally occur because the victim has been overexposed to heat or overexerted their body based on physical condition or age.<br></p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and Phoenix Fire Department remind trail users to <a href="/parks/trails" target="_blank">"Take a Hike. Do it Right."</a> when enjoying the city's desert parks and mountain preserves. <a href="/parks/trails" target="_blank">View a hiking safety checklist and guidelines</a>.</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">For the safety of pets, dogs are prohibited on any City of Phoenix trail when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. The Arizona Humane Society advises that temperatures in the 90s are also unsafe for pets to be outdoors. <a href="https://www.azhumane.org/events/dont-leave-pets-kids-hot-cars/" target="_blank">Learn how to keep pets safe during Arizona's warm weather months</a>.</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">Detailed information about Phoenix's 41,000-plus acres of desert parks and mountain preserves, and 200-plus miles of trails, is available at <a href="/parks" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Parks</a>. ​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationPhoenix Mountain PreserveParks & RecAdam Waltz602-781-1334602-534-6648adam.waltz@phoenix.govPhoenixParksThe annual ban of open fires in Phoenix's desert parks and mountain preserves goes into effect May 1.



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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