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Phoenix Police Unveils Newly Renovated Victim Centerhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3076Police4/15/2024 7:30:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/nXBTOnrKQ2M?si=hNHOrmMnSYZUa-hIPhoenix Police Unveils Newly Renovated Victim Center<div class="ExternalClass998DE69D666F4803AC00AD9A9E79D05F"><html> <p>​After nearly four years, the newly renovated Victim Center was unveiled Thursday at the Phoenix Family Advocacy Center.<br></p> <p>The Victim Center is the home base of the Phoenix Police Department's Family Investigations Bureau where detectives, nurses and victim advocates investigate sexual and domestic violence cases as well as interview victims, some of whom may be reporting crimes for the first time. The center first opened in 1999 and last renovations happened more than 10 years ago.</p> <p>In collaboration with the Phoenix Police Foundation, the City of Phoenix was able to fund a significant renovation of the center through a public-private partnership.</p> <p>The new center now has private waiting rooms that can accommodate families and children, warmer interview rooms and enhanced privacy measures.</p> <p>"Anyone that comes through these doors is having a really terrible day," said Phoenix Police Commander Sara Garza, “so whatever we can do here to make sure that we're doing everything that we can to make it less terrible is our goal."</p> <p>In 2023, Phoenix PD received just under 34,000 calls for service involving domestic violence and investigated just over 800 sexual assault cases. For those victims, having a warm, comfortable and safe environment is crucial.</p> <p>"These victims had a very tiny waiting room, so they had no privacy," Garza said. “So, if you were reporting something and we had another victim waiting for, let's say, a nurse's exam or a detective interview, they might be sitting together, and victims always value privacy, especially during these sensitive investigations."</p> <p>“It's crucial for a victim to come into a space that is comfortable and a safe place," said Debbie Valenzuela, a victim advocate with the City of Phoenix Victim Services. “It's not just a big deal for us as advocates and detectives, but also the nurses. But it's big on the victims knowing that they are here in a nice, comfortable place, will welcome them when working with victims of sexual and domestic violence."</p> <p>The new design will provide a comfortable setting that respects the privacy and needs of victims during their most challenging times.</p> <p>"This is going to make an environment for somebody that's really having a horrible day into something that is a little bit more pleasant, allows the detectives to do their jobs, allows people to report their crimes and feel more comfortable doing so," said President of the Phoenix Police Foundation Tim Thomas.</p> <p>"I hope that all victims that come through the center leave with their dignity and their respect intact," said Garza, “that they have trust in the police and our victim advocates and the whole system, that we will give it the best chance towards justice for them and they leave as a whole person."<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideopolicePolice
Chief Sullivan Concerned Over Violent Attacks on Officershttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3073Police4/11/2024 10:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/T0vHLX-IIMc?si=P0oPzMxHSDkHE_mSChief Sullivan Concerned Over Violent Attacks on Officers<div class="ExternalClassBD66F8E6A9C342A7BC0F094A83C31606"><html> ​Interim Phoenix Police Chief Michael Sullivan is concerned about the recent violent attacks against two Phoenix police officers that nearly cost them their lives.<br><br>Both unprovoked attacks took place within eight days of each other when officers were doing the job the community expects of them.<br><br>Chief Sullivan's concern is that if these attacks are perpetrated on uniformed police officers charged with keeping our community safe, what are these suspects willing to do to the general public?<br><br>“The frequency and seriousness of these attacks on the guardians of this community cause me great concern,” Chief Sullivan said. “And it should concern the public as well. This cannot become the norm.”<br><br>On Friday, March 29, 2024, Officer Harold Boswell was working off-duty security in full uniform when a woman ran up to him in the south Phoenix parking lot yelling for help. As the officer made his way toward the trouble, he was ambushed with a barrage of bullets. He was struck multiple times and, thankfully, his injuries were non-life threatening. He spent several days in the hospital and is now recovering at home.<br><br>On Sunday, April 7, 2024, another officer was responding to a trespassing call at a convenience store. As the officer was escorting the subject out of the store, the subject suddenly pulled out a large knife and stabbed the officer. A store security guard and clerk reacted immediately to assist the critically injured officer.<br><br>“If it were not for the intervention and incredible actions of the security guard and one of the clerks at the convenience store coming to the aid of our officer, we would have had a very different outcome,” said Chief Sullivan. “I want to personally thank them both.”<br><br>Sullivan fears that during these challenging times, incidents like these will be overlooked. He trusts that this community will not allow these behaviors to become the norm.<br><br>“These brave men and women put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve our city, and it is unacceptable that they should face such senseless violence,” Phoenix City District 1 Councilwoman Ann O’Brien said. “Attacks on law enforcement officers not only jeopardize public safety but also undermine the very fabric of our society.”<br><br>The Phoenix Police Department prides itself on having an excellent relationship with the community it serves. The department remains committed to reducing and preventing crime, maintaining public trust, and bringing justice to victims of crime.<br><br>The department held a news conference Thursday with Violent Crimes Bureau Lieutenant James Hester and PIO Sergeant Mayra Reeson.<br></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideopolicePolice
Two Retire from Police Executive Teamhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3069Police4/4/2024 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3069/Chapman_Cooper_Retirement.pngTwo Retire from Police Executive Team<div class="ExternalClass1227AD418D1B437BAC125FCE5C8681F3"><html> <p> ​This week, the department says thank you to two dedicated individuals as they retire from the department and move onto other organizations. </p> <p> Assistant Chief Bryan Chapman is retiring after 24 years with Phoenix Police and has been selected to be the next Chief of Police for the City of Chandler. </p> <p> "Phoenix PD has been my home for the last 24 years and I will be forever grateful for the memories, the relationships, and the opportunities to serve in this great organization," shared Chapman. </p> <p> Chapman has held assignments in Central City and Mountain View Precincts, Violent Crimes Bureau, Family Investigations Bureau, Downtown Operations Unit and the Training Bureau. He was promoted to Assistant Chief in 2021 and assigned to the Organizational & Development Division. </p> <p> Assistant Director Jesse Cooper is retiring from the department after a 29-year career. Director Cooper started his career as a communications operator and worked his way up the chain to being promoted to police administrator over the Communications Bureau in 2015. </p> <p> “This has been a special place for me to spend my career and I am honored to have been a part of the efforts and initiatives that have hopefully made a lasting difference for public safety,” said Cooper. “I have worked with so many diverse individuals over the years and my success would not have been possible without your partnership and support from your organization.” </p> <p> He has taken a position with National Telecommunications and Information Administration/FirstNet to work on future innovation and technology efforts. </p> <p> <span data-markjs="true">Congratulations</span> to Chief Chapman and Director Cooper on your retirements! Thank you for your many years of service to Phoenix and good luck with the new positions!<br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeNewspolicePolice
Women in Law Enforcement https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3066Police4/3/2024 7:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/kZxfva29-W0?si=eWQoYvl39uTC98_HWomen in Law Enforcement <div class="ExternalClassBD6F0E7D7F724AD5A621F432C5E2B051"><html> <p>​Officers have been patrolling the streets of Phoenix since 1881, but women serving in that role came decades later. </p> <p>In the 1930s women started working in a law enforcement compacity for the police department, serving as jail matrons. According to the <a href="https://phoenixpolicemuseum.org/" target="_blank">Phoenix Police Museum</a>, during Chief Charles Thomas' career as chief, 1952-1963, the first woman dispatchers were hired, four female officers joined the force and the first female was promoted to sergeant. </p> <p>Fast forward to today, 13 percent of the sworn personnel are female. </p> <p>In January of 2023, the Phoenix Police Department signed the <a href="/policesite/Documents/Media_Advisories/30x30.pdf" target="_blank">30x30 Initiative</a> with a goal to increase representation of women in police recruit classes to 30 percent by 2030.</p> <p>There are several things the department is doing to hopefully reach the goal by 2030. Phoenix Police has been utilizing work groups to advance recruiting, retention, promotion and education.</p> <p>“Through these work groups, we are finding that this will help everyone on the department not just female officers," said Commander Sara Garza. Garza is the commander over seeing recruitment, hiring, community engagement and employee wellness. “This is the first time we have been able to convene groups to study and talk about things like retention, recruitment, education and training."</p> <p>Recently, Commander Garza and Officer Darline Maitland joined Public Information Specialist Nicole Costantino and Sergeant Mayra Reeson on the 5-0 Info Show to talk about women in law enforcement and the 30x30 Initiative. </p> <p>The <a href="https://ktar.com/category/podcast_results/?i=1851&n=5-0+Info" target="_blank"><strong>5-0 Inf o Show </strong></a> airs Sunday mornings on KTAR.<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideopolicePolice
Fallen in the Line of Duty - Officer David Lee “Star” Johnsonhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3051Police3/21/2024 3:40:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/-3DKZbA0TbYFallen in the Line of Duty - Officer David Lee “Star” Johnson<div class="ExternalClass5827CF38DCCB4046B6E35366734D8CFD"><html> <p>On May 2, 1944, Phoenix Police Officer David Lee “Star" Johnson was shot and killed, making him the second Phoenix police officer to die in the line of duty. His sacrifice has never been recognized by the City as a fallen officer. As we near the 80<sup>th</sup> anniversary of his death, the City of Phoenix is now honoring Johnson for paying the ultimate price.</p><p>Johnson's story has never been widely shared by the department. Many officers have not heard of the 36-year-old from Texas and the events surrounding his death. As a result of the persistence and dedication of a few people inside the Phoenix Police Department, his story is now being shared and honor given.</p><p>Phoenix in the 1940s was a very different place than it is today, and so was the nation. The United States had just come out of the Great Depression, World War II was in full swing, and segregation was still prevalent in the country.</p><p>Johnson was an Army veteran and was one of the few African American police officers in Phoenix at the time. He had been an officer for two and a half years when he was killed and was assigned to the walking beat in Downtown Phoenix.</p><p>At that time, African American officers were restricted to working a specific area of the city. Their beat was in the area between First Street and 16<sup>th</sup> Street, Van Buren Street and Jackson Street.</p><p>The story of what happened to Johnson on the day of his death has been pieced together from various police records, court records and newspaper articles by the Phoenix Police Department Historian Sergeant Vincent Cole, and retired Phoenix Police Lieutenant Rob Settembre.</p><p>“This is a very, very complex chain of events that occurred prior to the death, during the death and even after," Cole said.</p><p>On May 2, 1944, Johnson was working with his partner, Officer Joe Davis, when they witnessed a traffic violation and stopped the vehicle near 2<sup>nd</sup> Street and Jefferson Street.</p><p>It is unknown exactly who was in the vehicle at the time of the traffic violation, but Detective Leonce “Frenchy" Navarre is known to have been on the scene and off-duty at the time of the incident. It is also documented that Davis left his partner to go into a business nearby while Johnson was working the traffic stop.</p><p>The records indicate that an argument occurred between Johnson and Navarre over the traffic stop and a ticket that Johnson was going to write for running a stop sign.</p><p>“That resulted in Navarre opening fire on Star. Star fled the area after being shot and collapsed into a nearby business. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died," shared Cole.</p><p>In the following days, Navarre was arrested and charged for the murder of Johnson.</p><p>During the trial, several witnesses were interviewed, and Navarre was quoted saying his justification for the shooting was that Johnson called him a “son of a bitch" and that he would not be treated like that from anyone. Navarre also used a derogatory term referring to Johnson's race during his testimony. The trail resulted in a hung jury. He was retried and the second trial ended with Navarre being acquitted.</p><p>After his acquittal, Navarre was allowed to return to work as a detective and was assigned to Police Headquarters, which back then was at 17 S. 2<sup>nd</sup> Street.</p><p>Davis, upset about the death of his partner and the acquittal of Navarre, confronted Navarre at Headquarters. Davis shot and killed Navarre.</p><p>Like Navarre, there is a hung jury for Davis' first trial. At the second trial, Davis was found guilty of manslaughter. He served a few years in prison and was released on parole.</p><p>“This happened 80 years ago, and it took a lot of digging to put the pieces of the puzzle together, but once we were able to successfully do that, this is the right thing for us to do," said Cole.</p><p>This spring, Johnson will finally be recognized on both a local and national level.</p><p>Settembre and Cole devoted many hours over the years researching and putting the pieces of the puzzle together. They attempted a number of times to get him recognized as a fallen officer, with no luck, until now. The pair was able to get Johnson recognized as a fallen officer by both the City of Phoenix and the <a target="_blank" href="https://nleomf.org/memorial/">National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial</a>.</p><p>Cole shared that it would not have been possible without the help of Executive Assistant Chief Sean Connolly, Executive Assistant Chief Derek Elmore, Commander Shane Disotell and Commander Gabe Lopez for their assistance in research and their support of getting Cole the opportunity to present Johnson's story to Interim Police Chief Michael Sullivan.  </p><p>“When I heard the story and got a full brief, I knew that we had to do the right thing because there is never a wrong time to do the right thing," said Sullivan.</p><p>Settembre had previously gotten Johnson recognized at the state level and his name added to the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.azag.gov/criminal/law-enforcement/pomb/list">Peace Officer Memorial</a> outside of the State Capitol in Wesley Bolin Plaza.</p><p>“Officer Johnson has been recognized for a number of years at the state level, but I think it is very important that we enshrine his name in Washington D.C. so that the rest of the nation knows about this story," Sullivan said.</p><p>On March 21, 2024, the City of Phoenix added Johnson's name on the Employee Memorial Wall located outside of City Hall, 200 W. Washington Street.</p><p>The Phoenix Police Department will honor him on April 30, 2024, for the first time during the 11<sup>th</sup> Annual Phoenix Police Officer Memorial. And on May 2, 2024, the 80<sup>th</sup> anniversary of this death, the police department will unveil a historical marker near the location the shooting, 219 E. Jefferson Street. </p><p>In May, Johnson's name is being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial wall in Washington D.C. during National Police Week. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.policeweek.org/">Police Week</a> is the week that May 15, Peace Officers Memorial Day, falls in and is a week of events that honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.</p><p>The <a target="_blank" href="https://phoenixpolicemuseum.org/">Phoenix Police Museum</a> will also be adding Johnson to their memorial wall, an event is still being planned for the unveiling.</p><p>Johnson was single at the time of his death and unfortunately, no familial connection has been found to represent him during these events. At the time of his death, he was survived by an aunt and uncle.</p><p>Please follow along on the Phoenix Police Department's social media channels, @phoenixpolice, as Johnson is being honored during the various events this spring.​<br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideopolicePolice
Real Time Operation Center Now Operational in Cactus Park Precincthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3053Police3/21/2024 2:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/yyMydaygxx4?si=zki_Amd6Ila_RzFyReal Time Operation Center Now Operational in Cactus Park Precinct<div class="ExternalClass5B2AE43388514DC2B5A1DE08DEAB3C81"><html> <p>The Phoenix Police Department is excited to announce the launch of the Real Time Operation Center (RTOC) in the Cactus Park Precinct. </p> <p>The RTOC went fully operational in January 2024 and leverages the use of technology to fight crime in a designated area of the precinct. The 27<sup>th</sup> Avenue corridor was identified as an area that would benefit from this project. The goal behind the RTOC is to enhance the safety of the area and create a better quality of life for the residents. </p> <p>"After over two years of hard work and coordination from the Police Department, my office, and the Community, I'm proud to say the Real Time Operation Center has officially opened and already providing positive results", said Councilwoman Betty Guardado. "From license plate readers to state-of-the-art cameras and gunshot detection this facility is already making the 27th Avenue Corridor safer." </p> <p>This project began in 2022<span style="text-decoration:line-through;"> </span>when the City Council approved the pilot project to address community safety through a multidepartment, collaborative manner using technology as well as community-based resources. The RTOC is the component that police have brought to this project.</p> <p>“I am very excited that the Real Time Operation Center is now up and running in our Cactus Park Precinct. Thanks to the newly deployed state-of-the-art technology, our hard-working police officers will be able to better support one another on the front lines, in turn improving our overall response to community needs and providing the best service to Phoenicians," said Mayor Kate Gallego. </p> <p>A variety of technological resources have been added to the area which feed information to the RTOC to assist with the efforts to reduce violent crime. The technology includes gunshot detection, mounted cameras and license plate readers. </p> <p>“This is a tremendous investment in our community. I'm excited about this technology and its ability to keep our community safer in pursuit of our mission to prevent and control crime and ultimately provide justice to victims," said Interim Phoenix Police Chief Michael Sullivan. </p> <p>The center is monitored by police personnel who can then give real time information to the officers working the streets. Police assistants, officers and supervisors are working in the RTOC monitoring and feeding the intel.</p> <p>“This is designed to immediately support patrol officers responding to calls," said Lieutenant Scott Cain, resource lieutenant in the Cactus Park Precinct. </p> <p>“I cannot express enough my excitement for the official opening of the Real Time Operation Center," said Councilwoman Ann O'Brien. “Ever since touring a neighboring city's RTOC and hearing about the crimes they've been able to solve with this technology, I knew we had to bring it here to Phoenix. I'm thankful to city staff and the police department for their work to get the 27<sup>th</sup> Avenue Crime Prevention Corridor up and running. This is one more step to creating a safer Phoenix."</p> <p>The gunshot detection equipment has led to hundreds of shell casings being recovered which help solve crimes. When a gunshot is detected, the equipment can triangulate where the gun was fired at within five millimeters. This information is reviewed by the police assistants in the RTOC and then shared with investigators. </p> <p>License plate readers have been used to identify suspects in violent crimes. The RTOC will get alerts for the license plate readers if a stolen vehicle has traveled by one of the readers. </p> <p>The cameras have been a great tool for monitoring crimes in progress. </p> <p>“On several occasions when the officers are going to where the initial call is coming from, they're not aware of the suspect that might be in the area. The staff has been able to guide the officers directly to the suspects who could be blocks away from where the incident occurred," Cain said.</p> <p>The 27<sup>th</sup> Avenue Corridor and the Cactus Park Precinct is not the only area being focused on in this safety project; City Council also approved funding for an RTOC in the Desert Horizon Precinct, targeting Hatcher Road in west Sunnyslope. The RTOC in that precinct is currently being built and will hopefully be operational within the next year. </p> <p>"The opening of the Real Time Operations Center has been in the works for years and is just one piece of the puzzle in improving safety along the 27th Avenue Corridor," said Councilwoman Laura Pastor. "This has been a multi-department approach that utilizes technology and community resources to identify crime and blight in the area."</p> <p>To learn more about the collaborative efforts between all city departments involved please visit the <a href="/citymanager/communitysafetyplans" target="_blank">Safe Phoenix Corridor</a> website.<br></p><br></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideopolicePolice
Silent Witness Case – Homicide of Donte Bargehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3045Police3/13/2024 6:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/8gjxdmzzQesSilent Witness Case – Homicide of Donte Barge<div class="ExternalClass705B177B3F5C4454BE4C37E35EB768E4"><html> <p>This week on the 5-0 Info Show, Lieutenant Vince Lewis and Sergeant Rob Scherer are joined by Sergeant Jen Zak to chat about a <a href="https://silentwitness.org/cases/homicide-donte-barge-in-the-area-of-3400-w-whitton-phoenix/" target="_blank">Silent Witness case</a>.<br><br>The case discussed was a homicide from Sunday, July 4, 2021, in the area of 3400 W. Whitton. The victim, Donte Barge, was involved in an argument early that Sunday morning and was shot by an unknown male suspect.<br><br>A nearby security camera caught the incident and it is recorded on <a href="https://silentwitness.org/cases/homicide-donte-barge-in-the-area-of-3400-w-whitton-phoenix/" target="_blank">video</a>. Any information you may have, could be helpful to investigators. Those with information are encouraged to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or submit a tip online at <a href="https://silentwitness.org/" target="_blank">silentwitness.org</a>.<br><br>You will remain anonymous if you send in a tip and could potentially be given a reward if your information helps lead to an arrest in the case. A tip number is provided when a tip is submitted. The tipster can call back anytime to check the status of a tip or to provide additional information on the case.<br><br>More information about remaining anonymous, additional unsolved cases and the Silent Witness program can be found on their <a href="https://silentwitness.org/" target="_blank">website</a>.<br><br>The <a href="https://ktar.com/category/podcast_results/?i=1851&n=5-0+Info" target="_blank">5-0 Inf​o Show​</a> airs Sunday mornings on KTAR.<br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideopolicePolice
Critical Incident Briefing - February 19, 2024 - 6000 W. McDowell Rd.https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3040Police3/4/2024 10:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/5h3Mq7sJLtsCritical Incident Briefing - February 19, 2024 - 6000 W. McDowell Rd.<div class="ExternalClassB7D39398EE4542B18560BC716BD96B80"><html>​<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 officer-involved shooting (OIS) which occurred on February 19, 2024.<br><br>This incident began in the area of 27th Avenue and Van Buren Street around 10:45 p.m. when patrol officers saw a brown vehicle leave the parking lot of a business at a high rate of speed. <br><br>Officers were unable to catch up to the vehicle, so they relayed the information to other officers in the area. Another officer spotted the vehicle around 34th Avenue and Van Buren Street and attempted to pull it over. <br><br>When the vehicle did not stop, the police helicopter took over and followed the car as patrol units backed off. <br><br>The vehicle continued until it reached the area of 43rd Avenue and Granada Road. The driver got out of the vehicle and ran up to a car with a gun in his hand. The driver of that car reacted and drove away. <br><br>The suspect got back in his car and drove to 60th Lane and McDowell Road. That is where he got out of his car still armed and ran up to another car yelling at that driver. The driver of that car drove away. <br><br>The suspect then ran towards a red car stopped in the roadway. At this point, officers were driving into the area and saw the man approach the car. The driver of that car said the man slammed both hands on the hood of her car holding a gun and demanded she give him her car. He then tried to open her door. <br><br>One officer arrived and a second officer showed up as his back up. Both officers reported seeing the suspect point his gun at one of the officers. <br><br>That is when the suspect and one officer exchanged gunfire. The suspect was hit and fell to the ground. The officer was not hurt.<br><br>After the shooting, officers moved up and provided medical aid to the man until fire personnel arrived. The man was taken to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.<br><br>A gun was recovered near where the suspect was shot. Evidence was found that showed the suspect fired his handgun during the shooting. No officers or community members were injured. <br><br>The car the suspect was driving had been reported stolen.<br><br>The officer involved in this shooting has been with the Department for 20 years and assigned to the Maryvale Estrella Mountain Precinct.<br><br>This incident is the subject of a criminal investigation to be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. <br><br>It is also the subject of an administrative investigation. <br><br><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.<br></p><p><br></p></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideopolicePolice

 

 

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