Phoenix PD Combat Rising Crime, Homicides Up 44%https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/1575Police10/19/2020 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1575/Police_Newsroom_Homicide.pngPhoenix PD Combat Rising Crime, Homicides Up 44%<div class="ExternalClass8E82D13C0BAF4889A00F2C1DBFB8A0FD"><html> <p>More than 12 dozen people have lost their lives in Phoenix this year at the hands of someone else.   The rising homicide rate reflects 148 people whose untimely death has been ruled a homicide.  Hundreds of families and friends are left with an empty seat at the table that can never be filled.</p><p><img src="/policesite/MediaAssets/UCR%20Homicide%202020.png" style="margin:5px;width:535px;height:535px;vertical-align:auto;float:none;" /></p><p>The Phoenix Police Department is responding to this trend of deadly acts of gun violence, gang activity and domestic violence.  </p><p>Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) numbers for January through September show a more than 40% increase in homicides compared to the same time last year.  The summer months (July-Sept) have been particularly dangerous, with the number of homicides more than doubling from the same three months last year.  <br><br><img src="/policesite/MediaAssets/Cities%20Homicide%202020.png" style="margin:5px;width:535px;height:535px;vertical-align:auto;float:none;" /></p><p>The increase seen in Phoenix mirrors a trend happening in major cities across the United States.<br><br>Chicago has seen the largest increase, up 50% percent this year.  But there are double digit increases in nearly all the largest cities in America.  </p><p><strong style="font-size:13pt;">VICTIMS</strong><br><img src="/policesite/MediaAssets/Victims%20Homicide%202020.png" style="margin:5px;width:535px;height:535px;vertical-align:auto;float:none;" /></p><p>Who are these 148 victims?  In a city with slightly more women than men, the victims of homicide are far more likely to be male.  Racially, the City of Phoenix has roughly the same number of white and Hispanics, each making up about 43% of the population.  However, Hispanics make up nearly half of the victims of homicide, with Blacks next at 26%, a number that is almost four times greater than the 7% of overall City population.  Whites make up 21% of the victims with Native Americas at 4% and Asians 2%.<br><br><strong style="font-size:13pt;">SUSPECTS</strong><br><br><img src="/policesite/MediaAssets/Suspects%20Homicide%202020.png" style="margin:5px;width:535px;height:535px;vertical-align:auto;float:none;" /></p><p>In nearly one-third of the homicides in 2020, police do not know the gender or race of the suspect.  This could be due to limited evidence, lack of witnesses or uncooperative witnesses.  Where the identity of the suspect is known, it is 6 times more likely to be a man.  Hispanics make up 27% of the suspects, with black suspects at 22% and white at 17%.<br><br><strong style="font-size:13pt;">GANGS & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE</strong><br style="font-size:13pt;">Motivations behind the violence are not always clear, but the numbers show gang-related homicides have more than tripled over last year and domestic violence deaths have jumped from 12 in 2019 to 35 so far this year.<br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><img src="/policesite/MediaAssets/Gang%20DV%20Homicide%202020.png" style="margin:5px;width:535px;height:535px;vertical-align:auto;float:none;" /><br>The Phoenix Police Department is combating the trend, partnering with other law enforcement agencies on initiatives that focus on the most dangerous and violent criminals.  The department is also supporting the Domestic Violence Help! and Paint Phoenix Purple campaigns designed to raise awareness of resources available for victims of domestic violence.<br><br><span style="font-size:13pt;"><strong>CRIME INITIATIVES</strong></span><br style="font-size:13pt;"><img src="/policesite/MediaAssets/Snake%20Eyes%20Gun.png" style="margin:5px;width:238px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />The Phoenix Police Department partnered with other agencies throughout August and September in a joint law enforcement operation focused on gang members, violent criminals and communities struggling with gun-related crimes.  The initiative lead to 140 arrests with 131 firearms and $145,831 in cash seized.  Officers also removed 3,027 counterfeit Fentanyl pills from the streets.<br><br>A Grand Jury recently indicted more than 30 people as part of an initiative that started after citizen complaints about crime activity in an area around a school and park at 17th Avenue & Pima Street.  The indictment includes charges for sale of illegal drugs, money laundering, and assisting a criminal street gang.<br><br>Project Safe Neighborhoods involves the community and police working together to address crime trends.  This program is currently operating in the South Mountain Precinct, focused on violence happening in the area of 20th Street & Southern.  As of the end of September, the program resulted in more than 100 felony charges with 14 guns seized and 9 stolen vehicles recovered.<br><br>“Investigations like these bring many partners together to address common crime trends in each of our cities," said Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams.  “Working with intelligence driven information allows us to specifically target those individuals who are responsible for crime which often result in violence."<br><br><strong style="font-size:13pt;">DOMESTIC VIOLENCE<br></strong>Not only have the number of domestic violence related homicides risen dramatically in 2020, but the number of calls related to domestic violence has also increased.</p><p>That's why the City of Phoenix launched a “<a target="_blank" href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/homicide-spike-cities-chicago-newyork-detroit-us-crime-police-lockdown-coronavirus-protests-11596395181"><span style="color:purple;">Domestic Violence Help</span></a><span style="color:purple;">!" </span>campaign in April. <br>Survivors <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/police/1159"><span style="color:purple;">shared their stories</span></a> of getting help.  Media partners across the valley helped spread the message on radio, TV and billboards to let the community know help is available.<br><br><img src="/policesite/MediaAssets/Paint%20Phoenix%20Purple.png" style="margin:5px;width:282px;height:267px;vertical-align:auto;float:left;" />October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  <a target="_blank" href="https://paintphoenixpurple.org/"><span style="color:purple;">Paint Phoenix Purple</span></a> is a local awareness campaign that brings together more than 50 community, private and public organizations.  The groups have partnered to create a <a target="_blank" href="https://paintphoenixpurple.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/DV-Roadmap.pdf"><span style="color:purple;">Road Map to Excellence: Making the City of Phoenix a National Leader in Preventing and Ending Domestic Violence.</span></a>  The month-long Paint Phoenix Purple campaign also includes virtual classes, a virtual run/walk and a social media campaign to #PaintPHXPurple, designed to reach more people on social media with a message of resources for help.<br><br>Those resources include:</p><ul><li><a target="_blank" href="/humanservices/programs/victims/fac"><span style="color:purple;">The Family Advocacy Center</span></a>: 602-534-2120, 2120 N Central Ave. 2nd Floor, Phoenix</li><li>Find a list of resources at <a target="_blank" href="/police/domesticviolence"><span style="color:purple;">Phoenix.gov/DomesticViolence</span></a></li><li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.thehotline.org/help/"><span style="color:purple;">National Domestic Violence Hotline</span></a><span style="color:purple;">:</span> 800 799-SAFE (7233)</li><li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.acesdv.org/"><span style="color:purple;">Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence</span></a><span style="color:purple;"> </span></li><li>Remember if you can't speak you can text 911</li></ul><br><span style="font-size:13pt;"><strong>MAPPING CRIME HOTSPOTS<br></strong></span>This map shows the hot spots for homicides in 2020.  You can see that while no area is immune, the I-10 & I-17 corridors see a greater impact.  The Phoenix Police Department posts a variety of crime statistics including Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR), bias crimes and crime hotspot maps.  You can also view crime maps and neighborhood crime counts in your neighborhood or place of business through the interactive <a target="_blank" href="/police/resources-information/crime-stats-maps"><span style="color:purple;">LexisNexis Community Crime Map </span></a>hosted on the police department's website.<br><p><span style="line-height:107%;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:18pt;"><font color="#000000"><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><img src="/policesite/MediaAssets/Homicide%20Hotspots.png" style="margin:5px;" /></font></span></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeNewspolicePolice HomicidePolice@PhoenixPolice #PaintPHXPurple #DomesticViolence @ACESDV Homicide, Murder, Domestic Violence, Crime, UCRPolice Main PIOphoenixpd.pio@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/36/Police2.pngPhoenixPolice



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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