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Phoenix Mirrors National Crime Trends: Rape & Robbery Down, Homicides Uphttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/1662Police12/15/2020 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1662/Police_Newsroom_Homicide.pngPhoenix Mirrors National Crime Trends: Rape & Robbery Down, Homicides Up<div class="ExternalClassC1DD2F1EDB374FD598D69171EEF90D07"><html> <p>Newly released national and local crime statistics show Phoenix experiencing a trend happening across the country.  The FBI reports property crime, rape, and robbery are all down from the comparable months in 2019, while homicides and aggravated assaults have increased.  Despite those trends, Phoenix is performing better than the national average when it comes to solving homicides. <br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><img src="/policesite/MediaAssets/Dec%202020%20Property%20Crime.png" style="margin:5px;width:351px;height:351px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /><br><strong>FALLING CRIME RATES</strong><br><br>Phoenicians are less likely this year to be victims of some violent crimes and most property crimes. For example, rape is down 5.4%, burglary down 23% and thefts down nearly 11%. These numbers mirror what is happening in cities across the country experiencing few property crimes while at the same time experiencing increases in the murder rate.<br></p><p><br><strong>HOMICIDES</strong><br><img src="/policesite/MediaAssets/Dec%202020%20UCR%20Homicide.png" style="margin:5px;width:350px;vertical-align:auto;float:left;" />The crime seeing the largest increase is homicide where nationally, murders are up more than 20%. The numbers are higher in large cities across the country including an increase of 33% in New York City, 47% in Chicago, and 30% in Los Angeles.  Many cities such as Dallas and Philadelphia are on track to have more homicides in 2020 than any single year in the last 15 years.</p> <p> <br> <br> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Phoenix is not experiencing the type of record-breaking homicide cases our community saw in the mid-2000. The peak hit in 2003 when our community lost a record 247 lives at the hands of another person. Our city population has grown more than 20% since that time, but homicide numbers have fallen. This year 187 lives have been lost. However, as is happening in other communities across the country, 2020 cases are higher than other recent years.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><img src="/policesite/MediaAssets/Dec%202020%20Weapons.png" style="width:350px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></p> <p>In 70% of the Phoenix homicide cases, the individual was the victim of someone armed with a firearm. Knives or blunt instruments account for most of the remaining weapons.  <br><br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><strong>DOMESTIC VIOLENCE</strong><br><br>Pinpointing the cause of the increase is difficult to do, but domestic violence has played a role in the increase. The number of domestic violence related murders is up 175% over 2019 and represents 44 Phoenicians who lost their lives.<br><img src="/policesite/MediaAssets/Dec%202020%20DV%20Homicide.png" style="margin:5px;width:350px;vertical-align:auto;float:left;" /><br></p><p>The department responded to this increase with the launch of the <a target="_blank" href="/police/domesticviolence">Domestic Violence Help!</a> campaign in April 2020, including an aggressive media outreach to get information and resources to potential victims.<br><br>The <a target="_blank" href="/humanservices/programs/victims/fac">Phoenix Family Advocacy Center</a> has remained open throughout the pandemic, providing comprehensive victim advocacy services to domestic violence victims such as emergency shelter, help with protective orders, and safety planning.  <br><br>The City of Phoenix also secured CARES Act funding to place computers at sites across the city where potential victims of violence can go to secure orders of protection without it showing up on a computer an abuser might have access to.<br><br><strong>SOLVING HOMICIDE CASES</strong><br><br>Along with combating domestic violence, the department's Homicide Unit put a hyper focus on intelligence-driven information, yielding positive results in closing homicide investigations. In 2020, homicide detectives have been able to find and arrest nearly three-quarters of the homicide suspects.  The Phoenix Police Department has a homicide clearance rate of 72%. This is more than 10% higher than the national Unified Crime Reporting (UCR) murder and non-negligent manslaughter clearance rate of 61.4%.<br><br>The unit's increased successes come from a multi-pronged approach which includes focusing resources not on flooding a high-crime area with officers, but instead using critical pieces of evidence to pinpoint specific suspects. The department just launched a Crime Gun Liaison Program. Highly trained detectives working with the Crime Lab have expertise in collecting evidence during shooting investigations. Once the evidence is processed, it is entered into the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, or NIBIN. If there is a match in NIBIN, that lead is shared with detectives.<br><br>With this information, the second phase begins. Detectives research and conduct surveillance to develop probable cause to make an arrest. This intelligence-based approach is designed to strengthen safety and trust between the community and the police department. <br><br>This approach has yielded in the arrest of violent criminals. For example, J Money Alfaro and John C. Gonzales Quintana were arrested in the February murder of a man at South Mountain Park. A hiker found Charles Greenberg shot to death the morning of February 9, 2020. Evidence from the scene was collected and through forensic examination, they discovered a NIBIN lead. This lead connected three other shootings prior to the death of Greenberg. As detectives continued their investigation, they identified the two suspects. This police work and scientific process helped in solving not just the death of Chris Greenberg, but also three other violent shootings. <br><br><strong>COLD CASES</strong><br><br>Advances in technology have brought new leads to many cold cases. This year alone seven cold cases have been solved. One of the oldest cases was a case from 1978. A suspect was identified through our Crime Lab and arrested Glen Edward Williams. The families of the victims received justice after 42 years. Our Cold Case Unit is a great example of our commitment not to give up on bringing justice to victims and their families. <br><br><strong>TRACKING CRIME</strong><br><br>If you see criminal activity, you should call 911 if it is an emergency, or call the non-emergency line at 602-262-6151.  You can track various crime trends, including finding specific crime maps for your neighborhood on the <a target="_blank" href="/police/resources-information/crime-stats-maps">Phoenix Police Department website.</a> </p> <p>*UCR=Uniform Crime Reporting</p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeNewspolicecrime rates PhoenixPolice@PhoenixPolice @FBICrime Rates, UCR, Property Crime, Burglary, Theft, Homicide, Domestic Violence, Crime TrendsPolice Main PIOphoenixpd.pio@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/36/Police2.pngPhoenixPolice

 

 

COVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impactshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1561Emergency Management & Homeland Security11/24/2021 5:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1561/Newsroom_Combined.jpgCOVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impacts<div class="ExternalClassFE478EF1670741748246ED7DD4B47863"><html> <p>​<strong>We're in this together!</strong> Looking for help? Find information related to the COVID-19 pandemic on this page. Residents with questions about city services and programs are encouraged to call <strong>(602) 262-3111</strong> or e-mail <a target="_blank" href="mailto:contactus@phoenix.gov">contactus@phoenix.gov</a>​. ​​​​​​​​Phoenix small businesses needing help can call the Phoenix Community and Economic Development hotline at <strong>(602) 262-5040</strong>.</p> <h3>Phoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Events<br></h3> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1399">Find upcoming testing dates and locations, either on-site or with Phoenix's Mobile Testing Van. Select sites now also offer Vaccinations! Learn more.</a> </p><h3>Vaccine Fact Sheet</h3><p>Download information about the currently approved vaccines.<br><a target="_blank" href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-English.pdf">Vaccine Fact Sheet - English (PDF)</a><br><a target="_blank" href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-Spanish.pdf">Vaccine Fact Sheet - Spanish (PDF)</a><br><a target="_blank" href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-Chinese.pdf">Vaccine Fact Sheet- Chinese (PDF)</a><br></p><h3>Masks Required in City Buildings Regardless of Vaccination Status</h3><p><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1917">On May 19, 2021 the Phoenix City Council updated the Face Coverings information to automatically adjust with CDC guidance. On July 27, 2021, the CDC updated that guidance to require masking indoors in communities with substantial or high virus transmission rates, regardless of vaccination status. Effective Monday, August 2, 2021​, masks are required in all city buildings. As previously decided by the Council, private businesses may set their own policies regarding face coverings applicable to their employees and customers. </a>(<strong>Note: </strong>The airport and public transit remain covered by the Federal mask mandate.) <br></p><h3>Downtown Phoenix Buildings Are “By Appointment Only”​<br></h3><p>​<a href="/newsroom/public-works/1084" target="_blank">Public access to the following downtown city of Phoenix buildings is currently by appointment only ​</a><br></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><p>Phoenix City Hall – 200 W. Washington St.<br>Calvin C. Goode Building – 251 W. Washington St.<br>Phoenix Public Transit Building – 302 N. First Ave​</p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><p> </p> <h3>City of Phoenix Impacted City Services Update</h3> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054">Learn what's impacted with current city services. Learn more.</a> <br> </p> <h3>Coronavirus Business & Resident Resources </h3> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/resources">Additional resources for Phoenix businesses, the workforce, and residents relating to COVID-19. Learn more.</a> <br> </p> <h3>Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Strategic Plan</h3> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/COVIDrelief">Information and updates on the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Strategic Plan funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Learn more.</a> ​<br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/emergencyNews
Phoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Eventshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1399Emergency Management & Homeland Security11/25/2021 12:15:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1399/Newsroom_Virus_Testing.jpgPhoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Events<div class="ExternalClassFA4EFB964BD142158CA446F5807F9C77"> <br> <h2>​COVID-19 Testing<br></h2><p>We're all in this together. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash" target="_blank">#COVID19</a> testing with no out-of-pocket cost. The city of #PHX now has two #COVID19 mobile testing vans out in the community. See also list of <a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1561" target="_blank">COVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impacts.</a> </p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;"> <strong>Mobile Van #1: </strong><a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">Vincere Cancer Center</a><br></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;"> <strong>Mobile Van #2: </strong><a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">Premier Lab Solutions</a><br></p><h2> Vaccinations<br></h2><p>Select events marked with <strong> <span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong> offer COVID-19 tests and vaccines! For other vaccine locations see <a target="_blank" href="https://www.maricopa.gov/5659/COVID-19-Vaccine-Locations">Maricopa County Vaccine Finder</a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://www.vaccines.gov/search/">Vaccines.gov seach</a>.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​</span></p> ​ <h3>Wednesday, November 24, 2021<br></h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Washington Park<br><strong> <span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 6655 N 23rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85015<br> 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Monday, November 29, 2021<br></h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Falcon Park<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 3420 W. Roosevelt St. Phoenix, AZ 85009<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p> <strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Desert West Community Center<br> 6501 Virgina Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85035<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Tuesday, November 30, 2021<br></h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Washington Park<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 6655 N. 23rd Aveue, Phoenix, AZ 85015<br> 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Wednesday, December 1, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Deer Valley Community Center<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 2001 W. Wahalla Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85027<br> 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Thursday, December 2, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Agave Library<br> 23550 N 36th Ave., Glendale, AZ 85310<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Friday, December 3, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> El Reposo Park<br> 502 E. Alta Vista Road, Phoenix, AZ 85042<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Saturday, December 4, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> AGEEZ Hair Center<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 542 W Southern Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85041<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> El Oso Park<br> 3451 N. 75th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85033<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Monday, December 6, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Falcon Park<br> 3420 W. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85009<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Cholla Library<br> 10050 N Metro Pkwy E., Phoenix, AZ 85051<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Tuesday, December 7, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Chicanos Por La Causa<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 6850 W Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85033<br> 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Wednesday, December 8, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> La Pradera Park<br> 36830 N. 39th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004<br> 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Thursday, December 9, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Cortez Park<br> 3434 W. Dunlap, Phoenix, AZ 85051<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Friday, December 10, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Yucca Library<br> 5648 N 15th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85015<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Saturday, December 11, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Paradise Valley Park<br> 17642 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Tillman Middle School<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 4309 E. Belleview Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Monday, December 13, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Chicanos Por La Causa<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 6850 W Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85033<br> 7:015 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Desert Sage Library<br> 7602 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85035<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Tuesday, December 14, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Ironwood Library<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 4333 E Chandler Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85048<br> 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Wednesday, December 15, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Adam Diaz Senior Center<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 4115 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85019<br> 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p> ​​ <br>​<br>​<br></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/emergencyNews
100 Year Old City Flag will be on display at Phoenix City Hallhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/phxtv/2149PHXTV11/23/2021 9:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/SGGFvXW5IRA100 Year Old City Flag will be on display at Phoenix City Hall<div class="ExternalClass3BDFE9D342F646ABBF78D7E3ADD269B1"><html> <p>​In 1921 Phoenix was a small city of 48,000 and residents were optimistic about the future. Phoenicians felt they needed a symbol of their prosperity and so the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce conducted a contest to design what would become the official flag of the city of Phoenix. The winning design is a 52 inch by 66 inch rectangle of heavy grade soft blue silk taffeta with an orange fringe. Embroidered in the center is a phoenix bird over a gold flame sunburst background. A white ribbon scroll at the bottom is embroidered with the legend, "City of Phoenix, Arizona". Back in 1921 the flag cost $175.<br></p><p>At the unveiling of the flag in the Phoenix City Hall Atrium, Mayor Kate Gallego said,<br>"Just like the Phoenix Rising, our flag is on display again, reminding us of the history of our great city. It's a time to celebrate the accomplishments of the City of Phoenix. Our history helps us build and move towards our future."</p><p>The City of Phoenix Official Flag is considered a public record and Phoenix City Clerk Denise Archibald is in charge of taking care of it.</p><p>Archibald said, "The City of Phoenix Flag was adopted by ordinance on November 23rd., 1921 and it has been under the care of the city clerk.  We ensure that the flag is kept in a safe and secure environment that's conducive to its preservation and conservation. Now we are here celebrating the 100-year anniversary of this flag. It will be on display at City Hall in the atrium between November 23rd. and the end of December. Then it will come back to the city clerk for safekeeping. I believe next year we will go ahead and try to maintain the flag, as we usually do, and have some conservation efforts completed on it just to make sure that it's always preserved and in a good state."</p><p>Much like the mythical Phoenix Bird, the first official city of Phoenix flag has risen again from the dust of time.</p><p>"I think the flag is beautiful" said City Clerk Denise Archibald. "The history is rich and we're just proud to be able to keep it safe and in good condition and will continue to do so for many years to come. I'm just excited that we have this opportunity to celebrate its 100-year anniversary."<br></p><p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/phxtvVideo

 

 

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