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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 Security7/28/2021 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1561/Newsroom_Combined.jpgCOVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impacts<div class="ExternalClass1B15D7459EDD470480D926E361EB69AD"><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 href="mailto:contactus@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">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 Testing Blitz: COVID-19 Testing, No Out-of-Pocket Costs<br></h3> <p> <a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1399" target="_blank">Find upcoming testing dates and locations, either on-site or with Phoenix's Mobile Testing Van. Learn more.</a> </p><h3>Vaccine Fact Sheet</h3><p>Download information about the currently approved vaccines.<br><a href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-English.pdf" target="_blank">Vaccine Fact Sheet - English (PDF)</a><br><a href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-Spanish.pdf" target="_blank">Vaccine Fact Sheet - Spanish (PDF)</a><br><a href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-Chinese.pdf" target="_blank">Vaccine Fact Sheet- Chinese (PDF)</a><br></p><h3>Masks Required in City Buildings Regardless of Vaccination Status</h3><p><a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1917" target="_blank">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 target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-works/1084">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 href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054" target="_blank">Learn what's impacted with current city services. Learn more.</a> <br> </p> <h3>Coronavirus Business & Resident Resources </h3> <p> <a href="/resources" target="_blank">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 href="/COVIDrelief" target="_blank">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 Testing Blitz: COVID-19 Testing, No Out-of-Pocket Costshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1399Emergency Management & Homeland Security7/30/2021 9:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1399/Newsroom_Virus_Testing.jpgPhoenix Testing Blitz: COVID-19 Testing, No Out-of-Pocket Costs<div class="ExternalClassD8A24701864E4A7783BF7E89BCDBF22A"><html> <div class="ExternalClassFA4EFB964BD142158CA446F5807F9C77"> <br> <h2>​COVID-19 Testing<br></h2><p>We're all in this together. <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash">#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 target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1561">COVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impacts.</a><br></p><p> <strong>Mobile Van #1: </strong><a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">Vincere Cancer Center</a><br></p><p> <strong>Mobile Van #2: </strong><a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">Premier Lab Solutions</a>​​<br><br></p><h3>Friday, July 30, 2021<br></h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> El Reposo Park<br> 502 E. Alta Vista Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85042<br>6:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Saturday, July 31, 2021<br></h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Fry’s Food Store<br> 850 E. Hatcher Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85020<br> 6:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p> <strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Harmon Library<br>1325 S 5th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85003<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>​<br></p><h3>Monday, August 2, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Fry’s Food Store<br> 4230 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85009<br> 6:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Washington Activity Center<br> 2240 W Citrus Way, Phoenix, AZ 85015<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Tuesday, August 3, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Cesar Chavez Park<br> 7858 S. 35th Ave., Laveen Village, AZ 85339<br> 6:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Wednesday, August 4, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Santa Maria Park<br> 3425 S 71st Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85043<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Thursday, August 5, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> El Reposo Park<br> 502 E. Alta Vista Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85042<br> 6:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Friday, August 6, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Cortez Park<br> 3434 W. Dunlap, Phoenix, AZ 85051<br> 6:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Saturday, August 7, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Paradise Valley Community Center<br> 17642 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ 85032<br> 6:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Yucca Library<br> 5648 N 15th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85015<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Monday, August 9, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Fry’s Food Store<br> 6601 W. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85033<br> 6:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Sueño Park<br> 4401 W Encanto Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85035<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Tuesday, August 10, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Western Star Park<br> 4425 E. Western Star Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85044<br> 6:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Wednesday, August 11, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Helen Drake Senior Center<br> 7600 N 27th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85051<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Thursday, July 12, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Fry’s Food Store<br> 850 E. Hatcher Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85020<br> 6:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Friday, August 13, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Paradise Valley Community Center<br> 17642 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ 85032<br> 6:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Saturday, August 14, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Cortez Park<br> 3434 W. Dunlap, Phoenix, AZ 85051<br> 6:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">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 target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p>​ ​ </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/emergencyNews
City of Phoenix Provides Millions in Rental Assistance, Ramps Up Efforts to Get Additional Funds to Residents More Quicklyhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/2004Human Services7/30/2021 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2004/Newsroom_House_001 (002).pngCity of Phoenix Provides Millions in Rental Assistance, Ramps Up Efforts to Get Additional Funds to Residents More Quickly<div class="ExternalClass021D69DEE2C04D4ABE61E3A61D460783"><html>It's a story playing out in homes across our community.  Five months into the COVID-19 pandemic, a Phoenix woman lost her job.  Finding a new job was challenging.  With five kids at home, all trying to do remote learning since their schools were closed made it even more difficult.  After several months, the unemployment benefits were not enough to cover rent and utilities for the single mom, and she found herself thousands of dollars behind. <br><br>That's where the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program comes into her story.  Earlier this year, the Phoenix City Council approved spending $51 million dollars in Federal ERA funds to assist families.  This family is one of more than 3,100 Phoenix households so far to receive assistance.  This mom and her children received $12,000 to cover owed rent and another $3,000 for unpaid utilities.  The city has disbursed nearly $24 million dollars, more money than any other jurisdiction in Arizona.<br><br>As the federal ban on some evictions is set to expire Saturday, the city is moving at a faster pace to get assistance into the hands of those Phoenix families who need it most.  <br><br>City staff managing the ERA program helped 59% more people last week than they did during weekly average in April.  The average financial assistance per household is $7,500.<br><br>In addition to the $24 million of ERA funds given to Phoenix families, nearly $15 million more in rent and utility assistance from other programs has gone to Phoenix residents during the pandemic, pushing the total help to nearly $40 million dollars.<br><br>“We know the need is great and that's why the Mayor and City Council expect us to take steps to process applications faster," said Gina Montes, Deputy City Manager.  Under the direction of Montes and the City's Human Services Department, the city is working to add additional hours of operation, more staffing and auditing processes so applications can be approved more quickly.<br><br>There are two options for applying for assistance.  The city has partnered with the non-profit <a href="https://wildfireaz.org/" target="_blank">Wildfire</a> to double the number of families who can be helped.  Wildfire is using an online portal to allow residents to do the paperwork over the internet, however due to high demand, the portal is not currently taking new applications.  Wildfire is processing the more than 2,000 applications they currently have and expect to reopen the portal again in August.<br><br>The city is arranging appointments and working with individuals over the phone to meet the stringent requirements mandated by the Federal government.  Residents should call 602-534-AIDE (2433) on Monday's beginning at 8 a.m. to schedule a telephone appointment.<br><br>Human Services Director Marchelle Franklin recounts a story one her staff members told her about a call he made to a resident who had lost his job and got behind on his rent.  “When our employee told the man the City would be able to pay his past-due rent, the man said 'this has lifted a weight off my shoulders.  Thank you, thank you thank you'," Franklin said.  “The man told my employee this was like having a four-leaf clover, a rabbit's foot and other lucky items all at once." <br><br><p>You can find specific details on the program, including eligibility criteria, on the city's <a href="/humanservices/rental-assistance" target="_blank">Emergency Rental Assistance Program</a> website.<br><br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNews

 

 

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