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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

 

 

Phoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Eventshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1399Emergency Management & Homeland Security5/23/2022 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1399/Newsroom_Virus_Testing.jpgPhoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Events<div class="ExternalClass6E6A89FE59A043B79E03A06E780259C0"><html> <div class="ExternalClassFA4EFB964BD142158CA446F5807F9C77"> <br> <h2 class="ms-rteElement-H2">General Inform​​ation</h2><h3>Face Mask Requirements After CDC Eases Guidelines</h3><p>In Feb. 2022, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a new set of measures that will allow people who are healthy and living in counties where the coronavirus poses a low or medium community risk level, to stop wearing a face mask in public settings.<a href="/newsroom/city-manager/2253" target="_blank"> As of Feb. 28, 2022, Maricopa County is at a medium risk level, so effective immediately, a face mask will not be required for most City employees</a>.<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>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><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> ​ <h2>​COVID-19 T​​esting<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. A limited number of free at-home COVID-19 test kits and masks will be available at mobile testing events on a first-come, first-served basis. Note: The FDA has extended the shelf-life of iHealth COVID-19 antigen rapid tests. <a target="_blank" href="https://ihealthlabs.com/pages/news">Learn more and check the expiration date of your test.</a><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​</span></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;"> <strong>Mobile Van #1: </strong><a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">Vincere Cancer Center</a><br><strong>Mobile Van #2: </strong><a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">Premier Lab Solutions</a><br><strong>Blitz Vendor #1: </strong><a target="_blank" href="https://www.familytreehealthcare.com/">Equality Health​</a><br><strong>Blitz Vendor #2: </strong><a target="_blank" href="https://www.onecommunityaz.com/">Family Tree Health Care​</a><br> </p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are also available at all <a target="_blank" href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/locations">17 Phoenix Library Locations​</a>. The tests will be available in limited quantities on a first-come, first-served basis.<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 href="https://www.maricopa.gov/5659/COVID-19-Vaccine-Locations" target="_blank">Maricopa County Vaccine Finder</a> and <a href="https://www.vaccines.gov/search/" target="_blank">Vaccines.gov seach</a>.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​</span></p> ​ ​ <h3>Monday, May 23, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Santa Maria Park<br> 3425 S. 71st Avenue, 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>Tuesday, May 24, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Chicanos Por La Causa<br> 6850 W Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85033<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.<br> Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Wednesday, May 25, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Paseo Highlands Park<br> 3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Phoenix, AZ 85027<br> 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><p><strong>Blitz Vendor #2.</strong> Zion Institute<br> 1522 E. Southern Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85042<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://www.familytreehealthcare.com/">https://www.familytreehealthcare.com</a></p><h3>Friday, May 27, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Shadow Mountain Senior Center<br> 3546 E. Sweetwater Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85032<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br> Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Saturday, May 28, 2022<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 target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Falcon Park<br> 3420 W. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85009<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><p><strong>Blitz Vendor #2.</strong> United Nations Church <br> 5437 S. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85040<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://www.familytreehealthcare.com/">https://www.familytreehealthcare.com</a></p><h3>Monday, May 30, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> El Reposo Park<br> 502 E. Alta Vista Road, Phoenix, AZ 85042<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, May 31, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Cesar Chavez Park<br> 7858 S. 35th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85339<br> 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.<br> Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p> ​<br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/emergencyNews
Critical Incident Briefing - May 9, 2022 - 7th Street and Bell Roadhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2354Police5/23/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://youtu.be/QrZMZaPwQBYCritical Incident Briefing - May 9, 2022 - 7th Street and Bell Road<div class="ExternalClass1D268148809A42FC856FB8103C2B3700"><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 May 9, 2022.<br><br>This incident occurred in the area of 7th Street and Bell Road, when residents in the neighborhood called 911. The initial caller told 911 operators that a man broke an apartment window and was last seen walking towards Bell Road. Additional 911 calls were received stating a man had broken a window of a business, thrown bottles at passing vehicles and was acting violently.<br><br>The first two responding officers were flagged down by a witness who told the them the man was still in the parking lot. One of the officers shared the information over the radio for other responding patrol units.<br><br>As the officers drove around the parking lot, they located a man matching the description given. The man was holding a river rock. The two officers discussed a plan for one of them to be ready to use a Taser.<br><br>The officers got out of the patrol car and began giving the man commands to drop the river rock and get on the ground. The man did not comply with the officer’s commands. The man was further than the effective distance of the Taser, so the same officer retrieved a stun bag – an alternative less-lethal option. The man responded by running from the area on foot.<br><br>The man ran across Bell Road and into another shopping area. Once in the second parking lot the man stopped with the river rock still in his hand. There were several patrons on foot and in vehicles as the officers attempted to negotiate with the man. The officer ordered the man to drop the rock, but the man again, did not comply. The officer called for a stun bag again, but the man ran away before the stun bag could be used.<br><br>The foot pursuit continued through the parking lot towards a restaurant. The officer continued to order the man to stop and drop the rock. The man did not. The officer again asked a backup officer for the stun bag. The man temporarily went out of view behind the restaurant but then reappeared in the restaurant’s outdoor patio. The man then lifted the rock in what appears to be a throwing motion and then continued to move toward the restaurant’s side door.<br><br>As the man approached the side door, the officer issued commands not to enter the restaurant. The man again did not comply which resulted in the officer-involved shooting. The man fell inside the restaurant, and officers moved in to detain him and render aid.<br><br>After the shooting, officers attempted to restrain the man as he continued to pull his arm away and kick the officers. The officers were able to secure the man and provide aid to include putting on a tourniquet. The river rock was found next to the man. No other citizens or officers were injured during this incident.<br><br>The man was taken to a local hospital where he received treatment for his injuries.<br><br>The officer involved in this shooting has been with the department for fifteen years and is assigned to the Black Mountain Precinct.<br><br>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. 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.<br> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo
New Shelter Opens in Phoenix Offering Heat Relief and Services for 200 People Experiencing Homelessnesshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/2353Human Services5/19/2022 6:30:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/DghnsnD-KvcNew Shelter Opens in Phoenix Offering Heat Relief and Services for 200 People Experiencing Homelessness<div class="ExternalClassB249F91E0EFE42B882B508A50F4E2C27"><html> <p>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>The City of Phoenix and Maricopa County partnered to open a facility in central Phoenix that will provide day and nighttime relief from the summer heat for 200 people experiencing homelessness.<br><br>“Arizona's summer heat can be deadly. We need to ensure that everyone, especially our most vulnerable residents, has a safe place to stay cool during our hottest months," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “This shelter is just one part of the City of Phoenix's strong commitment to leading with services and connecting those who are unsheltered with the appropriate resources."<br><br>The facility, owned by the City of Phoenix, is located near 28th and Washington Streets. The shelter is a closed campus, meaning there are no walk-up services and clients need to be referred to the facility by a caseworker. One unique aspect of this project is it prioritizes serving people experiencing homelessness in the surrounding neighborhood.<br><br>“It's really tough to have a conversation of bringing a shelter to a community, but I understood the need in our city and in my district and the importance of it," District 8 Councilmember Carlos Garcia said. “There had to be a process to talk to the folks around here and make sure that this became an asset for the community around this shelter. This shelter is not only adding bed space, but it is also making sure that it has the resources wrapped around people sleeping here. The services provided will hopefully set them on a path to be permanently housed. I'm grateful for our partnership with the neighborhood, City staff, St. Vincent de Paul, and Maricopa County. I know that we are all invested in this being a successful model that can be replicated." <br><br>People staying at the facility will have dedicated beds to sleep in, access to three meals each day, showers, and a secure place to store their belongings. Pets are also welcome. St. Vincent de Paul will operate the center and provide comprehensive case management services to each resident. Staff will be able to assist individuals with obtaining identification, accessing medical and financial services and connecting to employment and housing opportunities.<br><br>“It's a great privilege and responsibility to be one of the lead partners on this pilot program," said Jessica Berg, Saint Vincent de Paul Chief Program Officer. “We like to think that City and County chose SVdP for not only our proven track record of running a successful shelter, but also for our culture of dignified service, kindness and working collaboratively with our neighbors. Together, we will save lives this summer, get more people into housing, and build a better community for all of us."<br><br>The City and the County divided funding for the project through American Rescue Plan Act funds. The City of Phoenix contributed $2.6 million, and the County contributed more than $2 million.<br><br>“With homelessness increasing across the region, we need to address both the immediate and long-term needs of individuals and communities. This partnership achieves that," said Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates, Supervisor for District 3. “First, it provides shelter that will literally save lives during the intense summer heat. Second, it connects people experiencing homelessness to resources that can help them find jobs and permanent housing." <br><br>The heat relief location will be open and operating through this joint funding model through October 31, 2022, with the goal of the City continuing year-round operations through 2024.<br><br>Learn more about how to manage the extreme heat of summer visit <a target="_blank" href="/heatsite">Phoenix.gov/HeatSite</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.heataz.org/">HeatAZ.org</a>. <br><br>Find cooling stations and water through the Heat Relief Network: <a target="_blank" href="https://hrn.azmag.gov/">https://hrn.azmag.gov</a>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesVideo

 

 

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