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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 Security4/20/2021 5:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1561/Newsroom_Combined.jpgCOVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impacts<div class="ExternalClassC427E45B82DA409890321AD3DF52C0D3"><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></p> <h3><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Face Coverings Remain in Effect Within Phoenix City Limits<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></h3> <p><a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1353" target="_blank">Per the Declaration of the Phoenix City Council, Face Coverings are still required in public for most people within Phoenix city limits, and for all Public Transportation (airports and buses) and at all City of Phoenix properties. Learn more.</a> <br> </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> <h3>Special Events More Than 50 People / Venue Re-Opening Plans </h3> <p>Applications for general or private events not occuring at or on City of Phoenix properties are no longer required due to <a target="_blank" href="https://azgovernor.gov/sites/default/files/eo_2021-06.pdf">Executive Order 2021-26 (PDF)</a>. Please note, however, that applications for special events for more than 50 people are still required for events taking place at or on City of Phoenix properties. Masks are still required at these events. <a target="_blank" href="/citymanager/specialevent">Learn more and apply​</a>.</p><p>See <a target="_blank" href="/citymanager/specialevent">previously submitted and published Special Events and Venue Re-Opening Plans​</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 Security4/20/2021 4:30:00 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="ExternalClass6738B311697743558B57467D8D912D1E"><html> <div class="ExternalClass65DC6478567C4DBA90F9970D4C8FB71C"> <div class="ExternalClass83ECFA059D3644608F2F114B046FD2CB"></div> <div class="ExternalClass83ECFA059D3644608F2F114B046FD2CB"> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">Community partners are holding COVID-19 testing sites on select dates. <br></p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;"> <strong>Related:</strong> <a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1561" target="_blank">Find information related to the COVID-19 virus and City of Phoenix, including testing, vaccine fact sheet, resources, and city impacts. <strong>Visit the information page.</strong></a></p> <br> <h2 style="color:#e7524c;line-height:1.4;text-align:center;">COVID Testing Services</h2><h3 style="line-height:1.4;"> <img alt="Stationary Site" src="/newssite/PublishingImages/van_03.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:144px;" />Stationary Site <br></h3><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;"> <strong>Maryvale Park</strong> <br>4420 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85031 <br>Mondays and Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  <br><em>(effective April 10, Friday testing changes to Saturday)</em> <br>Appointments recommended at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a> <br>Offers PCR test with results within 24 hours. <br></p><h3 style="line-height:1.4;"> <img alt="Mobile Van #1" src="/newssite/PublishingImages/van_01.jpg" style="letter-spacing:-0.4px;background-color:window;margin:5px;vertical-align:baseline;width:144px;" />Mobile Van #1 <br></h3><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays. <br>Offers Antigen and antibodies test. <a href="/newsroom/public-works/1455" target="_blank">Read More</a>. <br></p><h3 style="line-height:1.4;"> <img alt="Mobile Van #2" src="/newssite/PublishingImages/van_02.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:144px;" />Mobile Van #2</h3><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">Mondays or Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays. <br>Offers antigen results in 15 minutes and PCR with results within 24 hours. <a href="/newsroom/public-works/1739" target="_blank">Read More</a>. <br></p><h3 style="line-height:1.4;"> <img alt="Walk-Up Sites" src="/newssite/PublishingImages/van_04.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:144px;" />Walk-Up/Drive-Up Sites</h3><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">Weekends (varies) from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (varies) <br>Offers PCR test with results in 24 hours.</p> <br> <h2 style="color:#e7524c;line-height:1.4;text-align:center;">Current Schedule​​​<br></h2><h3>Tuesday, April 20, 2021 </h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #1. </strong>Cesar Chavez Park<br>7858 S. 35th Ave., Laveen Village, AZ 85339<br>1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a>​</p><h3>Wednesday, April 21, 2021</h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Capitol School<br>330 N. 16th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85007<br>1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix​​​</a><br></p><h3>Thursday, April 22, 2021 </h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Fry’s Food Store<br>4230 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85009<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>Friday, April 23, 2021</h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Fry’s Food Store<br>850 E. Hatcher Road, Phoenix, AZ 85020<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 style="line-height:1.4;">Saturday, April 24, 2021<br></h3><p></p><p> <strong>Mobile Van #1. </strong>Western Star Park<br>4425 E. Western Star Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85044<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></p><p> <strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Bethune School<br>1310 S. 15th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85007<br>7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix​​​​​</a>​<br></p><p> <strong>Drive-Up Site.</strong> Steele Indian School Park<br>300 E. Indian School Road<br>8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at <a href="https://familytreehealthcare.com/" target="_blank">https://familytreehealthcare.com</a></p><h3>Monday, April 26 </h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #1. </strong>Desert West Park and Sports Complex<br>6602 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85035<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>Tuesday, April 27, 2021 </h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #1. </strong>Paradise Valley Community Center<br>17642 N 40th St., Phoenix, AZ 85032<br>1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Thursday, April 29, 2021</h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Fry’s Food Store<br>6601 W. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85033<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>Friday, April 30, 2021 </h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Cholla Library<br>10050 N. Metro Pkwy E., Phoenix, AZ 85051<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> <br>​<br></p><h4 style="color:#777777;line-height:1.6;">Media Contact<br></h4><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">Yvette Roeder <br>Cell:602-501-0620 <br>Email <a target="_blank" href="mailto:yvette.roeder@phoenix.gov">yvette.roeder@phoenix.gov</a><br></p></div> <br> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end">​​​​</span></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/emergencyNews
Before the Badge: Officer Rob Sandoval, Collegiate Rowerhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/1856Police4/19/2021 12:00:00 AMhttps://youtu.be/cJPus-SWBfEBefore the Badge: Officer Rob Sandoval, Collegiate Rower<div class="ExternalClassC5123105AC9F496E8079C73F8C801AD1"><html> <p> <em>​Phoenix Police officers come from many different backgrounds, including different careers. The department's video series, ‘</em><a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://youtube.com/playlist?list%3DPLFNuct3MvVGa0aB67cIDS6PG4dPM9eNvE&source=gmail&ust=1613752091217000&usg=AFQjCNGIEVIVAqYthuWPRs0lXSby2j5Eig" target="_blank" href="https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFNuct3MvVGa0aB67cIDS6PG4dPM9eNvE"><em>Before the Badge</em></a><em>,’ is profiling some of those careers, and the diversity they bring to the department today. </em><br></p> <p>Any team sport that is going to be successful requires teamwork from each and every member. Community Action Officer Rob Sandoval will tell you that is certainly true in the sport of rowing. He knows firsthand from his years on the University of Notre Dame men's rowing team. <br></p> <p>"If someone lifts their oar a little bit high on one side, it changes the set of the boat and it doesn't go as fast," Officer Sandoval explained of rowing. "If we're not hitting in the water and driving through at the same time, the boat won't go as fast. So, in order to be as fast as you can as a team, everyone has to do their job."​<br></p> <p>While on the Notre Dame team, Sandoval sat eight seat in the boat. That is the seat closest to the coxswain, also known as the stroke. He rowed while working toward two degrees  —  one in government and international studies, and one in economics. <br></p> <p>"I was looking at originally going into maybe politics or wall street — some kind of business," Officer Sandoval explained. "And I decided I didn't want to do either of those. I kind of wanted to do something that I felt like was making more of a difference in people's day-to-day lives."<br></p> <p>Shortly after his graduation, news that his mom had cancer brought him back to Phoenix. He hopped around a few opportunities in the following several years, before applying to the Phoenix Police Department. He began the academy in 2005. <br></p> <p>"So my first four-and-a-half years were in the Maryvale Precinct," Officer Sandoval said. "I was on just one of the regular patrol squads for a little bit. Then I went to be a field training officer where we helped train the new officers straight out of the academy."<br></p> <p>He has also worked as a detective in family investigations and domestic violence, and now is a community action officer. From the boat to the badge, he says there is a similarity through it all. <br></p> <p>"Not everyone always has the same job," Officer Sandoval explained. "But you all have to work together as one unit in order to be the best that you can to achieve whatever goal you're going after at that time, whether it was making a boat go fast or it's keeping citizens safe."<br></p> <p>Officer Sandoval has kept up with rowing, starting a team at Phoenix Police — a club sport that competes against other police and fire departments, encouraging regular exercise for strength building and mental health, and fostering that team mentality.​<br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo

 

 

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