Hundreds of Crime Guns Seize in Summer Crackdownhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2452Police8/17/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2452/pic for newsroom.jpgHundreds of Crime Guns Seize in Summer Crackdown<div class="ExternalClassF1519475A9604BE2852578E77A75E713"><html>A little more than one month after the launch of “Operation Gun Crime Crackdown,” hundreds of crime guns have been taken off the streets and out of the hands of criminals.<br><br>The multi-agency, multi-faceted operation kicked off July 5, and focuses on reducing the number of violent gun crimes plaguing our city. Enforcement is aimed at taking guns away from those who are not supposed to have them while protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens.<br><br>“Guns are getting into the wrong hands leaving children without parents, families devastated and communities living in fear. We must do something to protect our children, our community’s officers, from gun violence,” said Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams at a news conference announcing the operation.<br><br>Phoenix police have seized 711 guns from July 5 to August 15, including more than a dozen guns with a “conversion device” on them. A conversion device is an illegal part added to a gun to make it fully automatic. Police also seized a flare gun that was modified to shoot a 9mm round.<br><br>During that same time period, Phoenix police also made 526 arrests associated with gun crimes.<br><br>Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said these are the kind of results she is looking for. “When we can take guns off the streets and out of the hands of people who should not have them, we’re improving safety throughout the city.” The Mayor added, “It shows how much we can accomplish when agencies collaborate on a common goal. I’m very grateful for our partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Maricopa County Attorney.”<br><br>The collaborative effort of local, state and federal agencies involved in this operation lead to the arrest of several individuals involved in multiple violent crimes, including several homicides which remain under investigation. Information on those will be released later, to preserve the integrity of the ongoing investigations.<br><br>“The results of this targeted effort are a great example of how working with our law enforcement partners can enhance the great work the men and women of the Phoenix Police Department do every day,” said Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams.<br><br>Having agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives embedded with Phoenix detectives assigned to “Operation Gun Crime Crackdown” has shortened the turn-around time of analyzing evidence from shooting scenes.<br><br>As part of the operation, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office geographically assigned supervisors to coordinate directly with police precinct personnel. MCAO liaisons have worked with Phoenix police to review gun cases to secure appropriate release conditions for those arrested.<br><br>“I commend the brave Phoenix Police Officers who go out every day and face dangerous and sometimes deadly scenarios involving those who commit crimes with a gun. Those who illegally possess guns seek to disrupt the safety of our community and my office is committed to holding them accountable. I support the lawful ownership of firearms and this partnership is about prosecuting those who seek to break the law and do harm in our community,” said Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell.<br><br>There is also a tip line for community members to call or email with any information they may have on someone they know who is illegally in possession of a firearm. This enforcement is not about taking guns away from law abiding citizens. It’s about getting guns out of the hands of criminals and those who are not supposed to have them.<br><br>TIPS AND LEADS PHONE: 602 644-5805 <br><br>EMAIL: azactic.gov<br><br>Silent Witness 602-480-Witness (480-948-6377) 602-480-Testigo (480-837-8446)<br></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeNewspoliceOperation Gun Crime CrackdownPolicePolice Main PIOphoenixpd.pio@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/36/Police2.pngPhoenixPolice



City of Phoenix Receives Findings Report from U.S. Department of Justice Investigationhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3129Police6/13/2024 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3129/20240108_151306.jpgCity of Phoenix Receives Findings Report from U.S. Department of Justice Investigation<div class="ExternalClass5DA5ECD57A8D4A6BBD77D95B8F28348B"><html> <p>The City of Phoenix (CoP) and Phoenix Police Department (PPD) are reviewing the findings from a nearly three-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.</p><p>City leaders and members of the community are eager to read the evidence and insights provided by the DOJ which support its findings. “We are taking all allegations seriously and are planning to review this lengthy report with an open mind," City Manager Jeff Barton said in a message to city employees. “Self-reflection is an important step in continuous improvement, and our Police Department has demonstrated a commitment to reform by making improvements to policy, discipline, internal investigations and training," Barton went on to say.</p><p>As Phoenix city leadership has previously indicated, it is not in the best interest of residents to make any decisions that will affect public safety without adequate time to review the report. The City of Phoenix has reiterated this position in writing to the DOJ, <a target="_blank" href="/policesite/Documents/DOJ/Police_DOJ_Investigation_06-13-24.pdf"><strong>City of Phoenix Response to U.S. Department of Justice Report: June 13, 2024 (PDF)</strong>​</a>.​</p><p> “We want to see not only what these individual incidents are that the Department of Justice refers to, but we also want to see whether it included policy change or whether it possibly included discipline, or other changes within the department as far as practices go," said Interim Police Chief Michael Sullivan.</p><p>The decisions made in response to the findings report will have long-term consequences for the city and its residents. For that reason, the city and PPD need to analyze and discuss the full array of costs and benefits of entering into a binding, long-term relationship with the DOJ. <br><br> The Phoenix Police Department has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to continuous improvement by enhancing policy, accountability and training. The City of Phoenix highlighted these, and other improvements in a report titled <a href="/policesite/Documents/DOJ/PPD_RoadtoReform_January2024.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>The Phoenix Police Department: The Road to Reform (PDF)</strong></a>.</p><p>The CoP and PPD have cooperated with the DOJ's investigation for nearly three years. Thousands of requested documents and Body Worn Camera videos have been provided, and access to trainings, interviews and ride-alongs were all granted by the City of Phoenix. We appreciate the dedication demonstrated by the DOJ in identifying certain issues that are worthy of careful review. We remain committed to improving service to all residents in Phoenix regardless of federal intervention. </p><p>The City of Phoenix looks forward to continued dialogue with the DOJ and welcomes the next steps in this process. For more information of the Department of Justice Investigation into the City of Phoenix and Phoenix Police Department, as well as resources on police reforms, visit <a href="/police/doj" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/doj</a>.<br></p><br style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;"></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeNews
Monsoon Preparedness-Swiftwater Rescue Traininghttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/3128Fire6/13/2024 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3128/Swift Water Rescue Training Newsroom Feature Image(12).jpghttps://youtu.be/a6zzKw3Ll0wMonsoon Preparedness-Swiftwater Rescue Training<div class="ExternalClass2C6A11B2C18C4AE8843C042E7B12CD1A"><html> <p>​Phoenix Fire Department recently began interagency swiftwater rescue training ahead of the start of the monsoon season. Keeping these skills sharp is important. Phoenix PIO Captain Rob McDade said "We want to perform this evolution on a scene, on an incident to where we've done it hundreds of times. The communication is seamless, everybody knows their role. This training is essential to make sure we're all on the same page, we all understand what the mission is, what the goal is." <br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireVideo
Enroll in a Service Animal Awareness Workshophttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/equal-opportunity/3127Equal Opportunity6/12/2024 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3127/Newsroom_EOD_037.jpgEnroll in a Service Animal Awareness Workshop<div class="ExternalClass886A38FDB82F420BA5CFA1864D1ECA28"><html> <p>​The Mayor's Commission on Disability Issues and Guide Dogs of America present Service Animal Awareness with speaker Greg Steinmetz on Tuesday, July 16, at noon.</p> <p> The purpose of this webinar is to provide insights into the vital role service animals play in the lives of individuals with disabilities. The discussion will include the definition and types of service animals, various legal rights and requirements, and etiquette for interacting with service animals and their handlers. </p> <p> <strong>About the Speaker:</strong> </p> <p> Greg Steinmetz is the Sr. Manager of Admissions & Graduate Services at Guide Dogs of America | Tender Loving Canines. With a profound commitment to enhancing the lives of individuals with visual impairments, Greg brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his role. His background has equipped him with the expertise necessary to build successful partnerships with service animals and provide guidance in training, behavior, etiquette, and advocacy. </p> <p> WebEx <a target="_blank" href="https://cityofphoenix.webex.com/weblink/register/r6b3694a6cf291fb69c7e0ec61ee2415e"><strong>Registration Link</strong></a></p><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/eodNews




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