Crime Trending Down in First Half of 2023https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2823Police8/2/2023 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2823/Newsroom Graphic (4).pngCrime Trending Down in First Half of 2023<div class="ExternalClass3AAA559B71F34D17B813AC5A6F9111E9"><html> <p></p><p>The Phoenix Police Department continuously focuses on preventing and solving crime, supporting victims, and addressing quality of life issues that affect our community. </p><p>Six months into 2023, the police department is pleased to say that overall violent crime is down 2%, and overall property crime is down 19% compared to the first six months of 2022.</p><p>“I think we've got a good momentum going but there's a lot more to do. This is work that continues every day and we are not going to let up," said Interim Police Chief Michael Sullivan.</p><p>Below is a breakdown of Uniform Crimes Reporting (UCR) numbers for <a target="_blank" href="/policesite/Documents/2023_UCR_monthly.pdf">2023</a> and a comparison to the previous year. UCR numbers are regularly updated on the police department's webpage for <a target="_blank" href="/police/resources-information/crime-stats-maps">Crime Statistics</a>.</p><p><strong>VIOLENT CRIMES</strong></p><p>Overall violent crime is down 2% in Phoenix. Violent crimes include homicide, robbery, aggravated assault and rape. </p><p>Homicides and robberies have both seen more than a 10% decrease so far this year. ​<br></p><p><img style="margin:5px;width:495px;" src="/policesite/MediaAssets/violent%20crimes2023midyear.PNG" /><br></p><p></p><p>Homicides are down more than 13%. There was a total of 98 homicides in the first six months of 2023, compared to 113 in the same time period of 2022. In 82% of the 2023 cases a firearm was involved. </p><p>The clearance rate through the first six months of 2023 is 96.6%. This clearance rate includes clearances of homicides from prior years that were not recorded previously; this is in adherence to UCR reporting criteria. </p><p>If you exclude the previous years' clearances, that puts this year's clearance rate at 81.6%.</p><p>Robberies are down 12%, aggravated assaults have remained about the same as the year before, and rapes are up 10%. There were 51 more rapes reported in the first six months of this year than in the same time period in 2022. </p><p>The percentage of people victimized by unknown suspects has remained the same. In more than 66% of the reported rapes, the suspect was known to the victim. </p><p>With this increase in rape cases, comes an increase in sexual assault evidence collection kits needing analysis. Phoenix police is working with outside contracted vendors to assist with analyzing these kits. </p><p><strong>PROPERTY CRIMES</strong></p><p>Overall property crime is down 19% in Phoenix. Property crimes reported in UCR include burglary, theft, arson and motor vehicle theft. All areas except motor vehicle theft have seen a decrease in the first six months of 2023. <br></p><p><img style="margin:5px;width:495px;" src="/policesite/MediaAssets/propertycrimes2023midyear.png" /><br></p><p>Looking at the first six months of 2022 and 2023, burglaries are down 10%, theft is down 25.7% and arson is down 30.8%. </p><p>Motor vehicle theft has gone up 4% in the first six months of 2023. ​<br></p><p>Two types of vehicles, Kia and Hyundai, have seen a drastic increase in theft in 2023, while all other vehicle makes have seen a decrease. This increase is, in part, is believed to be associated with a social media trend involving the theft of Kia and Hyundai vehicles. Had the number of Kia and Hyundai thefts remained the same as 2022, overall </p><p>auto thefts would have decreased by 24%. There is also the possibility that those looking to steal automobiles chose Kia and Hyundai makes over other vehicles, accounting for the decrease in other makes and the significant increase in Kia and Hyundai makes.   <br></p><p><img style="margin:5px;width:495px;" src="/policesite/MediaAssets/stolenvehicles2023midyear.png" /><br></p><p><strong>OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTINGS</strong></p><p>Year-to-date, there have been 21 officer-involved shootings. Eighteen of those happening in the first six months of 2023 as compared to 13, in the first six months of 2022. </p><p>Of the 21 shootings this year, 16 of the suspects were armed with a firearm or replica firearm. Twelve of those suspects were prohibited possessors. </p><p>“A key component of the Crime Reduction Plan released in June is to focus on those who are illegally carry firearms. It is clear from what we've seen so far this year that prohibited possessors pose a danger to our community given the fact that they are not only willing to illegally possess weapons but use them against police officers," said Interim Chief Sullivan.  </p><p>Four suspects were armed with a weapon other than a firearm. It was later determined that two suspects died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds. </p><p>Additional data on officer-involved shootings can be found on the <a href="https://stories.opengov.com/phoenixaz/published/26IwcDHW8" target="_blank">Open Data Dashboard</a>.</p><p>In June, the updated draft <a href="/newsroom/police/2776" target="_blank">Use of Force Policy</a> was released. Forty-four substantive changes were made to emphasize the concepts of using time, distance and cover, various de-escalation techniques and force application standards. A copy of the updated draft Use of Force policy is available for <a href="https://public.powerdms.com/PhoenixPD/tree/documents/2604289" target="_blank">review now</a>. </p><p>Additional draft polices are under review related to Force Response Options, Reporting and Administrative Review and Duty to Intervene.</p><p>The finalized Use of Force Policy is expected to go into effect in early 2024. </p><p><strong>GUN CRIMES</strong></p><p>Non-fatal shootings are down in 2023. In the first six months of this year, we have seen a nearly 15% decrease in the number of shooting victims. </p><p>Year-to-date 2,547 guns have been impounded, compared to 2,700 in 2022 from January to the end of June. </p><p>In April 2023, Phoenix police launched the Non-Fatal Shooting Investigation Squad as a project within the Crime Gun Intelligence Unit. Their goal is to respond to the scene of non-fatal shootings, whenever a bullet pierces the skin, to assist or assume the investigation. Hear more about this unit on the <a href="https://ktar.com/category/podcast_player/?a=a67dd716-5413-4b6e-8e84-b02b00fd0cb9&pr=2d626a5f-d56c-447b-b21c-a8dc00007bae&pl=bb380dec-ccef-4249-a104-a8dc00007bb7&n=5-0+Info" target="_blank">Phoenix 5-0 Info Podcast</a>.<strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </strong></p><p><strong>TRAINING</strong></p><p>The Phoenix Police Department is committed to making sure its officers are equipped with the tools and training to best serve the community.  </p><p>The types of situations police respond to are constantly changing. Over the last few years there has been a dramatic increase in calls for individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis, contemplating suicide, and people are armed with weapons. </p><p>That is why the Department introduced Integrating Communications, Assessment and Tactics (ICAT) Training beginning in April 2023. This scenario-based de-escalation training focuses on dealing with subjects who are unarmed or armed with something other than a firearm. There is an emphasis on officers use of time, distance and cover as tactics for de-escalation. </p><p>Currently, 250 employees have been trained, the first being trained are our Field Training Officers (FTO). All FTOs have been since been trained. It is anticipated that the entire department will have been trained by August 2024. </p><p><strong>CRIME REDUCTION PLAN</strong></p><p>At the beginning of June, Interim Chief Sullivan announced the department's <a href="/newsroom/police/2771" target="_blank">Crime Reduction Plan</a>. This plan aims to focus on four priorities to prevent and control crime: the most violent people, the most active areas, prohibited possessors and violent offenders with outstanding arrest warrants.</p><p>Commanders of each precinct and bureau have been making progress on specific plans for their respective areas. <a href="/newsroom/police/2785" target="_blank">Operation Summer Shield</a>, a five-day operation that took place in June, is an example of the work being done to target the most violent people with outstanding warrants and prohibited possessors.</p><p>The full crime plan is available for the public to read on the <a href="/policesite/Documents/Crime_Reduction_Plan.pdf" target="_blank">department's website</a>.   ​<br></p><p><br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeNewspolicePhoenix Police Patrol VehiclePolice@phoenixpolicecrime statisticsPolice Main PIOphoenixpd.pio@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/36/Police2.pngPhoenixPolice



City of Phoenix Indigenous Peoples’ Day Holiday Noticehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2867City Manager9/22/2023 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2867/Newsroom_CityHall.jpgCity of Phoenix Indigenous Peoples’ Day Holiday Notice<div class="ExternalClass141B4C0824B54109836B6CDAA883A02E"><html> <p>​City of Phoenix offices will be closed Monday, October 9 in observance of the Indigenous Peoples' Day holiday. Here's how City services are affected:  </p> <p> <strong>Solid Waste Collection:</strong> Curbside trash and recycling schedules remain unchanged on Monday, October 9, with no schedule changes on the days following the holiday, either. Collection will happen as regularly scheduled, even on Indigenous Peoples' Day itself.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p> <strong>Transfer Stations:</strong> Both the 27th Ave. and North Gateway transfer stations will be closed on Monday, October 9.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p> <strong>Public Works Customer Contact Center:</strong> The Contact Center will be closed on Monday, October 9. It will reopen at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, October 10. Residents can call 602-262-6251.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p> <strong>Library:</strong> 16 of Phoenix Public Library's 17 locations will be closed Monday, October 9, in observance of Indigenous Peoples' Day holiday; <a href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/locations/smcl" target="_blank">South Mountain Community Library</a> will remain open. All Phoenix Public Library book drops and digital/eResources are available 24/7. Visit <a href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/" target="_blank">phoenixpubliclibrary.org</a> for more details.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p> <strong>Parking Meters</strong>: All parking meters are enforced 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, including weekends and holidays.   </p> <p> <strong>Parks and Recreation Facilities:</strong> City of Phoenix Community centers will be closed on Monday, October 9 for the holiday. Parks and trails will be open for regular hours, but please review “<a href="/parks/trails" target="_blank">Take a Hike. Do it Right</a>." safety guidelines before visiting a trail.    </p> <p> <strong>S'edav Va'aki Museum</strong> will be closed on Monday, October 9. </p> <p> <strong>Public Transit:</strong> Both bus and light rail will operate on a regular weekday schedule on Monday, Oct. 9. Check <a href="https://valleymetro.org/" target="_blank">ValleyMetro.org</a> for schedules.</p> <p> <strong>Dial-a-Ride service</strong> will be available, by reservation, between 4:40 a.m. to 11 p.m. To learn more about the Dial-a-Ride service, visit <a href="/dial-a-ride" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/dial-a-ride</a>.   </p> <p> <strong>Sky Harbor International Airport:</strong> America's Friendliest Airport® continues to see record numbers of passengers. The Airport will be busy throughout October as schools enjoy Fall breaks, so travelers should give themselves extra time. If flying domestically, arrive at least two hours early. If flying internationally, arrive three hours early. With heavy crowds overlapping, make sure to leave extra time for parking. <a href="https://www.skyharbor.com/parking/" target="_blank">Our Sky Harbor Parking program</a> makes it easy to reserve parking up to six months in advance. Enjoy convenient parking options in the terminal garages or an economy parking lot at the 24th Street PHX Sky Train® Station, which is an easy option for travelers who live west or north of the Airport.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNews
Phoenix Water Services Department Announces New Financial Incentives for Water Conservationhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/water-services/2874Water Services9/27/2023 10:55:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2874/Newroom_Water Incentives_graphic2023.pngPhoenix Water Services Department Announces New Financial Incentives for Water Conservation<div class="ExternalClass8B818A8AE8AD4C42A09931E0A51312B5"><html> <div>To promote sustainable water use and conservation, the Phoenix Water Services Dept. is introducing new financial incentives for residents. These incentives are aimed at encouraging the adoption of high-efficiency appliances and fixtures, saving water, and reducing household expenses.<br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>Residents can begin the application process by visiting the <a href="/waterservices/water-conservation-incentives" target="_blank">Water Conservation Incentives webpage​</a>. </strong></div><div><br></div><div>"Phoenix families understand the value of water and want to do their part to conserve this precious resource, which is why the City of Phoenix is working to make it even easier to do. On the heels of our innovative <a href="https://youtu.be/SdQgXEYpzsQ?si=dDNCzY0TpLLmNbe2https://youtu.be/SdQgXEYpzsQ?si=dDNCzY0TpLLmNbe2" target="_blank"><strong>water-leak sensor pilot program launch</strong></a>, these cost-cutting rebate programs will help residents address indoor and outdoor water waste. As Phoenix works to lead the region in sustainable development and advanced water purification, these programs are additional tangible ways we can support our water security now and for generations to come," Mayor Gallego said.<br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>Key Highlights of the Incentive Program:<br><br></strong></div><div><ul><li><strong>Water-Efficient Toilet</strong><strong>s</strong>: Residents can receive a $75 rebate for the purchase and installation of a new EPA WaterSense-labeled toilet of 1.28 Gallons Per Flush (GPF) or less.<br><br></li><li><strong>Smart Irrigation Controller: </strong>A $75 incentive is available for the purchase and installation of an EPA WaterSense-labeled smart irrigation controller.</li></ul></div><div>Both these devices can lead to an estimated saving of approximately 10,000 gallons of water per year for each household.<br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>Eligibility and Application Process:</strong></div><div><br></div><div>The program is open to single-family residential households or renters who are City of Phoenix water utility customers. Renters must include a letter of approval from their landlord. Interested participants can apply for the incentives in the "Submit Documents - City Services Bill" section of <strong><a href="https://phxatyourservice.dynamics365portals.us/" target="_blank">myPHX311</a></strong>. Detailed instructions and requirements for each incentive are available on the platform, ensuring a smooth application process.</div><div><br></div><div>"We are acutely aware that over 60% of residential water use occurs outdoors. The introduction of smart irrigation controllers can significantly reduce this number by optimizing water use. Similarly, the adoption of EPA WaterSense toilets can drastically cut down indoor water waste," said Max Wilson, Water Planning Division Deputy Director.</div><div><br></div><div>The Phoenix Water Services Department emphasizes that these incentives are not just about saving water; they are about ensuring the city's future sustainability. With the challenges posed by population growth and changing climate patterns, every gallon saved contributes to the city's resilience.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Financial Disbursement:</strong></div><div><br></div><div>Qualified applicants will receive their incentive in the form of a check, mailed to the address on file for their City Services Bill. Please allow up to 90 days for processing and delivery.</div><div><br></div><div>For more information, FAQs, or to begin the application process, residents are encouraged to visit the <a href="/waterservices/water-conservation-incentives" target="_blank"><strong>Water Conservation Incentives webpage</strong></a><strong>. </strong></div><div><br></div><div><strong>Free Xeriscape Plans Available Now </strong></div><div><br></div><div>Additionally, the City of Phoenix has released three free desert landscape plans for residents to implement at home. Native plants are a great way to save water and money. By choosing desert plants, residents can reduce outdoor water use by 85%. These plans are an example of the conservation team's many program developments to come, with a greater focus on designing water-saving solutions that can easily be accomplished by residents. To download a xeriscape plan, visit <a href="/waterservices/savewater" target="_blank"><strong>phoenix.gov/savewater.</strong></a></div><div><br></div><div><strong>About City of Phoenix Water Services Department</strong></div><div><br></div><div>The City of Phoenix Water Services Department is dedicated to providing high-quality, reliable, and sustainable water services to the residents, businesses, and visitors of Phoenix. With a commitment to water conservation, innovation, and long-term planning, the department ensures a secure and resilient water supply for future generations.  For more information, visit <a href="/waterservices" target="_blank"><strong>phoenix.gov/water.</strong></a></div><div><br></div><div><strong>Media Contacts:</strong><br></div><div>Jimena Garrison<br></div><div>Public Information Officer</div><div>Water Services</div><div>480-390-1933<br></div><div><a href="mailto:jimena.garrison@phoenix.gov" target="_blank"><strong>jimena.garrison@phoenix.gov</strong></a></div><div><br></div><div>Michael Gertzman<br></div><div>Sr. Public Information Officer </div><div>Water Services</div><div>602-534-1209</div><div><a href="mailto:michael.gertzman@phoenix.gov" target="_blank"><strong>michael.gertzman@phoenix.gov</strong></a><br></div><p><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservicesNews
Phoenix to Host Its First Electric Vehicle Test Drive Eventhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2873Environment & Sustainability9/27/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2873/blue EV hood (1).jpgPhoenix to Host Its First Electric Vehicle Test Drive Event<div class="ExternalClass406561A67124444598CD3C163EECA911"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">I</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">n</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> honor of National Drive Electric Week, The City of Phoenix's Office of Sustainability is hosting its first-ever Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive event on Saturday, Sept. 30. The public is invited to attend, and test drive a variety of affordable and luxury electric vehicles.</span></p> <p>More than 20 electric vehicle models will be available to drive during the event including various Tesla and Rivian models, the Chevrolet Bolt, the Kia EV6, and the BMW iX. </p> <p>In addition to test driving vehicles, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with several vendors. Utility companies SRP and APS will be available to answer questions about incentives and rebates offered to electric vehicle owners. Waymo, Blink, Buzze and many other vendors will also be in attendance!</p> <p>The event is from 8 a.m. to noon at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave. Onsite parking is available and residents can register to drive an electric vehicle on the <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-drive-electric-week-phoenix-ev-ride-drive-tickets-695472355537?aff=oddtdtcreator" target="_blank">Eventbrite</a> website. </p> <p>Media interviews will be available leading up to the event and the day of. <br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNews




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