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 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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