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The Phoenix Police Department Welcomes Next Steps in DOJ Investigationhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2827Police8/3/2023 11:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/yXVh8AT3hvsThe Phoenix Police Department Welcomes Next Steps in DOJ Investigation<div class="ExternalClass688990C514CD46E3BC37201485C91424"><html> <p>​Phoenix, AZ –The City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Police Department are continuing to collaborate with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) during its ongoing “Pattern or Practice" investigation into Phoenix PD. Over the course of the now 24-month investigation, city and police leaders have provided the DOJ with documents, videos, interviews, ride-a-longs, and access to training sessions with the department.</p> <p>The investigation has come with challenges, as it took several months to negotiate a method for sharing sensitive law enforcement information which complied with FBI standards. The City of Phoenix follows FBI rules for Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS), which regulate the sharing of sensitive information like fingerprints, documents, and other evidence belonging to those involved in the criminal justice process. The DOJ initially declined several offered solutions, however both parties came to an agreement in late 2021.</p> <p>Since resolving the issue, the City of Phoenix has provided more than 20,000 Body Worn Camera videos and 80,000 requested documents to DOJ investigators. </p> <p>During the seventh, and most recent in-person site visit from April 11–14, 2023, DOJ investigators interviewed staff members on the Community Assistance Program (CAP) and Field Training Officer (FTO) program. Additionally, the DOJ took part in a learning session to better understand the City of Phoenix's public records request process. During the four-day site visit in April, the DOJ also spent significant time at the Phoenix Regional Police Academy where they observed Small Team Tactics and High-Risk Vehicle Stop training. </p> <p>During previous site visits to Phoenix in 2022, representatives participated in more than 200 hours of ride-alongs while touring and observing multiple precincts across the city. The DOJ participated in other noteworthy exercises to include the shadowing of School Resource Officers (SRO), Community Action Officers (CAO), and attending supervisor leadership training and use of force training. In between site visits, the City of Phoenix routinely met virtually with DOJ attorneys to provide clarification on documents shared and technology used to capture data.</p> <p>The City of Phoenix welcomes the next steps in this process and continues open dialogue with DOJ leadership. For detailed information on the investigation including an updated timeline, please visit:  <a target="_blank" href="/policesite/Pages/DOJ.aspx">phoenix.gov/police/doj</a><br></p> <p> <strong>BACKGROUND ON INVESTIGATION</strong> </p> <p>On August 5<sup>th</sup>, 2021, the United States Department of Justice announced a Civil Pattern or Practice investigation into the Phoenix Police Department. This is the 71<sup>st</sup> investigation of its kind since the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (H.R. 3355) was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. The law provides The Department of Justice authority to initiate and conduct Pattern or Practice (PoP) civil investigations of municipal, county, and state-based law enforcement organizations. As outlined in the DOJ's initial announcement and notice to the city of Phoenix, this investigation encompasses five focus areas which are as follows:</p> <ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"> <li>Assess all types of force, including deadly force.</li> <li>Whether PPD engages in retaliatory activity against people for conduct protected by the first Amendment.</li> <li>Whether PPD engages in discriminatory policing.</li> <li>Whether PPD unlawfully seizes or disposes of the belongings of individuals experiencing homelessness.</li> <li>Assess City and Police systems and practices for responding to people with disabilities.</li> </ol> <p> <strong>PROCESS MOVING FORWARD</strong> </p> <p>According to the DOJ website, the division will issue a public report detailing the findings at the conclusion of its investigation. If investigators do not find systemic violations of constitutional or federal statutory rights by the Phoenix Police Department, then the investigation will be closed.</p> <p>If the investigation does reveal what the DOJ considers to be patterns or practices of misconduct, it will articulate what those are, and create Recommended Remedial Measures (RRM) to correct them. These measures usually take the form of a negotiated, and then court ordered agreement overseen by an independent monitor, according to the <a style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" target="_blank" href="https://www.justice.gov/file/how-pp-investigations-work/download">Department of Justice Website</a>.<br></p> <p>If the DOJ and law enforcement entity being investigated are unable to negotiate an agreement, the DOJ can bring a lawsuit in attempt to secure their recommendations, according to U.S. law.<br></p><br></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideopolicePolicePolice Main PIOphoenixpd.pio@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/36/Police2.pngPhoenixPolice

 

 

Fire Ban in Desert Parks and Preserves Starts May 1https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/3078Parks and Recreation4/19/2024 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3078/Phoenix-Mountain-Preserve.jpgFire Ban in Desert Parks and Preserves Starts May 1<div class="ExternalClass85336C54B5D449EFBC16497AFE21DD2B"><html> <p>The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will put into effect its annual ban of open fires in the City's desert parks and mountain preserves starting Wednesday, May 1, 2024. The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department's annual fire ban goes into effect the same day .</p><p>In consultation with the Phoenix Fire Department, smoking and charcoal fires are included in the ban due to the extreme fire danger that the combination of low humidity, increased temperatures, excessive dry vegetation, and frequent high winds create each spring.</p><p>The ban applies to <strong>Camelback Mountain, Deem Hills Recreation Area, Lookout Mountain, Papago Park, Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area, Phoenix Mountains Preserve, Phoenix Sonoran Preserve, North Mountain Park, Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, and South Mountain Park/Preserve.</strong></p><p>The ban does not apply to the City's flatland parks.</p><p>For those using the City's desert parks and preserve land, the fire ban stipulates the following:</p><p>·       Open wood and charcoal fires are prohibited</p><p>·       Propane or gas grills may be used, but only in established picnic areas</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>The following activities continue to be prohibited year-round:</strong></span></p><ul style="" class="" dir=""><li>Smoking outside enclosed vehicles </li><li>Fireworks</li></ul><p>Motorists traveling through or near Phoenix's desert parks and mountain preserves should use extreme care with smoking materials and dispose of those only in their vehicle's ash tray.</p><p>To protect their homes, residents whose property borders the City's preserve land may remove dry shrubs, brush and grasses, and trim dead branches from trees within the 10-foot strip of land that borders their property. By creating this 10-foot "buffer zone" residents can help to protect their homes from potential brush fires in the adjacent preserve land.</p><p>Preserve neighbors also should check irrigation lines and pool back-flush hoses to ensure that water is not seeping into the preserve. Outside water sources encourage unnaturally dense vegetation growth, which increases fire risk.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews
​ City Exhibit Takes Aim at Sexual Assault Victim “Shaming" and “Blaming"https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/30794/19/2024 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3079/library.jpg​ City Exhibit Takes Aim at Sexual Assault Victim “Shaming" and “Blaming"<div class="ExternalClass528E88C714FC416F97FA616B56521FCD"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">The City of Phoenix's Strategic Initiatives team invites you to visit a powerful exhibit to raise awareness about sexual assault as part of April's “Let's Talk Teal Campaign." April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the city provides resources and awareness events all month.</span></p> <p>The exhibit titled “What were you wearing?" draws attention to the “rape culture," where questions and statements like these are common, and put the blame on the victim. Victim shaming and blaming discourages victims from coming forward to report the crime and seek help. The display features the stories of several survivors and a representation of the clothes they were wearing when they were assaulted. </p> <p>The exhibit is on display at Burton Barr Library on the 2nd floor through April 24th.</p> <p>The <a target="_blank" href="/humanservices/programs/strategicinitiatives">City of Phoenix's Strategic Initiatives</a> section collaborates with community partners to combat domestic violence, sexual assault, unhealthy youth relationships, human trafficking, and to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We achieve this mission through prevention, training, community awareness, and enhancing services for the overall well-being of those we serve .​<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>News
Operation Makeup Breakuphttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3077Police4/19/2024 12:00:00 AMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_2RWf2kCisOperation Makeup Breakup<div class="ExternalClassD2BFF659F0AD40889598610F676EACBE"><html> <p>The Phoenix Police Department recently made multiple arrests and recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen property in an organized retail theft investigation, Operation Makeup Breakup.</p> <p> <br>On Thursday, April 18, 2024, the Department and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office provided statements to the public as well as video surveillance, body worn camera footage, and photographs highlighting the investigation and what was seized after executing multiple search warrants.<br><br>The six-month long investigation looked into an organized cosmetic retail fence; a fence being the individual or group who are purchasing stolen goods and reselling for a profit.<br><br>As a result of the investigation, three women were arrested and detectives were able to recover over 20,000 items, valued at over $560,000.<br><br>The fence was operating three “stores” out of homes in the Phoenix and Tonopah area. Rooms in these homes had been converted into the store fronts that people were invited in to purchase the cosmetics. These stores were not the only way the items were being sold, they were also being sold online and shipped, in some cases in bulk to other states and countries.<br><br>Over the course of the investigation, detectives learned that this fence had been operating for five years.<br><br>The fence purchased the stolen cosmetics from various boosters, individuals who steal or shoplift the goods to sell. Boosters are known to have a “shopping list” of items they know a fence will pay them for.<br><br>The suspects in this case are facing charges of Illegal Control of an Enterprise and Trafficking in Stolen Property.<br><br>“My hope is that this sends a strong message that we are committed to investigating and arresting individuals of all crimes, and theft of this magnitude will not be tolerated,” said Interim Police Chief Michael Sullivan.<br><br>These crimes are taken seriously by the department and the County Attorney’s Office.<br><br>“We need to pay particular attention to this kind of crime – especially when it’s at this scale – because it affects everyone’s bottom line,” said County Attorney Rachel Mitchell. “Retailers have to offset their losses which can mean those of us who are law-abiding citizens pay higher prices.”  <br><br>This is still an open investigation and details available for release are limited.  <br><br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo

 

 

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