Phoenix Police Department Reserve Division 72nd Awards Ceremonyhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3034Police2/27/2024 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3034/reserveawards.pngPhoenix Police Department Reserve Division 72nd Awards Ceremony<div class="ExternalClassB14336FA41F041C4A3E5CBF6AD5A1DCD"><html> <p> On Thursday, February 22, 2024, the Phoenix Police Department Reserve Division held its 72nd Annual Awards Ceremony to recognize those who volunteer their time to serve the community as a reserve police officer.<br><br>​Reserve officers are civic-minded and highly motivated men and women who volunteer to serve our community as part-time, full-authority police officers. Currently, there are 135 reserve officers within the Phoenix Police Department and last year they donated 42,316 hours of work for a total value of $4,943,306.<br><br>“The selflessness of these reserves is a direct reflection of who they are and their commitment to the community," said Joseph Klima, Reserve Division Assistant Chief. “Being a reserve officer is a unique way to volunteer and give back to the community."</p><p>Reserve officers complete the same selection process and the same police academy training as full-time, career police officers. After gaining experience in patrol, reserves have the opportunity to work in many specialty assignments around the department.<br><br>During the award ceremony, officers were recognized for their years of service, number hours worked, top shooters, the Police Chief's Award and the Alex Mertens Award.</p><p><img class="" style="width:400px;height:267px;vertical-align:baseline;margin:0px;" alt="Officer Danielson (middle) with his chain of command" src="/policesite/MediaAssets/danielson.jpg" /><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></p><p>Reserve Officer Keith Danielson was awarded the Alex Mertens Award for being an outstanding recruit and first year officer. Danielson is an officer in the Desert Horizon Precinct and has donated over 1,000 hours since starting just over a year ago.<br><br>Danielson had always wanted to be a police officer, but “life got in the way" as he put it and he pursued a career in IT. His day job is working in the Phoenix Police Department's Information Technologies Bureau. Danielson never thought he could pursue law enforcement until he learned about the Reserve Division.<br><br>“I absolutely love it. It has been the most fun and rewarding job I have had," Danielson said. “I am considering going full time."<br><br>The Police Chief's Award was presented to Lieutenant Lynette Butcher for being the outstanding Reserve Officer of the Year. <br><img class="" style="width:400px;height:266px;margin:0px;vertical-align:baseline;" alt="Chief Sullivan, Lt. Butcher and Commannder Cusson" src="/policesite/MediaAssets/butcher.jpg" /><br>Butcher had a 25-year plus career with Phoenix Police and when she retired became a reserve officer in 2019.<br><br>“I became a reserve to give back. I am blessed to be a part of Phoenix PD," said Butcher. “In my opinion, the Phoenix Police Department is the best law enforcement organization in the country."<br><br>Butcher is assigned to the Employment Services Bureau and is a background investigator. In her assignment, she over sees the background investigations for all of the reserve officer applicants.<br><br>Approximately 60 percent of the Reserve Division is made of officers like Butcher who have retired from the department and want to continue to serve Phoenix. The other 40 percent have full-time careers in other fields but have a desire to give back to the community.<br><br>Officer Jordan Crump has been a reserve for 10 years. He originally joined the Reserves because the Phoenix Police Department was not hiring when he graduated college and it was the only way for him to become a Phoenix police officer. By the time Phoenix started hiring, Crump had started a career in the restaurant industry and has happily continued as a reserve in the South Mountain Precinct.<br><br>“My day job is very repetitive and when I work my shifts with police it is so different every day; no two calls are the same."<br><br>Being a reserve officer is a great way for those to live out childhood dreams of being a police officer for those whose lives had taken them in another direction. Commander John Rodeman is an example of that.<br><br>Rodeman has risen through the ranks of the Reserve Division over the last 10 years. As a kid he would go on ride-alongs with a neighbor who was an officer and it sparked an interest in law enforcement. Life took him in a different direction and then one day he was attending a toy drive during the holiday season and met a reserve officer.<br><br>“I applied that very night," said Rodeman. “This has been the greatest way to volunteer."<br><br>Officer Sam Villalobos has a similar story.<br><br>Villalobos had always had an interest in law enforcement but studied engineering in school, got married and started a family. He believed he was leaving behind his dreams of working in law enforcement.<br><br>“I thought that the feeling I had to be a part of something bigger than myself would lessen over time," shared Villalobos. “But it only got stronger and then I found out about the Phoenix Reserve program. It is a privilege to be able to give back."<br><br>Villalobos has been a reserve for three and a half years and works in the Desert Horizon Precinct. He was recognized during the award ceremony for being one of the Top Shooters during the annual qualification.<br><br>Many of the reserves have a similar story of a childhood dream of becoming a police officer and being able to fulfill that dream by serving as a reserve officer. <br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><img class="" style="width:300px;margin:0px;vertical-align:baseline;height:420px;" alt="Officer Cone and Chief Sullivan" src="/policesite/MediaAssets/cone.jfif" /><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br>Officer David Cone is another one of those officers. Cone was recognized during the ceremony for donating the most hours in a year. He worked 1099 hours in 2023.To compare, a full-time job is 2080 hours a year.<br><br>“This has been a life changing experience, you get to help someone on their worst day," said Cone.<br><br>Cone retired as the Chief Financial Officer for Taylor Morrison and has been spending his retirement volunteering time as a reserve officer. He works assignments as a Field Training Officer and a Recruit Training Officer for the Reserve Academy. <br><img class="" style="width:350px;height:234px;margin:0px;vertical-align:baseline;" alt="Sgt. Asay and Chief Sullivan" src="/policesite/MediaAssets/asay.jpg" /><br>Sergeant James Asay is also retired from his career, commercial printing, and volunteering weekly as a reserve.<br><br>Asay was recognized during the ceremony for his dedicated service as a reserve officer for 36 years. He promoted to sergeant in 1991 and currently is assigned to the Cactus Park Precinct. Asay has given over 19,000 hours of his time to the department.<br><br>“I would not want to do this anywhere else," said Asay when asked about why volunteer with Phoenix Police. “I know if I get into a situation that I always have backup coming."<br><br>The Reserve Division also gave out a couple of awards to members of the department outside of the division for their support of the reserves.<br><br>Interim Police Chief Michael Sullivan was awarded the Sam Leabo Award for his contributions to the Reserve Division and his never-ending support.<br>​<img class="" style="width:250px;margin:0px;vertical-align:baseline;" alt="Chaplain Fesmire and Chief Sullivan" src="/policesite/MediaAssets/chaplin.jpg" /><br>Police Chaplain Robert Fesmire was recognized for his commitment to serving the department. Fesmire is a volunteer assigned to the Employee Assistance Unit.<br><br>“Chaplain Fesmire embodies selflessness," said Executive Assistant Chief Derek Elmore. “He goes beyond the call of duty to support responding to as many calls as he can and seeing every member of the department and their families as part of his family."<br><br>The Reserve Division was established in 1918 and is a valued part of the police department. <br><br>For more information about the Reserve Division, please visit the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.phoenixpolicereserve.org/">Phoenix Police Reserve website</a> or call 602-534-9000.<br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeNewspoliceChief Sullivan addresses Reserves during ceremonyPolice@phoenixpolice @phxpdreservePolice Main PIOphoenixpd.pio@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/36/Police2.pngPhoenixPolice



Phoenix Police Unveils Newly Renovated Victim Centerhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3076Police4/15/2024 7:30:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/nXBTOnrKQ2M?si=hNHOrmMnSYZUa-hIPhoenix Police Unveils Newly Renovated Victim Center<div class="ExternalClass998DE69D666F4803AC00AD9A9E79D05F"><html> <p>​After nearly four years, the newly renovated Victim Center was unveiled Thursday at the Phoenix Family Advocacy Center.<br></p> <p>The Victim Center is the home base of the Phoenix Police Department's Family Investigations Bureau where detectives, nurses and victim advocates investigate sexual and domestic violence cases as well as interview victims, some of whom may be reporting crimes for the first time. The center first opened in 1999 and last renovations happened more than 10 years ago.</p> <p>In collaboration with the Phoenix Police Foundation, the City of Phoenix was able to fund a significant renovation of the center through a public-private partnership.</p> <p>The new center now has private waiting rooms that can accommodate families and children, warmer interview rooms and enhanced privacy measures.</p> <p>"Anyone that comes through these doors is having a really terrible day," said Phoenix Police Commander Sara Garza, “so whatever we can do here to make sure that we're doing everything that we can to make it less terrible is our goal."</p> <p>In 2023, Phoenix PD received just under 34,000 calls for service involving domestic violence and investigated just over 800 sexual assault cases. For those victims, having a warm, comfortable and safe environment is crucial.</p> <p>"These victims had a very tiny waiting room, so they had no privacy," Garza said. “So, if you were reporting something and we had another victim waiting for, let's say, a nurse's exam or a detective interview, they might be sitting together, and victims always value privacy, especially during these sensitive investigations."</p> <p>“It's crucial for a victim to come into a space that is comfortable and a safe place," said Debbie Valenzuela, a victim advocate with the City of Phoenix Victim Services. “It's not just a big deal for us as advocates and detectives, but also the nurses. But it's big on the victims knowing that they are here in a nice, comfortable place, will welcome them when working with victims of sexual and domestic violence."</p> <p>The new design will provide a comfortable setting that respects the privacy and needs of victims during their most challenging times.</p> <p>"This is going to make an environment for somebody that's really having a horrible day into something that is a little bit more pleasant, allows the detectives to do their jobs, allows people to report their crimes and feel more comfortable doing so," said President of the Phoenix Police Foundation Tim Thomas.</p> <p>"I hope that all victims that come through the center leave with their dignity and their respect intact," said Garza, “that they have trust in the police and our victim advocates and the whole system, that we will give it the best chance towards justice for them and they leave as a whole person."<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo
Final Four Success: Phoenix Achieves Another Zero Waste Eventhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-works/3075Public Works (Trash and Recycling)4/15/2024 5:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3075/Newsroom photo Final Four.jpgFinal Four Success: Phoenix Achieves Another Zero Waste Event<div class="ExternalClass0211F42A9DE049A0A0FCACBF5FB26C08"><html>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:16px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">​The final numbers are in and Phoenix once again reached its goal of </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:16px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">making Final Four Fan Fest a Zero Waste Event. During the four days of downtown events, 94.2% of all waste collected by the Public Works Department was diverted away from the landfill. A Zero Waste event is defined as one with at least 90% waste diversion.<br></span><br style="font-size:16px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"><div><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">Public Works collected, sorted, and weighed a total of 54.48 tons of waste from Fan Fest events. Of that, 51.32 tons was comprised of food waste (and other compostable items) and recyclable materials (such as paper, cardboard, and plastic water bottles). Food waste and compostable items were sent to the 27</span><span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span style="" data-fontsize="12">th</span></span><span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> Avenue Compost Facility.  Recyclable items were sent to the North Gateway Transfer Station’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) where they will be further sorted, baled, and shipped off to remanufacturers.</span></span></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">Only 5.8% of the waste from downtown Final Four events ended up in the landfill.</span></span></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><br></span></span></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">“Achieving this Zero Waste event was a process that started long before the Final Four came to town,” said Lorizelda Stoeller, Deputy Public Works Director. “There’s so much planning that goes into bin placement, collection schedules, and educating visitors about which items should go in which bin.”</span></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">About 60 Public Works employees were working shifts throughout the Final Four events. Even after the National Championship was over, crews continued sorting through waste at the Transfer Station, gathering recyclable items that were placed in garbage bins. Together, those crews walked more than 640,000 steps – more than 320 miles!</span></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">During the events, residential collection and bulk trash pick-ups throughout Phoenix</span><span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> </span><span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">also c</span></span><span style="font-size:16px;background-color:window;color:windowtext;">ontinued as regularly scheduled without interruption.</span></span></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">“I am proud that major Zero Waste events are the standard for Phoenix," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. "In 2023, we hosted the greenest Super Bowl Experience on record, so it was only natural for us to follow-up with a Zero Waste Final Four Fan Fest this year. We appreciate visitors' efforts to recycle right and congratulate our Public Works staff on both this amazing accomplishment and continued dedication to putting on sustainable events in Phoenix!"</span></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><div style="font-size:13.3333px;"><span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:16px;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>During downtown events surrounding Super Bowl LVII, Public Works collected 101 tons of material, <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-works/2666">92.6% of which was diverted from the landfill​</a>.</span><span style="font-size:16px;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;margin:0px;padding:0px;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" data-ccp-props="{"134233117":false,"134233118":false,"201341983":0,"335551550":1,"335551620":1,"335559685":-20,"335559737":-20,"335559738":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}" class="EOP SCXW16245691 BCX0"> ​</span></span></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;margin:0px;padding:0px;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;" data-ccp-props="{"134233117":false,"134233118":false,"201341983":0,"335551550":1,"335551620":1,"335559685":-20,"335559737":-20,"335559738":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}" class="EOP SCXW16245691 BCX0"><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></span></div><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></span></div></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/publicworksNews
Phoenix Scores $1.2 Million Transit Oriented Development Light Rail Grant https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/3074Public Transit4/12/2024 9:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3074/Public_Transit_Newsroom_49.jpgPhoenix Scores $1.2 Million Transit Oriented Development Light Rail Grant <div class="ExternalClass8462171C179549C9BFD524A1AFFD2C54"><html> <p>The City of Phoenix received a $1.2 million <a href="https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grants/grant-programs/fiscal-year-2023-transit-oriented-development-tod-planning-projects" target="_blank">TOD (Transit Oriented Development) grant</a> from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to help with efforts to improve access to public transit and create a transit-oriented walkable, livable and sustainable community.<br></p> <p>These types of grants help organizations, like the City of Phoenix, plan with the community around major transportation projects to improve access to public transit and affordable housing. <br></p> <p>Accessible public transit is critical to the economic health and growth of our City’s communities. After the completion of the <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/south-central-extension-downtown-hub" target="_blank">South Central Downtown Hub</a> light rail extension, scheduled for 2025, the existing light rail line - the Phoenix Light Rail Main Line -  will become a multi-line system with the downtown Phoenix area serving as the center for system transfers. The FTA awards this TOD grant for Phoenix’s Light Rail Main Line that includes the <a href="/pdd/reinvent-phx" target="_blank">Reinvent PHX</a>, <a href="/pdd/tod/19north" target="_blank">19North</a>, downtown Phoenix and the 50th Street station areas.<br></p> <p>Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Councilmembers expressed their support for the award: ​<br></p> <p>“Transit oriented development has been an inextricable part of our mission to build a Phoenix that works for everyone. This new grant will help us build a more dynamic city that seamlessly connects residents to work, the grocery store, to school or their doctor’s office—all without having to rely on a car. Together, we will continue working towards a more equitable city that prioritizes mixed-use projects,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. </p> <p>“This grant signifies continued progress for the City of Phoenix and for our residents,” said Phoenix Vice Mayor and Transportation, Infrastructure and Planning Subcommittee Chair Debra Stark. “Having access to a reliable and efficient transportation system helps strengthen our economy and revitalize our communities. This is a win-win not just for public transit accessibility but for all our community.”</p> <p> “We are excited to receive the Transit Oriented Development grant from the FTA,” said Councilwoman Ann O’Brien. “These funds are important to the City’s continued effort to create transit-oriented communities. FTA funds are currently helping build the Metro Transit Oriented District, which is part of the Northwest Extension Phase II project.” </p> <p> “The City of Phoenix has achieved a great milestone in receiving this FTA grant. This will help us reach our goals to support our communities and create access to affordable housing and mixed-use development opportunities,” said Councilwoman Laura Pastor. </p> <p> “With the newly awarded TOD grant, the City of Phoenix can continue its efforts to create strategies around transit oriented development and equitable communities – congratulations to all our teams for securing these funds,” said Councilwoman Kesha Hodge Washington.“ </p> <p>This marks the 5th Transit Oriented Development (TOD) grant awarded to Phoenix under the <a href="https://www.transit.dot.gov/TODPilot" target="_blank">Transit Oriented Development Planning program</a>. <br></p> <p>The TOD funds will be utilized with the following primary goals in mind:<br></p> <p>• Evaluate current and projected growth and development.</p> <p>• Assess affordable housing and development opportunities with emphasis on city-owned, vacant and large development sites.</p> <p>• Make recommendations to streamline permitting for rental housing and other community visions.</p> <p>• Educate and engage community stakeholders on the various transit-oriented development growth opportunities.<br></p> <p>Phoenix is one of 20 cities to receive a portion of the <a href="https://www.transit.dot.gov/TOD" target="_blank">$17.6 million awarded​</a> in 16 states.<br><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNews




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