2024 Crime Reduction Plan Releasedhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3125Police6/11/2024 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3125/CRIME REDUCTION PLAN NEWSROOM.png2024 Crime Reduction Plan Released<div class="ExternalClass893FF6D61A12454B9AB11F43BB8766F2"><html> <p> The Phoenix Police Department has released its <a target="_blank" href="/policesite/Documents/2024CrimeReductionPlan.pdf">2024 Crime Reduction Plan</a>  which focuses on preventing and controlling criminal activity in Phoenix, while striving to enhance the quality of life for both businesses and citizens.<br></p><p>This year's plan will build on the successes of the 2023 Crime Reduction Plan. The new plan has the same strategic priorities of focusing on the most violent offenders, the most active areas, prohibited possessors and those with warrants. The 2024 Crime Reduction Plan relies on data driven strategies, lessons learned and emerging trends in 2023 that show we must address the fentanyl epidemic and increase in juvenile violent crime.<br></p><p>“We are losing far too many of our young people to gun violence and the effects of the fentanyl epidemic on our community have been immense," said Interim Police Chief Michael Sullivan.<br>The analysis of 2023 data and trends have resulted in revised goals. These goals are not comprehensive but reflect the focus areas and strategies addressing criminal activity in the city.<br></p><p><strong>Goal 1 – Reduce Crime</strong></p><p>Reduce the number of violent crimes in the City of Phoenix by 5% and the number of property crimes by 8%.<br></p><p>In 2023, there was a 4% decrease in violent crimes and a 13% decrease in Property Crimes compared to 2022. Of the eight crime types tracked, a decrease was seen in seven of them. Homicides and robberies were down more than 10% each.<br></p><p><strong>Goal 2 – Increase Apprehensions Related to Fentanyl</strong></p><p>Increase the number of apprehensions for the sale and distribution of fentanyl and methamphetamine by 3%.<br></p><p>In 2023, there were 3,555 fentanyl related arrests and more than 4,500,000 fentanyl pills seized. Eighty percent of drug related investigations in Phoenix are fentanyl based.<br></p><p>The Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office reported that in 2022, there were 1,023 deaths due to fatal overdoses in Phoenix.<br></p><p><strong>Goal 3 – Reduce Juvenile Violent Crime</strong></p><p>Reduce the juvenile violent crime rate by 5% focusing on intelligent enforcement, partnerships with courts and prosecutors, legislation and statute changes and youth engagement and education.<br></p><p>The data shows that there was a significant increase in juveniles committing violent crimes. Comparing specific crime types, there was a 76% increase overall for crimes like homicide, robbery, aggravated assault, weapons violations, motor vehicle theft and stolen property.<br></p><p><strong>Goal 4 – Increase Use of Technology to Fight Crime</strong></p><p>Increase technology tools to continue to assist with lowering crime in the City. This technology includes the Real Time Operations Centers (RTOC), drones, license plate readers, gun-shot detection equipment, fixed cameras and laptops for all patrol officers.<br></p><p>In early 2024, a Real Time Operations Center went fully operational in Cactus Park Precinct. The RTOC leverages the use of technology to fight crime in a designated area of the precinct, the 27th Avenue corridor. In this area, license plate readers, gun-shot detection equipment and fixed cameras have all been installed to feed information to the RTOC.<br></p><p>More information about the Cactus Park RTOC can be found on the <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/police/3053">PHX Newsroom</a>.<br></p><p>City Council has already approved funding for an RTOC in the Desert Horizon Precinct that is expected to become fully operational within the next year.<br></p><p><strong>Goal 5 – Reduce Fatal & Serious Injury Collisions</strong></p><p>Increase the use of Traffic Bureau Motors partnering with precincts to overlay traffic enforcement plans where violent crime hotspots are identified. The Traffic Bureau will create a comprehensive traffic enforcement plan, in collaboration with the Patrol Division, with the goal of reducing fatality and serious injury collisions by 5%.<br></p><p>A speed enforcement program has already been put in place and the first targeted area had increased enforcement in May. More information about the program can be found in an article recently release on the <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/police/3118">PHX Newsroom</a>.<br></p><p>Working within this framework, each Precinct and Bureau Commander will develop an individualized custom action plan.<br></p><p>“We are committed to building strong, trusting relationships with our community and the key to that is transparency and accountability at every level of our organization, said Chief Sullivan. “Amidst the challenges that come our way, we continue to evolve and remain vigilant in our mission to protect our community."<br></p><p>The success of the Crime Reduction Plan will take the work of all our employees, both sworn and professional staff, in all work units of the Department. It will also rely on the continued strengthening of the trusted relationship between law enforcement and the community.<br></p><p>View the plan: <a href="/policesite/Documents/2024CrimeReductionPlan.pdf" target="_blank">www.phoenix.gov/policesite/Documents/2024CrimeReductionPlan.pdf​</a><br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeNewspolice2024 Crime Reduction Plan GraphicPolicephoenixpoliceCrime Reduction PlanPolice Main PIO https://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/36/Police2.pngPhoenixPolice



Phoenix Parks Partners with IMPACT Melanoma to Bring Awareness to Skin Cancerhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/3141Parks and Recreation6/21/2024 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3141/El-Oso-Sunscreen-Dispenser.jpgPhoenix Parks Partners with IMPACT Melanoma to Bring Awareness to Skin Cancer<div class="ExternalClass308CA226358745318F801EEEA515EEE4"><html> <p>​The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is proud to announce a partnership with IMPACT Melanoma, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing skin cancer. This collaboration aims to enhance sun safety practices at various splash pad locations across the City by providing free sunscreen to park visitors.<br></p> <p>The decision to initiate this partnership comes as a response to the pressing need for increased awareness and prevention of skin cancer, particularly melanoma, which poses a significant health risk in Arizona's sunny climate. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 100,640 individuals in the United States will be diagnosed with melanoma in 2024 alone.</p> <p>"Our desert environment exposes us to intense UV radiation, making sun protection a critical aspect of public health," said Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department Cynthia Aguilar. "By joining forces with IMPACT Melanoma, we are taking proactive steps to ensure the well-being of our community members and promote sun-safe behaviors."</p> <p>“IMPACT Melanoma is thrilled to partner with Phoenix Parks and Recreation to share melanoma prevention education and provide free sunscreen at neighborhood splash pads," said IMPACT Melanoma Executive Director Deb Girard.</p> <p>Under this partnership, IMPACT Melanoma will supply six portable sunscreen dispensers to be strategically placed at select splash pad locations throughout the City. These dispensers will be regularly maintained and refilled with sunscreen throughout the 2024 splash pad season, which runs from May 25 to October 1.</p> <p>The six splash pad sites participating in this initiative include:</p> <ul> <li>Altadena Park - 3711 E. Altadena Ave.</li> <li>Margaret T. Hance Park – 67 W. Culver St.</li> <li>El Oso Park - 3451 N. 75th Ave.</li> <li>Mariposa Park - 3150 W. Morten Ave.</li> <li>Nuestro Park - 1433 S. 9th St.</li> <li>Trailside Point Park - 7215 W. Vineyard Rd.</li> </ul> <p>The partnership agreement was unanimously approved by the Parks and Recreation Board, reflecting the collective dedication to safeguarding public health and promoting sun safety practices. As summer approaches, this collaborative effort stands as a testament to the City's commitment to the well-being of its residents.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews
Phoenix Fire Department New Heat Illness Treatment Toolhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/3140Fire6/20/2024 8:20:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3140/BK3A9673-Enhanced-NR.jpghttps://youtu.be/V_6ygBrd5GwPhoenix Fire Department New Heat Illness Treatment Tool<div class="ExternalClassC7629A4172BB4CAEAC249852214AD7CD"><html> <p>​​​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">This summer, the Phoenix Fire Department has introduced a new and innovative approach to treating heat victims: Cold Water Immersion. These specialized ice bags are being used to rapidly cool down individuals suffering from extreme heat-related illnesses, offering a quick and effective method to manage the often-dangerous effects of extreme heat.</span></p> <p>The cold-water immersion is used when a patient's temperature surpasses 104 degrees and they present with altered mental status. Once the patient is fully immersed in the ice, firefighter-paramedics constantly reevaluate vital signs including their temperature. The patient is removed from the bag when their temperature drops to 101 degrees. </p> <p>Since May 1st, every response vehicle within the Phoenix Fire Department has been outfitted with the equipment and necessary tools to integrate this method into standard protocol for dealing with heat-related emergencies. Training for the proper application and monitoring of this method has been provided to ensure effectiveness and safety to all 1,800 Phoenix Firefighters.</p> <p>At the beginning of May, one bag a week was used on average. Now nearing the end of June, the bags are used roughly three times a day. </p> <p>“This is a collaborative effort," Captain Rob McDade added. “We've worked with local E.R.'s, local doctors, our own medical director, our EMS department – we looked at how can we help those that we serve having critical heat emergencies?"</p> <p>As the excessive heat becomes more frequent and intense, this simple yet effective measure plays a crucial role in saving lives and enhancing emergency response capabilities. </p> <p>And the impact has already been seen. </p> <p>Battalion Chief Austin Moreland works within the Emergency Medical Services section and helped deploy this new program and training. He said, “We've already seen people who were extremely hot this year, who last year they might not have made it – and because of these efforts this year, they're leaving the hospital with no deficits."​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireVideo
City of Phoenix Independence Day Holiday Noticehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/3116City Manager6/20/2024 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3116/Newsroom_CityHall.jpgCity of Phoenix Independence Day Holiday Notice<div class="ExternalClassE4A8A1080D4D4606BBDDEE0A8E8D44BB"><html> <p>Learn about the <a href="/parks/special-events/fabphx4" target="_blank">Fabulous Phoenix 4th Fireworks Celebration</a>.<span style="font-family:hind, "open sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;"> </span>​</p><p>City of Phoenix offices will be closed Thursday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Here's how City services are affected:  </p> <p> <strong></strong></p><p><strong>Solid Waste Collection:</strong> Curbside collection will not change during the week of Independence Day. Trash and recycling collection will happen as regularly scheduled on the 4th of July.</p><p><strong>Transfer Stations:</strong> Both the 27th Ave. and North Gateway transfer stations will be closed on Thursday, July 4.</p><p><strong>Public Works Customer Contact Center:</strong> The Contact Center will be closed on Thursday, July 4. It will reopen at 7 a.m. on Friday, July 5. Residents can call 602-262-6251.<br></p> <p> <strong></strong><strong>Library:</strong> All Phoenix Public Library locations are closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of the holiday. Visit <a href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/" target="_blank">phoenixpubliclibrary.org</a> for more details. The heat relief Respite Center (<a href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/locations/burton-barr" target="_blank">Burton Barr Central Library</a>) and Cooling Centers (<a href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/locations/cholla" target="_blank">Cholla</a>, <a href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/locations/harmon" target="_blank">Harmon</a> and <a href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/locations/yucca" target="_blank">Yucca</a> libraries) extended hours will be open for heat relief services <strong>only</strong> from <strong>noon – 10 p.m.</strong> Phoenix Public Library book drops and digital/eResources are available 24/7.</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></strong><strong>Parks and Recreation Facilities:</strong> City of Phoenix Community centers will be closed on Thursday, July 4 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. City pools will be open for open swim from noon to 6 p.m., however there will be no programming.  </p> <p> <strong>S'edav Va'aki Museum</strong> will be closed on Thursday, July 4. </p> <p> <strong></strong><strong>Public Transit:</strong> Both bus and light rail will operate on a Sunday schedule Thursday, July 4. There is no Express or RAPID bus service and Customer Service is closed. The following public transit centers also are closed: Ed Pastor, Sunnyslope and Central Station. Check ValleyMetro.org for schedules.<br></p> <p> <strong>Dial-a-Ride service</strong> will be available, by reservation, between 5 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> </p> <p> <strong>Sky Harbor International Airport:</strong> If you plan to park at the airport, reserve your parking in advance. Book your parking at <a href="https://www.skyharbor.com/parking/" target="_blank">skyharbor.com/parkphx</a>. Come early even if you have a reservation. You can also Use our Find A Spot tool to see parking availability. This can be found at <a href="https://apps.skyharbor.com/findaspot/" target="_blank">skyharbor.com/findaspot</a>.   </p> <p>Passengers can view security checkpoint wait times on <a href="https://skyharbor.com/" target="_blank">skyharbor.com</a> or on one of the flight information display boards in each terminal. You can use any security checkpoint in Terminal 4 to access any gate.   </p> <p>The PHX Reserve program allows guests to schedule a specific time for their TSA security screening. All you need to do is reserve your time and show up at your assigned checkpoint at your appointment time. Register at <a href="https://skyharbor.com/phxreserve" target="_blank">skyharbor.com/phxreserve</a>.   </p> <p>Confirm flight status with your airline before heading to the airport, then give yourself plenty of time. Arrive at the airport at least two hours before your flight departs if you are flying domestically, three hours if you are flying internationally.   </p> <p>Finally, look for Navigators dressed in purple. Navigator volunteers serve all over the Airport by providing directions, information, and friendly assistance. They serve as a welcoming presence to more than 120,000 passengers each day, truly making it America's Friendliest Airport®.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNews




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