Pool Fence Safety Programhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/3037Fire2/28/2024 7:00:00 AMhttps://youtu.be/p0Q4z6wI2ssPool Fence Safety Program<div class="ExternalClass30051F22E8EB433DB8AEA1E839AA2CEC"><html> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US" style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">The Phoenix Fire Department prides itself in prioritizing water safety and working to prevent drownings. In 2022, the Phoenix Fire Department rebranded its water safety campaign as “DrowningZero.” The goal to accomplish zero drownings with zero access to unsafe bodies of water. But we know we can’t do this alone. </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559685":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}" style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br> </span> <br> <div> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">The Phoenix Fire Department has a longstanding tradition of working alongside community partners including the United Phoenix Firefighters Local 493.</span> </div> <div> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">In collaboration with Child Crisis Arizona, SRP and the 493 Firefighter Foundation, the group is proud to bring back the Pool Fence Safety Program to enhance water safety in our community. This initiative aims to provide free pool fences to eligible families with children aged six or younger living in owner-occupied homes within Maricopa County. By addressing water safety concerns, we strive to prevent accidents and promote child safety around pools.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559685":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span> </div> <div> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559685":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">To qualify for the program, families must meet specific eligibility criteria, including income qualification and residency within Maricopa County. Applications must be submitted by March 24, 2024, and include bids from licensed pool fence contractors. Funding awarded through the program is directed to pool vendors, ensuring families receive the necessary safety measures.</span> </div> <div> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"></span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559685":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span> </div> <div> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">We encourage eligible families to apply for this vital safety measure, prioritizing water safety in their homes and safeguarding their children from potential hazards.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559685":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span> </div> <div> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"></span> <span data-ccp-props="{"134233118":false,"201341983":0,"335559685":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span> </div> <div> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">To apply for the Pool Fence Safety Program, visit: </span> <a href="https://childcrisisaz.org/pool-fence-safety-program/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">https://childcrisisaz.org/pool-fence-safety-program/</span> </span></a></div> <br> <br> <br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireVideo
Critical Incident Briefing - February 13, 2024 - 1900 W Berridge Lanehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3036Police2/27/2024 10:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/FDR94VujUxsCritical Incident Briefing - February 13, 2024 - 1900 W Berridge Lane<div class="ExternalClass31C4DA6A884F40E7B48C0F6BE5260E0C"><html> <div>WARNING: The attached video may contain strong language as well as graphic images which may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The Phoenix Police Department has released a Critical Incident Briefing (CIB) video that includes audio, visuals and information related to an officer-involved shooting (OIS) which occurred on February 13, 2024. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>This incident began when officers responded to an emergency call of an unknown trouble at an apartment in the area of 19th Avenue and Berridge Lane. The caller reported a man was holding her mother at gunpoint and forced her back into their apartment.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>When officers got to the scene, they surrounded the apartment. While looking through the windows, officers saw the man physically attacking the victim in the bedroom. Officers than began to yell into the apartment demanding that everyone inside come out. The suspect pointed a gun out of a window and shot at officers who were positioned at the back of the house. One of those officers returned fire.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Officers at the front of the apartment heard the shots and went to the opposite side of the apartment. A different officer fired his duty gun striking and stopping the man as he was fleeing the scene.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>After the shooting, the man was taken to the hospital where he was provided medical treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The woman involved in the original violent attack was also provided medical care for her injuries.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Both officers involved in this critical incident are assigned to the Desert Horizon Precinct and have 17 and 24 years of service with the department. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>This incident is the subject of a criminal investigation to be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>It is also the subject of an administrative investigation. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete.<br><br></div> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo
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/policeNews



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