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​Page Last Updated at 6:00 p.m. April 18, 2019. Page may be updated to make further clarifications or to answer new questions.

Introduction

The information on this page is intended to inform and educate the public about the use of deadly force, specifically Officer-Involved Shootings (OIS), and related topics from the Phoenix Police Department. See also: Police Transparency


Message From the Chief

Jeri Williams, Police ChiefAfter serving law enforcement and the Phoenix community for nearly three decades, the one constant is the importance of trust between the community and the police. Every effort is made to foster trust through transparency, accountability and open lines of communication.

When the Phoenix Police Department experienced an uncommon increase in Officer-Involved Shootings (OIS) in 2018, this placed great pressure on community trust. We knew the increase had the potential to negatively affect our relationship with the community and call our tactics and policing into question. The public scrutiny was acknowledged and it required that we respond by taking proactive steps to learn why this was happening.

Every major law enforcement agency goes through a regular process of self-examination and the Phoenix Police Department is no different. This includes seeking objective input from outside entities and partnering with the community. Working together to find solutions and strengthen trust ensures inclusivity so that everyone feels safe.

Our work must be transparent and ongoing in order to maintain confidence and trust. We welcome your feedback and recommendations and encourage our community members to get involved through your neighborhood Block Watch, Virtual Block Watch, Community Action Officer relationships and/or join us on Facebook and Twitter.

—Jeri L. Williams, Police Chief

Documents

Phoenix Police DepartmentIn June 2018 the Phoenix Police Department requested the City Council approve commissioning a study to examine the higher-than-normal rates of OIS incidents. The National Police Foundation (NPF), an independent non-partisan, non-profit organization, was chosen to conduct the study. On April 19, 2019 the report was released to the public and can be downloaded below, as well as the Police Chief’s Executive Summary highlighting the plan to implement the NPF’s recommendations.

Watch video from Council meeting or Download meeting documents


National Police Foundation OIS Study




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Video

On August 19, 2019 Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams announced modernizations to training and policy. Updates were provided on the body-worn camera program, mental health first aid training and the process for officers to now document when they point a gun at a person.

 

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Police Officer Training

Phoenix Police Department

The Phoenix Police Department is committed to providing the highest level of training in the form of basic, advanced, and in-service curriculum both in the classroom, the field, and online. The department's training respects the dignity of all persons and recognizes the sanctity of human life, rights, and liberty.

All officers graduating from the Phoenix Police Regional Academy have received a minimum of 880 hours of training, nearly 300 hours more than mandated by AZPOST. More than 200 hours relate specifically to de-escalation of force, crisis communication and intervention, mental health, criminal law, firearms, tactics, scenario-based decision making, arrest tactics, and the use of less lethal options; all aimed at educating officers on the topic of deadly force and minimizing the use of lethal force to when it is absolutely necessary.


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Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

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Question 1: Is the Police Department rolling out body cameras now in response to the OIS Study?

Phoenix Police

Answer: No. The process to acquire body-worn cameras started in 2011 with 18 cameras.

In 2013 a pilot program in the Maryvale/Estrella Mountain Precinct was launched. It eventually expanded to 300 cameras in patrols in the field and in our Crisis Intervention Squads.

In the interim, we started the procurement process to acquire the latest in technology in preparation of full deployment for first-responder officers and sergeants citywide. The expanded body-worn camera program started rolling out citywide in April 2019.

Question 2: Why aren’t all shootings captured on body-worn cameras?

Phoenix Police

Answer: The Phoenix Police Department body-worn camera program has not always been widespread throughout the city. Prior to April 2019, the Phoenix Police Department body-worn camera program consisted of only 300 cameras.

The program is now being expanded to many as 2,000 new body-worn cameras to all first responding officers and supervisors, which should greatly increase the availability of video, should an OIS occur.

Phoenix Police does not deploy vehicle-mounted dash cameras.

Question 3: Where can I find the Police Department’s policies?

Phoenix Police

Answer: Download a copy of the PHX PD Operations Order Manual (Policies) (44 MB PDF)

 

 

Question 4: What changes will we see following the National Police Foundation study?

Phoenix Police

Answer: We are committed to taking concrete steps to implement each of the nine recommendations made by the National Police Foundation. This would include, but is not limited to, more detailed record keeping, more data made publicly available, more information shared via social media, and a stronger, safer community. It is our hope that you will see a more transparent and receptive police department as we work together with the community to reduce officer-involved shootings. Chief Williams publicly stated her intent to implement the nine recommendations in the study. (Download Chief Williams' Executive Summary) 103 KB PDF

Question 5: How much did the OIS Study cost?

Phoenix Police

Answer: The Phoenix City Council authorized $150,000 for the Phoenix Police Department to commission the study by the National Police Foundation. See also: Council Agenda items in the downloads subsection.

 

 

Question 6: How are officer-involved shootings investigated?

Phoenix Police

Answer: From the moment an officer advises that a shooting has taken place, we work to protect life, property, and preserve evidence. The scene is secured and preserved for responding investigators. Police Public Information Officers (PIOs) respond to gather as much information that can be released to the community in a timely manner, while also communicating with traditional media for critical messaging.

Two investigations run concurrently; a criminal investigation by the Phoenix Police Homicide Unit in partnership with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, and an internal investigation by the Phoenix Police Professional Standards Bureau. Two separate investigations are necessary to determine whether or not the shooting was within the law and within policy.

Our current protocols are based on policy, Arizona law (Phoenix Police Operations Orders, and Arizona Revised Statutes), and general best practices for police agencies.

Question 7: How can the public review all OIS incidents from the Phoenix Police Department?

Phoenix Police

Answer: To be transparent, public information about OIS incidents are posted to a digital dashboard on Phoenix's Open Data portal. The public can review the number of OIS incidents by incident year, by incident month and year, by day of week and year, by quarter and year, by precinct and year, or by Council District and year. Data is provided from January 2017 to the present. New data is added with regular updates. Visit the Officer-Involved Shooting (OIS) Incidents Dashboard. Examine the dataset used to generate the dashboard.

The Public Safety Section of the Open Data portal also contains datasets about Calls for Service and Crime Data.


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Related Links & Resources

Use Phoenix's Open Data portal to explore Police-related data sets. You can also review links to related studies, learn about partner and support organizations, or learn about how to get involved and support the Phoenix Police Department in your neighborhood.

 

Phoenix Police Open Data

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Open Data: Phoenix PD OIS Dashboard

To be transparent, public information about OIS incidents are posted to a digital dashboard on Phoenix's Open Data portal. The public can review the number of OIS incidents by incident year, by incident month and year, by day of week and year, by quarter and year, by precinct and year, or by Council District and year. Data is provided from January 2017 to the present. New data is added with regular updates.

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Open Data: Phoenix PD Calls for Service

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Open Data: Phoenix PD UCR Crime Data

 

Related OIS Information

Collaborative Reform Process: Review of OIS in Las Vegas Police Department, 2012 (PDF)

Major Cities Chiefs: Independent Investigations of OIS, 2018: Current Practices and Recommendations from Law Enforcement Leaders in the United States and Canada (PDF)

PHX PD Operations Order Manual (Policies) (PDF)

 

Further Police Resources

Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA)

Phoenix Police Sergeants & Lieutenants Association (PPSLA)

Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST)

National Police Foundation

 

Get Involved

Phoenix Police

Community Relations Bureau

Police Chief's Advisory Boards

Block Watch Information

Virtual Block Watch Information

Outreach Initiatives


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Recruitment: PHX PD Now Hiring!

Find the Blue in You

The Phoenix Police Department is now hiring. If you would like to join the team now is the time. We have created a web page with all the information​ you need to know and you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date on events, testing, and more.


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Section 2

To see the city of Phoenix's RFQ to procure an owner's rep to facilitate the City's oversight of the arena renovations, visit Phoenix.gov/Solicitations/1865.

For information about procurements being managed by the Arena operator, the Suns, please visit the Talking Stick Resort Arena's website TalkingStickResortArena.com.

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Public Meetings Economic Impact Jobs & Business F.A.Q. Reference Documents Comments

Question 11: Can the Suns leave after the renovation?

Answer: No, not without a cost. Under the proposed agreement, the Suns have committed to play their home games at the city’s Arena through at least 2037. Should they relocate prior to then, they have agreed to pay the city up to $200 million in liquidated damages.

Question 12: Can the Sports Facilities Fund be used for other purposes, like funding police officers or fixing pot holes?

Answer: The use of the Sports Facilities Fund is designated by City Council through an ordinance. It was set up in the late 1980s to fund the Arena and promote tourism in the downtown area. Changes to the ordinance would require action by the City Council.

The funds have already been used for a variety of downtown related and Council approved projects, including:
  • The city's share of the 2018 renovation of the Maryvale Baseball Park
  • The city's share of the downtown bio-science campus land
  • Costs for some downtown police and security
  • Tourism promotion

This fund would also support maintaining the building in case the Suns (“operator”) no longer occupy the building.

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Yearly Arena Events: 33% Suns, 16% Mercury, 7% Rattlers, 22% Concerts, 19% Family Events, 3% Other Events 

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Historic Arena Capital Investment: $80M City of Phoenix and $150M Suns and Total Arena Capital Investment (proposed through 2037): $263M City of Phoenix and $242.5M Suns 

Introduction

At the January 23, 2019 City Council meeting, after nearly three hours of discussion and public comment, the Proposed Arena Agreement passed 6-2. Watch video from City Council meeting or Review the Adopted Ordinances.

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The Arena generates $335 million of annual direct, indirect, and induced impact for the city of Phoenix, Maricopa County and the state of Arizona. This revenue includes:

  • $182M = Direct spending: hotels, tickets, food/drink and retail. Taxes from utilities, commercial leases, residential property tax and discretionary spending for employees who work there.

  • $153M = Indirect & induced impact (jobs dependent on Arena events): Servers at nearby restaurants, hotel staff, parking garage attendants, suppliers and vendors for Arena operations.

  • $12.8M = Direct annual revenue to the city: These funds are put back into the city for services including police, fire, streets, parks, library, etc.

  • $14M = Direct tax revenue to the county and state.

† Source: City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department

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  • In the Arena: 380 full-time employees and over 700 event-day employees, including maintenance crews, administrative staff, food servers, ticket takers, security, parking attendants, and creative arts staff.

  • Supporting the Arena: 1,140 employees including truck drivers, printers, engineers, carpenters, auditors, etc.

  • Businesses that directly support the Arena: More than 100 local businesses, including concessionaires, HVAC support, caterers, printing companies, and more.

‡ Source: City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department and Phoenix Suns 


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