Statement from Councilman Nowakowski on Police Foundation Report


“This morning, the Phoenix Police Department released the findings of the National Police Foundation’s officer-involved shooting study. I want to thank Chief Jeri Williams for taking proactive action in asking for this study. I have personally heard Chief Williams say she wants to run to the truth and I commend her for that.

I have supported this study because I believe it was in the best interest of both the community and the city. Having read the report as chair of the Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee, I am committed to working with the Police Department and community to implement the 9 recommendations coming out of this report.

Although there were notable differences in what the community and police officers believe are needed to make improvements, there were shared commonalities such as the need for more training and access to mental health services. There is no doubt of the negative impact the lack of mental health services has had on the community and our officers.

I particularly agree with the need to invest in the right technology to better enable us to track data and share it with the community in a timely and transparent manner. I also support the recommendation to increase the presence of proactive policing units such as our Neighborhood Enforcement Teams, to proactively find violent criminals and get them off our streets.

Thank you to the community members and police officers who participated in this study. I am hopeful that in working together on this study’s findings and recommendations we will be able to build a stronger relationship with the community we serve.”



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