PHOENIX — On Friday, April 19, 2019, at 10:15 a.m., Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams with Mayor Kate Gallego and Chairman of the Public Safety & Veterans Subcommittee District 7 Councilman Michael Nowakowski, along with Jim Burch, President of the National Police Foundation (NPF), will hold a press conference at Phoenix Police Headquarters to announce the release of the final report on the study of the 2018 Phoenix Police Officer-Involved Shootings.
A copy of the report, as well as background and supporting documents, may be downloaded by visiting www.phoenix.gov/oisinfo. Our speakers will be available for brief questions following the announcement. Those outlets in attendance may sign up for limited one-on-one time with Chief Williams (must be in attendance to sign up). The conference will be streamed live on the Phoenix Police Facebook page at www.facebook.com/phoenixazpolice.
Background: In May of 2018, Phoenix Police reached the total number of OIS for all of 2017 (21). Proactive steps to examine and address this disturbing spike were begun, to include increased training, releasing a publicly available OIS Data Showcase/Dashboard, and requesting that City Council grant permission to commission a study. The National Police Foundation, an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization was chosen to conduct the study. By the end of 2018, there had been 44 Phoenix Police OIS, 37 of these suspects were armed with firearms; 35 total suspects were injured, and 22 were fatally injured.
“As chief, I am committed to taking each of the National Police Foundation’s recommendations seriously and working through the process to implement them,” said Jeri Williams, Phoenix Police Chief.
Jim Burch, Interim President of the National Police Foundation. Mr. Burch has over 20 years of policing and criminal justice experience at the US Department of Justice, and has served as the Assistant Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, Acting Director at the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and as Deputy Assistant Attorney General.
Dr. Justin Nix, researcher for this endeavor. Dr. Nix is an Assistant Professor at the School of Criminology & Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His research centers on policing with emphasis on procedural justice, legitimacy, and officer-involved shootings.
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