Councilman Valenzuela's Statement on Hire of 11 New Police Officers

July 10, 2013
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Caption: Councilman Daniel Valenzuela

“Today, the city of Phoenix hired 11 new police officers to protect and serve the residents of Phoenix.  This is the first hiring of police officers since the hiring freeze began in 2008.  Public safety is and should be our top priority as a city, and it remains my top priority as a councilman.  When it came time to recruit these officers, the city naturally turned to the Phoenix Police Reserves.  This makes sense for the city because the men and women of the Reserves are trained to the level of excellence of a sworn police officer.  This hiring practice also makes sense for the residents of Phoenix because these Reserve officers have proven their dedication to our community by volunteering their services, protecting and serving without monetary compensation.  I am committed to advocating on behalf of the residents of Phoenix to continue hiring new police officers in the months ahead – with the goal of bringing our Police Department staffing levels back to where it needs to be.  This remains my top priority.”


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