Sept. 19, 2013
"This is a great day for the residents of Phoenix as we are now able to hire 15 additional police officers to serve and protect our neighborhoods and our schools. Each year, since taking office, I have traveled to D.C. to advocate on behalf of the people of Phoenix for federal funding to strengthen our public safety efforts. It is humbling to know that we received the maximum grant this year - $1.8 million – along with a micro grant to protect businesses from criminal activity. This level of investment is a strong show of support from the COPS office, and a blessing for our community. It has been nearly five years since we have had the funding to hire new police officers, and we were not scheduled to hire any new officers until 2015. I advocated in D.C. and here at home for an expedited hiring of additional officers. This year, we hired 11 new officers, funded through our city budget process. Now, thanks to the COPS office, we are able to hire 15 more. Now we will have 26 additional officers providing public safety for the residents of Phoenix. I will continue to advocate for additional officers as I believe public safety must remain our top priority."