Sept. 19, 2013
Caption: Councilman Michael Nowakowski
“As chairman of the City Council Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee, one of my primary focuses is the continued fortification of our police department. While budgets remain tight, this $1.8 million COPS grant allows Chief Garcia to hire 15 new officers to continue growing his mission of community-based policing. This will ensure Phoenix remains a safe place to live and to raise our families. I would like to thank our dedicated staff for the hard work which led to our success with this grant – we have a long history of receiving vital support from the COPS office in D.C. and I am pleased this relationship remains strong today. I would like to thank Joshua Ederheimer, acting director of the COPS office, and his team, for believing, once again, in Phoenix, and for supporting the “Policing with a Purpose” mission of Police Chief Garcia. In fact, it was the Chief’s creative solution to combat business-related crime that led to additional funding. Through this process, the solid, positive reputation of our chief as a leader with a vision for the future of policing has been confirmed all the way to D.C. – I could not be more proud of our chief and city of Phoenix staff."
Michael Hammett 602-495-5405