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PHOENIX WANTS TO SHIFT CRISIS RESPONSE AWAY FROM POLICE—WHILE ALSO INCREASING THE POLICE BUDGET

The trial budget includes a proposal to expand a crisis response program under the fire department, but also includes a $3.7 million increase to the Phoenix Police Department’s $745 million budget.

Phoenix City Council considers budget proposal for mental health responders

Phoenix City Council is considering a proposal to send crisis counselors, instead of police officers, to 911 calls involving mental and behavioral health issues.

Phoenix Community Assistance Coalition Wants To Redefine Policing

PHOENIX, AZ — Local residents came together during the protests last summer in Phoenix that took place in response to the police killing of George Floyd, as well as similar protests around the country and globe.

Phoenix Eyes Public Safety Reform Through Program Expansion

In its upcoming budget, the city of Phoenix plans to funnel $15 million into expanding its fire-department-housed Community Advocacy Program, add staff and get them a new partner for behavioral and mental health care. But police-reform activists oppose the plan that city officials hope will build community trust.

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