Officers' Assailant Sentenced to 63 Years
On August 4, 2011, Phoenix Police Officers James Spross and Nicholas Pittatsis attempted to contact Mike Alvarez, who was riding his bicycle in a Maryvale neighborhood. The officers did not know who Alvarez was as they were following him and he tried to evade them by refusing to stop and then riding onto the grass near the lake at Desert West Park. Eventually, Alvarez got off of his bike next to a home and Officers Spross and Pittatsis chased after him. Alvarez, who had fallen to the ground along the side of the house, turned over, pointed a revolver at both officers and opened fire. Officer Spross was grazed in the head and Officer Pittatsis was struck in the arm.
5/8 Patrol Pilot Shelved
On Wednesday, March 21, 2013, at approximately 4:15 pm, a Phoenix Police Department Employee Notification System message went out announcing a video message from Chief Garcia regarding 2013 Crime Reduction Strategies, 5/8-4/10 blended pilot program, and continued deployment model efficiencies.
Chief Garcia announced that he is suspending the 5/8-410 blended pilot program for the remainder of 2013.
5/8's; Square peg in a Round Hole
On Tuesday, March 19 2013, PLEA and PPSLA held a joint board meeting at the Estrella Mountain Precinct for the express purpose of addressing the issue of proposed 5/8 shift pilot program.
The meeting was a great success. Numerous officers, sergeants, lieutenants and members of the community turned out to express their views on the program to City Manager David Cavazos, Assistant City Manager Ed Zuercher and Police Chief Daniel Garcia.
Special Joint Board Meeting with City Manager
On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, PLEA and PPSLA will hold a special joint Board meeting at the Estrella Mountain Precinct Community Room.
At 10:00 am, Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos will be at the meeting to discuss budget issues.
PLEA encourages members and their families to attend this meeting to let Mr. Cavazos know their thoughts and feelings on the proposed budget as well as the proposed 5/8 Patrol pilot program, which is set to begin in 300 this May.
Police Department Budget Update
On Thursday, March 7, 2013, at the same time Chief Garcia's ENS went out on the Phoenix Police Department Website, PLEA was briefed by Executive Chief Yahner on upcoming budget reductions.
- Take home cars will be eliminated for everyone who lives two miles or greater outside of the City. You will be allowed to park your vehicle at the City limits.
- Workout out time for all employees (other than SAU) will be eliminated. Chief Garcia claims this will add 20 positions back to Patrol; however, NOT ONE of these employees works in Patrol. Also, the City is claiming millions of dollars in efficiencies by eliminating workout time; however, NOT one actual dollar will be saved.
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