Phoenix Police To Track When Officers Point Gun At Suspects

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams discusses new policy.

PHOENIX — On Monday, the Phoenix Police Department announced a new policy that requires the tracking of every instance in which officers point guns at people. Pointing a gun will now be treated as an act of use-of-force.

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams stated, “Our updated records management system now allows us to track these incidents and will allow us to have a real idea of how many times our officers are able to successfully de-escalate an incident in a situation with the potential of deadly force.”

The new policy is derived from a National Police Foundation report commission by the City of Phoenix. The report recommended the following:

  • Document when officers point their gun at a person.
  • Improve consistency in collecting and maintaining data on police shootings.
  • Improve training.
  • Improve transparency by sharing data and information with the community.
  • Have more community engagement.
  • Increase policing units.
  • Conduct a staffing study to determine if Phoenix police has sufficient officers.
  • Improve its records-management system.
  • Study mental-health issues.
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