The Phx Police do not deserve the bloated disproportionate budget that is currently allocated. Their budget should absolutely be reconsidered. The PhxPD have a history of violent behavior, which have given our beautiful city a national reputation- and not a good one. From Sheriff Joe's policies that came straight out of a horror film, to their behavioral patterns of violence and abuse of power, PPD funding needs to be pulled. OAT, actually, should be FULLY funded with money from the PPD.
The budget needs to be reconsidered! Phoenix pd doesn't need almost $1 billion, that money should be reinvested into the community.
Pass the budget as presented. No cuts and no changes
I appeal to the Council to pass the budget as presented to support our officers that protect our city. Our PPD is underfunded and undermanned. PPD are primary to the city’s infrastructure. PPD needs to have confidence Council will provide them with staffing to keep our citizens safe. The last several nights are proof our officers are professionals; we should support them with the budget funds to sustain the current staffing levels and increase to hire new officers. We support our PPD!
I am commenting in support of reconsidering the budget to cut police funding to allocate towards community development, affordable housing, the Phoenix Community Review Board, and community health programs.
Defund the police department by 25%, fully fund OAT and CRB, STOP transferring people to ICE... One of the deadliest PDs in the country does not need more money— our community does. We need invest in community development, community enrichment, education, housing, infrastructure!! This current budget does not reflect what the people of Phoenix have fought for. You can see clearly that we citizens want change. Start listening.
BACK THE BLUE
The thought of cutting funding to Phx Police is absolutely ludicrous. Police are already underfunded and under paid significantly. After dealing with covid and now endless protests and riots, we should be increasing their budget to help them more. There is no need for ANOTHER oversite committee as there is currently a civil service Board filled with citizens already.
We cannot postpone this vote. We need to stop giving so much money to one of the deadliest police forces in the country. We can stop the need for last resort law enforcement like this by divesting their vast budget toward community programs.
I strongly oppose the proposed $944,680,555 for our public safety department for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Our community is asking that you instead (1) fund the Office of Accountability and Transparency with 2.6 million dollars from the police budget, (2) stop transferring folks from Phoenix PD to ICE for deportation, (3) move 25% of the Phoenix PD budget into community services like affordable housing, education, and social service programs.
Broke so I think the police officers need a raise because they haven't had one in a long time period
Priority should be given to the irreplaceability of human lives over property through community development and education over militarization, police brutality, and racism. I strongly oppose the proposed $944,680,555 for our public safety department for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Our community is asking that you instead increase the proposed $24,760,742 and $26,837,014 budgets for community development and community enrichment.
As a citizen of the state of Arizona I am expecting the budget to be reconsidered. There is no reason to funnel more money into the police department which continues to abuse their authority and resources while schools and hospitals are notoriously underfunded. Make a change!!
The budget needs to be reconsidered. The Phoenix police have shown a gross abuse of power, this money needs to be reallocated to low income communities, especially communities of color.
I strongly oppose the proposed $944,680,555 for our public safety department for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Our community is asking that you instead increase the proposed $24,760,742 and $26,837,014 budgets for community development and community enrichment. We must prioritize healing and growth in our community over further militarization of our police force. It's time to focus on sustainable communities, justice, and dismantling systematic oppression and police brutality.
I absolutely think this budget should be reconsidered. I believe we should not increase the PHX PD budget, and instead should use that money to properly fund the OAT and CRB. We must protect our citizens - especially our citizens of color - at this critical moment in history.
Defunding the Phoenix police department must be a current and high priority.
The OAT and CBR have gone too long without this money that should have been budgeted in from the beginning... Moving forward with the budget as-is sends a message that they will never BE funded, and that the city council and police force wish to divide themselves from the citizens they are supposed to serve. If that happens, escalation must happen. And in that case, the city of Phoenix is setting itself up for a reaaaal ugly lawsuit.
Failing to pass a budget will put the city in financial jeopardy, but failing to consider the OAT, CRB, or reappropriating police funding to other areas jeopardizes the health, safety, and well-being of the citizens of Phoenix. The city faces numerous financial exigencies, and the intransigence of the police department to give up any dollars demonstrates a willingness to divide themselves from the community they claim to serve. The budget should fail until appropriations are reconsidered.
Defund the police by at least 25% and institute a civilian review board.
The Phoenix Police Department needs robust independent oversight from the Civilian Review Board/Office of Accountability & Transparency. The council already voted down the budget as-is. The council needs to include full funding for the CRB. The council should not pass the budge with the $400,000 of funding currently allocated.