We demand the city reallocate $25 million to mental health and youth programs instead of giving the Phoenix Police Department a $25 million increase for salaries.
The excessive amount of funding going to policing is only proof of complete disregard for the other and more predominate sources of unrest in our communities. While violence and crime does occur in our neighborhoods, it is the lack of alternatives and investments in mental health and trauma services, education and after school care, adequate housing healthcare and employment opportunities that directly impact our families, especially in those of black and brown communities.
DO NOT REDUCE FUNDING FOR PHOENIX POLICE!! Now is a critical time to show support for these officers so that they can continue to provide critical services to the citizens of Phoenix.
We the citizens of PHX demand the city reallocate $25 million to mental health and youth programs instead of giving the Phoenix Police Department a $25 million increase for salaries. They cannot be trusted to use their current budget responsibly and giving them more funds will not fix their lethal and reckless behavior.
The budget should not be adopted without fully funding OAT and CRB. We must support our citizens and move towards positive change. Now is the time for increased community involvement and oversight. Full funding.
We demand that the city listen to their citizens and support their community. Defund the Phoenix PD and show that you actually think Black lives matter.
I oppose the current budget and urge that you reallocate a majority of the funds allocated for PPD to public services. The current budget would spend more on the PD than on the library, Parks & Rec, the Convention Center, HHS, the Office of Art and Culture, Planning and Development, housing, Community & Economic Development, neighborhood services, PCDIC, and the court combined. PDs that have implemented increased training have not seen a decrease in brutality. Direct the money to our community.
I support funding for the police!
I support funding the police and giving them the resources needed to do their jobs. An oversight committee with a cushy budget that has no defined outcome is not what is needed. It's not what I pay taxes for. I pay taxes so that the police may serve and protect. If someone wants to defund the police, be prepared to provide your personal cell number citizens can call with they are a victim of a crime, when there's a murder, when a woman is raped - so you can hand respond and handle it.
I demand the city reallocate $25 million to mental health and youth programs instead of giving the Phoenix Police Department a $25 million increase for salaries.
An extremely vocal minority has made a large push to cut police funding after seeing vile acts committed by officers. Individual police officers must be held accountable for their actions, but less funding for the police is not going to make a safer Phoenix. If anything, more funding will be necessary in the long run to ensure increased and updated training can be implemented. Also, the police need to have sufficient numbers so they don't work excessive hours which could lead to bad outcomes.
The act of policing is and always has been based on the racist intent to control people of color. The best way to rectify this is to defund the police. PhoenixPD are widely recognized as on of the most brutal police forces in the nation. They must be defunded and funds must be allocated to more peaceful and effective means of community development.
As a Board Member for the Coronado Neighborhood Association, I strongly support FULLY FUNDING the Civilian Police Oversight Board ($2.5M) and OPPOSE any other increases in the police budget. The Phoenix Police needs major structural reforms to promote de-escalation and reduce incidents of use of force before we entrust them with additional financial resources.
These men and women risk their lives daily. The funding is absolutely necessary. Phx is in a huge growth spurt, our PD needs to be at its best to support the growth and the current times. The defunding will not fix racism, nor will it prove a point that black lives matter. Defunding isn’t an appropriate action to take to say “we’re listening.” The majority of officers are doing this job for the right reasons. Humanity is not perfect, but defunding won‘t be the fix all. This is a risky move.
I oppose a budget that increases funding for Phoenix PD. The militarization of our police must end. It does not make our city safer, but makes us react aggressively and disproportionately is used against communities of color. We must enact a smarter safety budget that focuses on community outreach over punishment. Invest in education.
It is imperative to fully fund the OAT and CRB to at least $2.5-4 million. Reallocate funds from Phoenix PD, which is already extravagantly overfunded.