We strive to provide informative meetings. Here we list
some recent meetings with topics and speakers.
Cactus Park Community Alliance and Cactus Park Phoenix Neighborhood Patrol hold joint meetings.
Note we are presently on summer break. See our calendar for Coffee with a Cop events. See you in September !!
Note that at ALL meetings include:
- Representative(s) of our precinct including our Commander and CAO’s to provide a crime update and address any questions or issues you may have.
- Representative(s) from our City Council District 1 (Ann O’Brien) office to provide information on city programs and issues.
- Phoenix Neighborhood Patrol (P.N.P.) updates and topics important to your participation in the program.
Attending our April 2022 meeting was District 1 Councilwoman Ann O’Brien who updated us on many things going on in the District and City-Wide. Acting Precinct Commander Cain also gave us information on crime in our precinct and law-enforcements efforts to reduce it and hold criminals responsible.
We learned a lot about recent efforts to enhance neighborhoods and reduce crime and blight from Violence Impact Program (VIP) leader Jeff Spellman. Jeff gave us an abundance of information on these projects and introduced us to ways we can contribute to ensuring entities adhere to promises made when contracting with our neighborhoods and/or the City.
Crime prevention and safety items were distributed to the Community at the end of the meeting.
Some folks asked for more information during the meeting. Jeff has forwarded these links for you.
Thanks Jeff !!
- The VIP Coalition 27th Avenue To Do List
- Sober Living Homes – How to identify them and report homes that are not registered/licensed
- Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) Requirements
- Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) Requirements (azahcccs.gov)
- Make sure you subscribe to the OTP Provider News so you will be notified of new applications and when reports are listed for the annual review
- Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) Requirements (azahcccs.gov)
- Strategies to Address Homelessness
- North Mountain Healing Center Project (CBI low barrier shelter at 25th Ave and Mountain View)
- SB1581 – $50 Million in grants to municipalities or counties to establish sanctioned camping sites for homeless individuals and create or support multidisciplinary homeless outreach teams.
On March 22 we had our once annually joint meeting with the Phoenix Block Watch Advisory Board. Council District 1 Chief of Staff Derrik Rochwalik spoke of events upcoming in District 1 and city-wide. Cactus Park Precinct Commander Bill Wickers reviewed crime in the precinct and the recent ambushes on police officers along with a little background on the ongoing investigations.
Our headline speaker was Phoenix Streets Department Director Kini Knudson. Mr. Knudson reviewed the Phoenix Road Safety Action Plan including crash statistics and plans for Phoenix to achieve it’s Vision Zero Strategy which aims to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries. He answered myriad questions from meeting attendees.
Our meeting on February 22 saw both Council Districts 1 and 5 represented. District 1 Councilwoman Ann O’Brien and District 5 Councilwoman Betty Guardado provided updates on activities in their respective districts. Precinct Commander Wickers then updated us on crime in the precinct including a recent apprehension of a suspect and a huge quantity of Fentanyl pills, cash and guns.
Our main topic this evening was the recent passage by City Council of the 27th Avenue Corridor Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan with over $5 million of funding. Councilwoman Betty Guardado whose District 5 encompasses much of the plan area spoke to us about the measure and ways the city will help residents and businesses in the 27th Avenue Corridor.
Attending our January 2022 meeting was District 1 Councilwoman Ann O’Brien who updated us on many things going on in the District and City-Wide. Precinct Commander Wickers also gave us information on crime in our precinct and law-enforcements efforts to reduce it and hold criminals responsible.
Our main topic this evening was CPTED. That stands for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. Phoenix PD Detective Brian Kornegay gave us an excellent overview of how we can make our properties less desirable to thieves and other criminals by eliminating objects that would actually help them break in and methods we can use to make things more difficult for them. He provided us with a Home Security Checklist which you can download HERE. If you are interested in viewing his presentation slides, click HERE.
Our agenda this evening was packed with information. Phoenix Council District 1 Councilwoman Ann O’Brien provided updates for the City. Then CAO Sgt. Mayra Reesen discussed Crime and recent trends and PD activity in the precinct. Sgt Scott Stout from the office of Chief Jeri Williams spoke regarding the DOJ investigation currently ongoing on Phoenix PD practices.
City of Phoenix Economic Development Program Manager Lisa Huggins-Hubbard educated the Community on Phoenix C.A.R.E.S. and how citizens can help identify those who could benefit from services provided by the City and other organizations. Dustin Datt from Q.T. spoke about recent changes underway in their stores along the I-17 corridor to help discourage transients from loitering on their properties.
PNP Members who were actively patrolling in our precinct were provided with Voice Recorders pruchased via the PNP Grant to enhance their reporting capabilities.
NBWG Grant Purchased Crime Prevention/Safety items were distributed to all who attended.
This evening we were joined by Derrik Rochwalik from the City Council District 1 office who spoke to events occurring in our District. Bexxy Aguilera told us about Parks & Rec events including the upcoming Boo Fest.
Detectives from the Phoenix Police Department Sex Offender Notification Squad informed us about the various levels of Sex Offenders and when citizens and neighborhoods would be notified about their presence. They took questions from the Community.
Our PNP Rep Stan Bates spoke of PNP Radar Activities, provided announcements of upcoming events and encouraged any interested Community member to attend upcoming PNP Training classes.
There were several agenda items of interest to all.
- The new Council District 1 staff introduced themselves and spoke about priorities for Councilwoman O’Brien. They also answered questions from Community members ranging from recent City and State Legislation to the reopening of schools in the fall and mask requirements. Thank You to Yvonne Roeder and Derrik Rochwalik for the discussion and information. You can reach Yvonne, Derrik, and Councilwoman Ann O’Brien by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- We received a Parks & Recreation update from Bexxy Aguilera, City of Phoenix Parks & Rec Coordinator for the Beuf Recreation and Community Center.
- An update from our Community Action Officers (CAO’s) on law enforcement activities within our precinct.
- A very engaging presentation from Joan Campbell of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office on Travel Scams. Several of you asked to be able to view the presentation on your own and at your leisure. You can find it HERE in PDF format. It will open in a new browser tab. If you wish to save it for future viewing, right click on and choose “Save” or “Save As”. It will be stored on your own device for retrieval whenever convenient for you.
Our presentation this evening was by Jesus Haro, an Emergency Services Planner from the Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management. Mr. Haro shared a presentation with our Community. He explained the purpose of emergency management, provided information on leadership including from both County and City of Phoenix, reviewed the phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. He spoke of natural hazards, dangers of the heat of our desert summer, wildfire safety and many other topics.
His slides for this informative session can be found HERE.
Our speaker this evening was Special Agent Tazden Starnes, from the U.S Department of Homeland Security Investigations Unit. Agent Starnes spoke to many I.C.E. issues including what types of issues and investigations fall to his office and how those are handled. International money laundering, sale of weapons to sanctioned countries, financial crimes and many others. Also discussed was the global reach of CBP/ICE and they have 7100 agents in 220 cities around the US and 80 offices in 53 countries.
Our guest this evening was District 1 Councilwoman and Vice-Mayor Thelda Williams. She spoke of her many years on the Council and some of the challenges she has faced as she prepares to retire from public service in April this year. She also provided updates of current issues facing the City and District 1. She said she appreciates Cactus Park Community Alliance and Cactus Park Phoenix Neighborhood Patrol for the service provided to our Precinct. Leaders of CPCA and CP-PNP thanked her as well for her support over the years.
Our headline speaker this evening was Michael Book from Valley Metro. Topic was the Light Rail Northwest Extension into Metro Center and security in Rail facilities. Also from Valley Metro were Don Schneidmiller, Bree Boehlke, and Tony Santana. Phoenix PD Transit Enforcement Lt. Schweikert who oversees a squad of16 officers who patrol over 4400 bus stops spoke of transit security issues. This squad made 1,080 arrests in 2020.
Our guest this evening was Joan Campbell from the Maricopa County Attorney’s office. Ms. Campbell presented on scams the office is seeing in today’s environment. From the usual items being filed and prosecuted through COVID specific scams meant to defraud the public.
This evening, Phoenix PD Employment Services Bureau Commander Charles Consolian addressed the Community on issues facing Police Recruiting in 2020. Police Departments have faced many challenges over the past few years with the most recent being widespread protests and recent shootings by Police. Commander Consolian also provided updates on recent crime trends in Phoenix.
All meetings were suspended in mid-March due to the emerging Coronavirus pandemic. All meetings until this time were held in person in the Auditorium at the College America Campus at MetroCenter. At the time none of the Citizens organizations had subscriptions to conferencing options like Zoom and WebEx. By the time we figured it out the summer was nearly over. Our September 2020 meeting was the first one using the virtual platforms. Since that time our meetings have all been virtual. As of June 2021 we are on summer break. We hope that beginning in September 2021 we can meet in person once again.
Our guest this evening was Deputy Maricopa County Attorney Casey Mundell. His presentation was regarding those who commit crimes against animals and how these often are a pre-cursor to the person moving on to more serious crimes against property and people. He stressed that if you become aware of anyone regardless of their age committing abuse or crimes against animals they should be reported.
Our presenter this evening was Sgt. Armando Hurtado of the Cactus Park Precinct Burglary Detail. Sgt. Hurtado spoke of importance of recording serial numbers of valuable items and to secure vehicles to deter ID theft. If you see someone suspicious note clothing, and general appearance including any tattoos. Call Crime Stop or 911 as appropriate. Open garages are an invitation to those who would steal.
Our annual Holiday Party was held in the College America Auditorium. At this meeting any outstanding items from the prior year are discussed and resolved or voted on. A potluck then followed. Click HERE for some pictures taken that evening.