Law Enforcement

Researchers have completed a study of body-camera use by Phoenix police. The study looked at more than 146,000 police-citizen incidents.
May. 19, 2022
Mesa Police Department headquarters.
Mesa police have a new online portal for people to submit complaints or compliments about officer behavior to internal affairs.
May. 18, 2022
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New data from Customs and Border Protection shows border officers encountered migrants more than 234,000 times in April. Data shows made less arrests between ports, more encounters overall and a similarly high instance of repeat crossings.
May. 18, 2022
Later this month, the Phoenix Police Department should place its first order for unmanned aircraft systems, commonly called drones. But some city leaders are questioning how the technology will be used.
More Arizona law enforcement news
May. 11, 2022
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A suit brought by Arizona, Texas and a host of non-border states could keep Title 42 in place for months to come. A new motion filed by an asylum-seeking family aims to end it in other border states.
May. 11, 2022
Leslie James
An Arizona man convicted of killing college student Deana Bowdoin in 1978 is scheduled to become the first person to be executed in the state after a nearly eight-year hiatus in its use of the death penalty. Bowdoin's sister, Leslie James, said executing Dixon was justice but that the process to deliver justice took way too long.
May. 11, 2022
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The Cochise County Attorney’s Office says it won’t pursue charges of a Border Patrol Agent who fatally shot a Mexican migrant earlier this year.
May. 10, 2022
Lake Mead
Lower levels at Lake Mead have sent water managers scrambling to assess Southwestern water and energy needs. But the falling reservoir is also revealing some surprises. Earlier this month, boaters at Lake Mead discovered a barrel with human remains.
May. 10, 2022
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A memo from Customs and Border Protection says it will stop using Critical Incident Teams, the internal Border Patrol units accused of interfering with outside investigations into agent conduct.
May. 9, 2022
Arizona Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan
The former director of the Arizona Department of Corrections has been indicted on two felony charges in connection with a January standoff at his home. But Charles Ryan is not being charged with the most severe crimes that Tempe police said he committed.
May. 6, 2022
Landon Rankin
A former sheriff’s deputy has been arrested after police say he crashed weddings throughout the East Valley and stole thousands of dollars worth of cash gifts.
May. 6, 2022
Mark J. Dannels
Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels testified on Capitol Hill last week that crime on the border is at an “all-time high” amid record numbers of apprehensions of migrants there.
May. 5, 2022
four people separated by plexiglass in large room with many empty seats
As the Phoenix City Council prepares to approve a new budget to start in July, some members are already looking ahead to the next year.
May. 3, 2022
Chief Jeri Williams
The Phoenix police chief says she is retiring after nearly six years on the job. Jeri Williams is set to leave a department still under a civil rights investigation by the U.S. Justice Department.
May. 3, 2022
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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer stationed at the Douglas Port of Entry is accused of sexually assaulting a minor.
Apr. 29, 2022
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The 9th U.S. Circuit Court ruled that criminal defense attorneys in Arizona are now free to challenge a state law that prohibits them from directly contacting crime victims and their families.
Apr. 28, 2022
Immigrants at a facility in Donna, Texas
A new report from the advocacy group Human Rights First documents the harm asylum seekers face in U.S. detention facilities. The group is calling for the Biden administration to stop detaining people seeking refuge in the United States.
Apr. 21, 2022
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey
Gov. Doug Ducey and 25 other governors launched a Border Strike Force April 18 that will be modeled after the one he launched in Arizona in 2015. But an investigation by the Arizona Republic found Ducey’s Border Strike Force hasn’t been nearly as successful as he has made it out to be.
Apr. 21, 2022
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Police say a teen has been arrested for several threats made over the phone to schools and businesses in the Valley. But, the arrest was made near Manchester, England. Scottsdale police spokesperson Aaron Bolin says it’s unclear why the teen targeted Arizona.
Apr. 17, 2022
Clarence Dixon
Prosecutors have asked the Arizona Supreme Court to call off a mental-fitness hearing for death-row prisoner Clarence Dixon. The exam may delay the state’s first execution since 2014.
Apr. 16, 2022


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