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Phoenix Police Whistle Blower Gets Job Back

July 26, 2013  | 

Screenshot via ABC15.
Screenshot via ABC15.
A Phoenix Police sergeant who was fired for blowing the whistle on bogus kidnapping stats will get his job back in a settlement of his wrongful termination lawsuit.

Sgt. Phil Roberts filed a federal lawsuit against the city in 2011, alleging wrongful termination and retaliation.

Beginning in 2010, Roberts began questioning the agency's kidnapping statistics that eventually caused media outlets to label the city as the kidnapping capital of the country. The agency reported 358 ransom kidnappings in 2008.

In 2009, the agency created its Home Invasion Kidnapping Enforcement (HIKE) Unit funded by federal stimulus grants.

Roberts, who joined the agency in 1985, wrote several memos he claimed got him fired in January. The agency claimed he made untruthful statements in the memos.

An ABC15 investigation showed the city's statistics weren't even close to being accurate.

Tags: Phoenix PD, Kidnapping, Officer Fired, Whistle Blowers


Comments (13)

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PR24 @ 7/27/2013 8:50 PM

GOOD!!! Once again the tyranny of COMPSTAT rears its ugly head. An honest cop gets the shaft for accurate reporting as the powers that be "alter" or embellish their stats! Anyone recall the NYPD cops who got jacked for being honest & defying thier superiors orders to 'fix' their COMPSTAT numbers?? Tyranny, that's all it is.

Ima Leprechaun @ 7/29/2013 3:34 AM

Phoenix seems to have some really serious honesty issues in many areas of Law Enforcement. Time for a DOJ investigation.

DW JOBE @ 7/29/2013 2:39 PM

Who's gonna investigate DOJ? Putting DOJ in charge of any investigation is akin to posting the coyote at the hen house . . . doncha think.

PD @ 7/29/2013 2:46 PM

The DOJ is too busy ensuring justice for Trayvon.

Doug M. @ 7/29/2013 2:50 PM

How about someone prosecuting the command staff for their acts here? What about canning them for their dishonesty - they are Brady'd, after all. Typical lack of personal integrity of a significant number of command personnel. I have seen that many times across many agencies.

TimFromLA @ 7/29/2013 3:00 PM

The pogues will NEVER get prosecuted, so long as the rank and file have a poor relationship with the public. I support the men and women of the LAPD for example, and a lot of the officers trust me when I expose the pogues. I had to make the effort to gain their trust. maybe it's time for some quid pro quo?

richard @ 7/29/2013 6:07 PM

THE SYSTEM IS BREAKING DOWN. MANY OF US PREDUCTED THIS. CORRUPT GOVT= CORRUPUT POLICE=CORRUPT BUSINESS PEOPLE PAYING OFF THE CORRUPT CITY OFFICIALS, AND SO IT GOES. WHO CAN YOU TRUST? I WORKED FOR THRE DIFFERENT POLICE DEPT'S OVER MY 25 YEARS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. ALL HAD CORRUPT HEADS OF COMMAND RIGHT UP TO THE CHIEF. THE GOOD GUYS LEFT, THE BAD GUYS STAYED. I BELIEVED IN WHAT I DID WHEN I JOINED THE POLICE. I KEEP MY HAND WITH GUN AROUND IT, UNDER MY LEG WHEN STOPPED THESE DAYS. ONCE AGAIN, THE SYSTEM IS BREAKING DOWN. I REFUSE TO BE A STASTIC WHEN IT COMES TO UNSOLVED POLICE HOMISIDES.

Dustin @ 7/29/2013 7:23 PM

Wow, Richard's losing it! Can see he's not a police member miles away. LEO'S need to be able to formulate sentences and spell! Maybe there is a reason you can get membership Richard.

Jeff S @ 7/30/2013 11:27 AM

He's clearly losing it, but he is telling the truth to an extent. Metadata is all around us. It collects our data and whomever has the data, sells the data. The fish tank at subway full of business cards is actually worth about 1000 dollars (give or take). Google data mining or metadata collection practices. It'll creep you out. Pizza delivery data is especially valuable. Seriously.

Longo2guns @ 7/31/2013 6:05 AM

Anytime an organization is basing their productivity on numbers (and only a manufacturing plant should be doing this) you'll eventually have corruption, it's human nature. If not, how does England explain being "gun free" yet for a civilized, developed country, having the highest violence rates? Vicious cycle, indeed.

Kev-O @ 7/31/2013 11:39 PM

Statistics! You can fill volumes with what they don't really mean!

MikeAT @ 8/5/2013 11:52 AM

@Ima, are you talking about the Holder Just-Us Department involved with the killing of at last one of their own agents by selling weapons to the Mexican gangs?

zonable @ 8/6/2013 7:08 AM

I know the feeling, Sgt. Roberts. I blew the whistle on things several times and was, disciplined, suspended or transferred every time. And it happened at the same place, the Phoenix P.D. Thank god I'm retired now.

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