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Video: Phoenix PD Submitting Fewer Felony Cases to County, Cause Disputed

April 07, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Phoenix PD Submitting Fewer Felony Cases to County, Cause Disputed

The Phoenix Police Department has had a significant drop in felony cases submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office in recent months, according to data obtained by ABC15.

From October of 2015 through February of 2016, Phoenix police submitted 25% fewer cases to county prosecutors compared to the same time period one year earlier.

In total cases, the decrease equates to nearly 1,600 felonies.

Recently, the number of misdemeanor charges has also dropped considerably. The timing appears to correspond with the mid-October launch of the police department's $30 million record management system, or RMS.

But there's not a consensus on whether the new RMS is to blame.

Multiple officers and detectives throughout the department tell ABC15 that the new RMS is cumbersome and bogging them down. But city officials refute that it's primarily responsible. A spokesman said that the department's bare-bones police staff has had a greater effect.

Regardless, a retired Phoenix police commander and criminal justice professor said the drop is alarming.

"You have a significant problem that must be addressed," said Jeff Hynes, who now teaches at Arizona State University and Glendale Community College. "Bells and whistles should be going off."

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kevCopAz @ 4/7/2016 6:19 PM

I have been retired from Phx PD for 3 years. They just started hiring cops after roughly 6-8 years without hiring any!. Even while I was there if a Detective retired, died or quit they were NOT replaced in that unit and those left had to carry the load. This was and is a non workable equation. We all know it takes years to fill spots of seasoned officers with new blood and you can not leave years of gaps between filling those positions. My unit went from a very productive Repeat Offender Program with 8 Detectives (24 hr response)and 8 filed surveillance Detectives to 3 "in office, no call out ever" detectives who pushed paper. This program was in the department for 25 plus years before that. Since I have left it has for the most part eased to exist. This is only one example of how this department fell apart. This is NOT the fault of the Chief (the current Chief) or the department it is a direct result of the former (now fired) Chief Garcia and the Mayor and city Council. RMS sucks !

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