Phoenix is often called the "kidnapping capital" of the United States. But what if all the numbers didn't add up? For the past two months, the ABC15 Investigators have reviewed the Phoenix Police Department's 2008 kidnapping statistics, reading hundreds of reports and thousands of pages.
Our investigation has found Phoenix Police routinely inflated their kidnapping statistics throughout the year, including at least 100 cases that legal experts said should not have been counted, plus dozens of other questionable reports.
Federal agents concluded that Phoenix police used overstated kidnapping statistics and cited a “culture” within the department allowed it happen, according to a new audit.
The Department of Justice will release on Wednesday the findings of its investigation into Phoenix’s kidnapping statistics.
A whistle-blowing police sergeant who raised questions about the accuracy of kidnapping statistics faced retaliation by the Phoenix Police Department, according to a Department of Justice investigation.
The drama series would "follow tough female cop Maggie Tarrant as she runs a Phoenix-based law enforcement team while simultaneously juggling her home life as a wife and mother."
New statistics from the Phoenix Police Department paint a conflicting picture of Phoenix kidnapping statistics.
The Phoenix Police Department signed an agreement to shoot a show called "H.I.K.E. Squad," according to documents obtained by ABC15.
Federal investigators have found major discrepancies with Phoenix kidnapping statistics, confirming the results an ABC15 investigation uncovered two months ago.
One association says Phoenix could suffer without the former Public Safety Manager's leadership, the other says it has looked forward to this day.
"Today was the first he said anything about that," said Assistant City Manager Ed Zuercher over former Police Chief Jack Harris' sudden retirement notice.
Phoenix City Council members said they learned of Jack Harris’ resignation as Public Safety Manager on Friday morning, the day he submitted it.
Public Safety Manager Jack Harris retired unexpectedly Friday after submitting a short letter to city officials.
Councilman Sal Diciccio is calling for a full outside investigation because of an ABC15 investigation that exposed Phoenix police officials never fully audited kidnapping statistics.
Phoenix police did not specifically audit kidnapping statistics in the past, contradicting several statements and interviews made to the media, public and city officials.
The ABC15 Investigation
Phoenix is often called the "kidnapping capital" of the United States, but what if all the numbers didn't add up?
ABC15 has confirmed the Phoenix Police Department is the target of an ongoing federal probe to determine if they reported inflated kidnapping statistics.
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