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Phoenix police partner with feds on violent crime

About two months have passed since the Civil Rights arm of the U.S. Justice Department launched a sweeping investigation of Phoenix police.

Now another DOJ entity called the Bureau of Justice Assistance is running a partnership with Phoenix Police Department to work on reducing violent crime.

Phoenix police applied for the three-year National Public Safety Partnership before the feds unveiled the Civil Rights investigation.

The alliance aims to lower violent crime in places with high rates of illegal activity. It means Phoenix police get fast help from the feds in a number of areas such as gun violence, technical aid, constitutional policing and community engagement.

Dozens of cities have taken part in the initiative, which has roots in an Obama-era pilot program and was reorganized at the start of the Trump administration.

Phoenix police say part of their vision for the partnership is to learn more about violent crime challenges unique to the city.

Matthew Casey has won Edward R. Murrow awards for hard news and sports reporting since he joined KJZZ as a senior field correspondent in 2015.