This sure sounds like the Phoenix Police Department and
the ASU Police Department are mixing government and religion.
I suspect the real reason these police forces are
taking the prostitutes they arrest to church is to
force them to worship the Christian God.
Police, ASU offer option to deter prostitution
by Ofelia Madrid - Sept. 24, 2011 12:25 AM
The Arizona Republic
PHOENIX - Phoenix police and Arizona State University have partnered to give prostitutes in Phoenix an alternative to arrest.
Through a pilot program called
Phoenix officers who arrested prostitutes on Thursday and Friday took them to Bethany Bible Church in central Phoenix, where the women were offered an arrest alternative.
The adult prostitutes who met the guidelines, and had no more than four prostitution arrests, were given on-site access to social services, including food, shelter, clothing, health care and detox. Through this program, the prostitutes aren't sent to jail or prosecuted. If they complete the diversion program, which can take up to six months, they avoid the arrest on their record.
As of Friday afternoon, about 40 women had signed up for the program, scheduled to last through Friday night
Phoenix prostitutes offered rehab over jail time
Posted: Sep 27, 2011 8:16 PM
By Elizabeth Erwin
PHOENIX (KPHO) -
Phoenix police said they're sick of seeing the same prostitutes night after night.
They've decided the best option might be not to take them off the streets.
Sounds strange, right?
Typically when Phoenix police officers pick up prostitutes they cuff and arrest them.
But they decided to take a different approach: the option of a rehabilitation program. And, they said, it's working.
"It was absolutely miserable. Dark, hopeless, being out there and living on the streets," said former prostitute Jeanne Allen.
The photo with this story is Jeanne Allen's last mug shot, taken when she was picked up for prostitution yet again six years ago.
"It's not the pretty woman that you see on TV," she said.
You'd never know the same woman sat down with CBS 5 News.
"I am a formerly prostituted woman," Allen said.
She proudly shared her story.
"I'm a recovered addict, heroin and crack cocaine," she said.
Allen carries that mug shot with her as a constant reminder of who she was and who she is today.
Allen went through the Catholic Charities Diversion Program.
It's the same one women picked up through
"The whole idea was sort of skip jail, skip the prosecution part and really recognizing that it just costs a lot to the city and it doesn't seem to be a deterrent," said Arizona State University School of Social Work Associate Professor Dominique Roe-Sepowitz.
The Phoenix Police Department teamed up with ASU to help rehabilitate hookers.
They picked up more than 50 ladies of the night last week and gave them the option to either go to jail or go through the program.
If they chose option B they'd get a hot meal, clothes, medical care, therapy and detox.
"If women get supported through the process of getting out of prostitution they get re-arrested much less and they're more successful in their lives," Roe-Sepowitz said.
"I remember today what it was like, but I know that I no longer have to live that way," Allen said.
Allen is living proof and said sharing her journey helps show it can be done.
"And there is life after being a prostituted woman," she said.
If the women don't complete the diversion program they're back at square one -- arrested and prosecuted.
Phoenix police said they hope the program will keep some of the familiar faces they keep picking up off the streets.
Phoenix police chief works on communication, consistency
by William Hermann - Oct. 31, 2011 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic
Acting Chief Joe Yahner took the helm of the Phoenix Police Department in April, when then-Chief Jack Harris retired after a string of high-profile troubles ranging from a controversy over crime statistics to an altercation between a city councilman and a police officer.
Formerly the executive assistant chief, Yahner, 48, joined the department in 1985 and came up through the ranks, reaching the rank of commander in 1999. He has been commander of the Maryvale Precinct, a liaison in the City Manager's Office, and served in the Traffic and Property Crimes bureaus. Yahner presently is working with city officials who are evaluating recommendations from Berkshire Advisors, efficiency experts hired by the city to find ways to save money in the various municipal departments.
Question: What have you been trying to accomplish since you took the chief's job?
Answer: I identified simple things: communication, consistency and capturing wins. I worked on internal and external communication. Internally, I wanted officers and sergeants to know what was going on, wanted to stop rumors and improve knowledge. I wanted to improve communication with the community so we know what their expectations are and they know what police expectations are. I wanted to be sure there was consistency of service throughout the city and consistency in dealing with employees and issues. Finally, I wanted to let people know about our successes. To focus on the positive, excellent police work we do every day and to let people know about it.
Q: What are the greatest challenges facing the department over the next several years?
A: The main challenge for the police department is to provide the same high quality of customer service with the same level of staffing or even less staffing, because we can't hire new officers.
In view of current budget realities, we are not going to hire until (budget year) 2013-14, and we haven't hired since January 2009 - and then we hired eight people. In June 2009, we had 3,275 sworn officers. Now we have 3,065, and by 2013 we'll be at about 2,900 sworn officers. We have to find efficiencies and we are finding them. For instance, starting next month we're going to offer online reporting of some crimes, so that if your bicycle is stolen out of the garage and there is no suspect, you can make a police report online.
That's instead of an officer rolling out. There are other approaches we'll have to be open to, and we're always considering how to be more efficient, but just as effective.
Q: The Berkshire Advisors report recommended finding the most efficient way to have officers work shifts. Do you favor five eight-hour shifts, four tens, or three thirteens?
A: We are evaluating that as we speak. According to the report, five eight-hour shifts is the most financially efficient, but there is little overlap of service. We have been on four tens for 20 years, and there's a lot to be said for it. There is significant overlap on shifts and you have thirty hours of service in a 24-hour day.
You can adjust maximum manpower to hours of maximum calls for service, which means between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. you put the most people on the streets, and I believe, deliver to the public the best possible service. I have problems with three 13-hour-and-20-minute shifts. We are a high-liability business, and with three thirteen's you have sleep deprivation. Are you at your best in the 12th hour of your third 13-hour day? Beating the streets for 13 hours in 114-degree heat in this city is very demanding and I'm not sure a good idea.
Q: What about recommendations that you take officers out of jobs like neighborhood relations and get them in patrol cars?
A: The Berkshire report is an efficiency report and looks for ways to save money. There is a price in doing police business and particularly in doing quality police business. Our philosophy is based on doing community-based policing. We want to have the people to answer calls, but we also think we need to have people who prevent calls.
That's what community-action officers and neighborhood-enforcement teams do. The efficiency report says those people should take on more calls for service. But we think those teams keep police calls from happening. Our recommendation likely will be to keep our community-action officer teams intact. We want to continue with our current proven practice of community-based policing. And we are seeing 20-year lows in crime.
Q: Do you believe you should be considered for the full-time chief's position?
A: Am I interested in the job? Absolutely. I'm qualified for the job and would look forward to doing it. I've been on the force 26 years and have served across the department. It has been an honor to be in this position and I look forward to the future because I think we do a great job. We have done well in our police work and our interaction with the community is going well. I'm a native of Phoenix, went to Saints Simon and Jude Catholic School, Washington High School and Arizona State University. I'm a local guy and know many of the local people.