🌱 PPD To Hire Civilian Police Assistants + Accidental Shooting

Happy Friday, Phoenix! Here's everything you need to know going on in Phoenix today.

First, today's weather:

Partly sunny and cooler. High: 70 Low: 51.

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Here are the top three stories in Phoenix today:

  1. On Wednesday, the Phoenix City Council authorized the Phoenix Police Department to add 25 police-civilian investigators and 8 police assistants so detectives can focus on responding to scenes, following up on leads, and interviewing witnesses and suspects. The police assistants will respond to calls that don’t require a sworn officer — like traffic control, collision with no injuries, and more. (KJZZ)

  2. A 16-year-old accidentally shot and killed a 19-year-old in Phoenix early Wednesday morning, said Phoenix Police Department. The 19-year-old, identified as Adrian Beaulieu, died at the scene (near the intersection of 7th Avenue and Alta Vista Road) from his injuries. The 16-year-old, whose identity has not yet been released, and three others were booked at the scene. (12News)

  3. On March 2, Phoenix police arrested 21-year-old Juan Vargas in connection with three migrant worker killings, but authorities didn’t provide any further details. Relatives of the victims believe that their human smugglers may have killed them. (VICE.com)

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Today in Phoenix:

  • M3F Festival - Margaret T. Hance Park (2:00 P.M.)

  • Phoenix First Fridays: Bites and Beats on the PBC - Phoenix Biomedical Campus (4: 00 P.M.)

  • Sherri Shepherd - Rick Bronson's House of Comedy AZ (7:30 P.M.)

From my notebook:

  • The Arizona Humane Society is celebrating Read Across America by inviting young children to read to the loving pets in the shelter. (Facebook)

  • The City of Phoenix is stocking its mobile testing and vaccine vans with free at-home testing COVID kits. There is a limit of two per person and supplies may be limited. (Facebook)

  • The Phoenix Art Museum will host its first First Friday after a two-year lockdown hiatus by presenting The Whole Story: HAVE IT YOUR WAY, beginning at 7:00 P.M.

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Nicole Fallon-Peek

About me: Nicole Fallon-Peek is a journalist and copywriter with a degree in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University. She has served as a freelance reporter, managing editor, copy editor, and editorial director for a variety of B2B news outlets. She currently co-owns and operates content creation agency Lightning Media Partners.

This article originally appeared on the Phoenix Patch