From September 2007 to September 2009 two PLEA members sacrificed their lives protecting the citizens of Phoenix – Officer Nick Erfle and Officer Shane Figueroa. Numerous other PLEA members were injured in providing front‐line protection. The daily risks that all PLEA members take as first‐responders and investigators in pursuing the rule of law give unique value and weight to their voice. Mayor Gordon communicated a similar message in a letter to the new PLEA board dated September 18, 2009, “The Council and I have absolute respect for all the men and women who put on a badge and dedicate themselves to serving and protecting our community. Nothing I do as Mayor will ever ‐ ever be as important to me as making sure our police officers are treated with the respect they have earned ‐ and are getting the support they deserve from our entire community.”
Listen to the commentary on survey by JD Hayworth.