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FBI launches investigation into Phoenix Fire Department over arson arrests
Investigative Reporter Wendy Halloran from KPNX-12 News Phoenix uncovered a history of shoddy investigations that led to arrests, grand jury indictments and prosecution of people in Phoenix by arson investigators with the Phoenix Fire Department. The cases also factored into the department’s boast of the highest arson clearance rates in the country. Halloran’s probe also prompted the Fire Chief to form a fire investigation review committee which will review the arson clearance rates and the arson investigators training and methods. It’s who he selected to be on that committee that will likely be the subject of Halloran’s next report.