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Phoenix police chief reassigned pending review

Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris, left, listens as his reassignment is announced by Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos, foreground, during a news conference where the hierarchy shakeup is announced at City Hall Thursday, March 3, 2011, in Phoenix.  The action came today as the city's police department faces scrutiny for kidnapping statistics that it provided in getting a federal grant.  Harris has come under heavy criticism after a police officer had claimed that the kidnapping figures had been inflated to get the grant.  U.S. Justice Department auditors are reviewing the statistics that Phoenix police provided in order to get the $1.7 million grant to support the squad that investigates kidnappings.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris, left, listens as his reassignment is announced by Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos, foreground, during a news conference where the hierarchy shakeup is announced at City Hall Thursday, March 3, 2011, in Phoenix. The action came today as the city's police department faces scrutiny for kidnapping statistics that it provided in getting a federal grant. Harris has come under heavy criticism after a police officer had claimed that the kidnapping figures had been inflated to get the grant. U.S. Justice Department auditors are reviewing the statistics that Phoenix police provided in order to get the $1.7 million grant to support the squad that investigates kidnappings. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Phoenix police chief Jack Harris has been reassigned pending a city review of kidnapping statistics used to win federal grant money.

City Manager David Cavazos announced Thursday that Executive Assistant Chief Joe Yahner is now acting police chief and will take over the day-to-day operations of the Phoenix Police Department.

Cavazos said at a news conference that some of the kidnapping statistics used to win $1.7 million in federal grant money were mislabeled.

The city now plans to assemble a group of independent experts to review the police department’s reporting processes and kidnapping statistics from 2008.

The panel is expected to develop recommendations and report its findings to the Phoenix City Council within 60 days.

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