Phoenix police reviewing officer-involved shootings from past 5 years

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Police Department is conducting an internal review of their officer-involved shootings.

It's all an attempt to save more lives.

Chief Daniel Garcia wants to better understand the reason why they're having officer-involved shootings and why the number of them has increased over the years.

In 2013, there were 31 officer-involved shootings -- the most in a single year since 2002 when there were 29.

The department is going to take a look at all the officer-involved shootings from the past five years.

This is all to help form a better understanding of factors that lead to violent confrontations and also avoid a possible investigation in the future from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The DOJ has recently come down on police departments regarding their officers' use of deadly force.

The department plans to complete its review by this fall.