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Fired Phoenix PD whistle-blower back on duty

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Phoenix Police Sgt. Phil Roberts (Source: CBS 5 News) Phoenix Police Sgt. Phil Roberts (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A Phoenix police officer, who blew the whistle on the city's inaccurate kidnapping statistics and then was fired, was back on the job on Wednesday.

Sgt. Phil Roberts, a nearly 30-year veteran of the force, reached a settlement with the city of Phoenix over the summer.

Roberts sued the city in 2011 for retaliation after years of accusations and investigations by Phoenix Police Department, the result of what some call dirty office politics, especially after Roberts exposed the fact, through a series of memos, that the city's kidnapping statistics for 2008 were way off.

In fact, an audit found the number was actually 30 percent lower than the 358 reported.

Chief Daniel Garcia fired Roberts this past January.

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