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The report also provides insight into pressures at the bureau. Seventy-five percent of sworn bureau staff feel that they have too much work to do, and over half of sworn PPB officers indicate that they are somewhat, to high degree or to a very high degree, burnt out, frustrated and emotionally exhausted by work.

OPB/BRADLEY W. PARKS - Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw, Mayor Ted Wheeler, Assistant Chief Chris Davis and Deputy Chief Bob Day listen during a community listening session at Maranatha Church in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. City leaders called the meeting to hear community concerns over a police lieutenant's text messages with Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson.

A report released by the Portland Police Bureau found 71 percent of community members only trust the police somewhat, a little or not at all — and that lack of trust is much higher in communities of color.

The Portland Police Bureau's Strategic Insights Report is the first quantifiable examination of mistrust and skepticism toward the bureau since Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler hired Police Chief Danielle Outlaw to make good on his promise to reform the police bureau.

Yet the report shows the bureau has a lot of headway to make with the community — especially communities of color; 85 percent of community respondents from Black or African American communities only trust the police somewhat, a little or not at all.

That's compared to 77 percent in multi-ethnic communities and 75 percent in American Indian Communities. Forty five percent of American Indian communities don't trust the police at all.

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