Portland hires 20 new police officers
The Portland Police Bureau hired 20 community police officers Thursday, Sept. 22, representing the first measurable staffing increase in years.
According to the Portland Police Bureau, on Wednesday there were 773 sworn members of all ranks. Of those, 517 were officers. With the new hires, PPB is now up to 793 sworn members, and 537 officers. Going forward, PPB expects that it will be hiring more than it is losing to attrition.
"This is truly a great day for the Portland Police Bureau," Chief Chuck Lovell said. "It's a challenging time right now to work in law enforcement, and I'm gratified to see so many people stepping forward to take on that challenge. I'm excited to welcome them into the PPB family."
"Numbers like this, particularly in the field of law enforcement, have been hard to come by recently," said Mayor Ted Wheeler, who also is police commissioner. "I truly believe that this group, and the growing numbers of people who want to serve the community as police officers, heralds a new and hopeful chapter in our city's future."
Portland city Commissioners Mingus Mapps, Carmen Rubio, and Dan Ryan all attended and spoke at the ceremony. Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty did not attend.
While the new officers were presented their badge , it will be some time yet before they are fully trained and working in patrol cars, the bureau said. The training process for a new hire is 18 months, including the Basic Police Academy in Salem, a Portland Advanced Academy, and field training with a coach. Portland currently has 87 officers in the training process.
The 773 figure was the lowest number of sworn members since 1989. The lowest number of members with the rank of officer was in May 2022, when there were 509 out of 609 authorized.
Also hired today were three new public safety support specialists, who are nonsworn, unarmed members in uniform who serve alongside sworn officers. PPB now has 23 PS3s, out of an authorized 70.
There also were five nonsworn professional staff hired including records specialists, a victim advocate, and police desk clerk. A desk clerk was promoted to police administrative support specialist.
Portland is continuing to hire both lateral and entry-level community police officers. Salary ranges from $75,000-$107,000 per year plus pay incentives. Benefits are 95% paid by the city. More information and recruiter contact is available at JoinPortlandPolice.com.
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