After mass resignations and poor morale following the 2020 protests, new police recruits are finally flocking to Portland, the police union head says. There’s just one hiccup: a months long training backlog.
“Our hiring has picked up quite a bit,” Portland Police Association President Aaron Schmautz said. “The real issue is that there’s this huge backlog at [the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training], so every time we hire people, it’s months before they even start the academy.”
The officer shortage has been blamed for unprecedented slow 911 response times. High-priority calls now wait about 20 minutes on average
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