Crime-ridden blue city now hiring more police. Why they can’t get them on the streets fast enough

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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