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Testimony to Portland City Council

In Local, President's Message, Staffing by rapsheet

Daryl Turner, President PPA We have a staffing problem in the PPB. Mayor Hales, our police commissioner, has highlighted the City’s strong revenue forecasts and the resulting need to invest additional City revenue in basic services. One of those core basic services is policing. While I applaud Matrix Consulting Group’s recommendation to add 23 rank-and-file officers, detectives and sergeants to …

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Staffing Concerns

In Local, President's Message, Staffing by rapsheet

As the President of the Portland Police Association, the most important issue to me is your safety and the safety of the communities you serve. That is why I believe the most pressing issue that the rank and file face today is staffing. Staffing that will keep the officers and supervisors on the streets safe. Staffing that will allow PPB …

What’s Next?

In Local, President's Message, Staffing by rapsheet

Now that the USDOJ has moved on to greener pastures and the Portland Police Bureau has implemented most of the mandated policies, where do we go from here? Our immediate problem as an organization is staffing at the rank and file levels. The minimums per shift at each precinct are inadequate and cannot be consistently maintained. Our Detective Division is …

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THE GREAT WORK YOU DO

In Local, President's Message, Staffing by rapsheet

 As Portland Police officers, we are required to be all things to everyone we come into contact with on a daily basis.  With approximately 500,000 contacts yearly with the public, we have become the ultimate resource for the City of Portland.  In a time when more people are depending on us to find answers to their questions, resolve long standing …

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How do we do more with less?

In Local, President's Message, Staffing by rapsheet

With looming budget cuts to a police force that is already “lean,” how can the officers, sergeants, investigators, and support services staff of the Portland Police Bureau continue to do their jobs effectively? The Mayor and the City Council have mandated that the Portland Police Bureau cut its budget by millions of dollars, but from where? Staffing levels for street officers …

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Hiring Freeze: A Dangerous Game

In Local, President's Message, Staffing by rapsheet

The City of Portland’s primary responsibility is to provide an environment where its citizens can live in safety and their businesses can flourish.  The Portland Police Bureau is already under-strength and any additional hiring freezes would put public safety and economic viability at risk. The Portland Police Association recognizes that not prioritizing the number of police officers servicing and protecting the …