FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Campaign urges Portland City Council to address dangerously low staffing levels
(October 7, 2015 — Portland, OR) – Billboards are going up throughout the City of Portland today to educate the public about the dangerously low staffing levels in the Portland Police Bureau. With this effort, the Portland Police Association (PPA) is urging City Council to increase police staffing.
With an estimated $49 million surplus in the City’s general fund and a back-to-basics approach to City government, we should have enough police officers to meet our community’s public safety priorities, including:
- Responding to calls for service;
- Investigating and solving crimes;
- Addressing a deadly upswing in gun and gang violence;
- Serving those who are impacted by livability issues surrounding homelessness;
- Assisting our citizens with mental illness and those suffering mental health crises;
- Community policing and engagement; and
- Ensuring the safety of our citizens and our officers.
Yet, Police Bureau staffing levels are dwindling even as our City continues to grow. Officers are forced to do more with less, and the community pays the price. In fact, the Police Bureau is around 700 hundred officers short of national staffing benchmarks.
“Inadequate staffing in the Police Bureau is hurting our communities and putting all of us at risk,” said Daryl Turner, President of the PPA. “Nothing is more basic to the livability of a city than public safety. We need City Council to take immediate action to fix this critical staffing shortage. Our City and our officers deserve better.”
Visit OurCityOurPolice.org to read about the initiative and sign our online petition asking Portland City Council to increase Police Bureau staffing levels.