Portland police facing hiring challenges

Portland police on patrrol.

Although the City Council appears willing to hire more police officers, the ability of the Portland Police Bureau to increase its ranks has slowed dramatically because of the COVID-19 pandemic and previous budget cuts.

The majority of the council signaled its willingness to spend $7 million in surplus funds on the bureau during the annual Fall Budget Monitoring process hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The final vote on the proposal by Mayor Ted Wheeler, which includes rehiring 25 retired officers this year, is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 17.