Portland Police Bureau’s Rehiring Program Garners Little Interest

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Portland Police Bureau’s attempt to bring officers back amid record-low staffing levels is reportedly receiving a lackluster response.

The PPB confirmed to KOIN 6 News only two of 81 retired officers have expressed an interest in returning through the “Retire-Rehire Program that was launched several months ago. Back in October, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said he hoped to bring back as many as 100 retired officers to the force — but that doesn’t seem to be happening anytime soon.

According to the Sgt. Aaron Schmautz, the president of the Portland Police Association, one clause may have turned off more potential applicants.

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