Agencies In Oregon And Washington Compete For Police Officers

Law enforcement agencies across the area are trying to fill empty positions, and their biggest competition is each other.

From the draw of a female police chief shattering glass ceilings in Tigard to the $25,000 signing bonus for lateral officers in Vancouver, police agencies are trying to recruit. The Portland Police Bureau, which is also offering signing bonuses, just recently ramped up recruitment.

“This moment in time is critical for the city and the profession,” Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell said. “I think that, you know, we’re on the cusp of a lot of change in law-enforcement, and I think this is a time where someone can come in and be a part of that change from the front end.”

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