Portland PD has ‘lowest number of sworn employees’ in 25-plus years, asks for reduced budget cuts to fill jobs

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The Portland Police Bureau now has the “lowest number of sworn employees” in more than 25 years, prompting the department to reassign certain personnel as a way to decrease overtime costs, officials announced. On Thursday, Portland police reassigned sergeants and officers from three precincts “in an effort to reduce overtime costs” – just one day after an Oregonian/Oregon Live report detailing how Police Chief Chuck Lovell has asked city commissioners to decrease department budget cuts to just 1% so they can hire more personnel.