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.
According to Sgt. Aaron Schmautz, the president of the Portland Police Association, one clause may have turned off more potential applicants. The clause Schmautz refers to stated the bureau would disqualify “any officers who were found to have violated city policy by cooperating with federal agents to attack Portland residents.”
“We have a lot of people who retired, long-standing, have a ton to offer — and when they see things, it implies they are a part of those things,” Schmautz said.
Back in October, Mayor Ted Wheeler told KATU there were around 100 to 120 retirees who are eligible, and he said he believes that several dozen will be willing to come back to the job.
“They don’t have to go back through the lengthy certification process. They can actually hit the streets relatively quickly,” Wheeler said.