Violent crime is rising faster in Portland than other parts of the country, but some residents say it seems like police aren't around when they need them.

"It's like they almost disappeared," Loretta Guzman told Fox News.

The average response time for a high-priority call was 20.4 minutes in October, according to PPB data, the slowest it has been in at least six years. PPB defines high-priority calls as those in which people or high-value property are in immediate danger.

A survey of Portland residents released earlier this year found 51% of respondents doubted a 911 call would be answered quickly.

Staffing is a huge concern for PPB. A spokesperson told Fox News the bureau has lost 250 officers over the past two years due to resignations and retirements.

 

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