"Many Portlanders no longer feel safe in their city," Mayor Ted Wheeler said during a news conference Wednesday. "Business owners have closed up shop, for fear of doing business in high risk areas. Commuters fear for their safety, whether taking public transport or going by foot. Parents are scared to let their children play outside."
November 4, 2021
County Executive Steve Bellone has announced that the county is hiring 705 law enforcement personnel, including almost 470 sworn officers. Ten percent of the new hires will speak Spanish.
November 2, 2021
Mayor Jenny Durkan, who is not seeking a second term, issued an executive order Friday creating an immediate incentive program for the hiring of 911 dispatchers and police officers, citing a "civil emergency" as staffing shortages have worsened with the onset of the vaccine mandate.
November 1, 2021
On July 12, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Department of Justice in the City of Los Angeles v. William P. Barr, Attorney General, lifting the nationwide injunction on COPS Hiring Program and the Microgrants.
July 17, 2019
President Trump said Friday he was “very happy” to sign into law two bills that would provide help to members of law enforcement and military veterans.
June 5, 2017
Illinois' governor on Wednesday proposed boosting the shrinking ranks of the Illinois State Police in an effort to quell a steady increase in gun violence spilling over from Chicago's neighborhoods onto the city's expressways.
February 16, 2017
Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez called the plan to hire 451 new police officers this year "extremely difficult if not impossible" in a memo to City Council members.
January 4, 2017
The Pennsylvania State Police are recruiting candidates to fill about 500 job vacancies to bolster the department's contingent of troopers and liquor enforcement officers.
December 14, 2016
Chicago's most powerful alderman joined forces Wednesday with chairmen of the City Council's Black and Hispanic Caucuses in demanding that candidates with minor drug and criminal offenses be allowed to become Chicago Police officers.
December 14, 2016
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has announced plans to hire nearly 1,000 new police officers in the next two years.
September 21, 2016
All across Michigan, a shortage of police officers has arisen silently, and if it doesn't stop, it could get dangerous.
August 26, 2016
The "Having Enough Police Matters'' campaign is intended to pressure City Hall to provide more funding to the Portland Police Bureau to hire more rank-and-file officers.
October 8, 2015
Increasing the size of the force had been a top priority of the City Council speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, and the notion was endorsed by Mr. de Blasio’s police commissioner, William J. Bratton. But the move has been opposed by some advocates for criminal justice reform, and it is expected to add at least $100 million to the city’s budget, the New York Times reports.
June 23, 2015
By July, the number of sworn employees needed to fill the gap will be about 1,300, according to sheriff's officials, including hundreds of deputies to make the county jails safer in response to an inmate abuse scandal and a rash of jail suicides.
June 2, 2015
The New York City Council is poised to renew its call to hire 1,000 more officers for the police department, potentially setting up a repeat clash with Mayor Bill de Blasio about the headcount of the nation's largest police force.
April 13, 2015