Where Are All The Police Recruits? Cannabis Is Keeping Them Away, Police Chiefs And Portlanders Have An Idea

By Maureen Meehan, Benzinga on January 7, 2023

The shortage of sworn law enforcement officers throughout the country is widespread. It’s especially critical in Portland, Oregon and it’s not a budget issue. Actually, there’s plenty of money to go around; the Police Bureau’s 2022 budget is hefty enough ($249 million) to hire recruits at $65,000, including a $5,000 starting bonus. There just aren’t enough takers.

Though the police shortage varies from state to state, the trend is clear: Law enforcement agencies are struggling to fill their ranks. A 2021 Statista report confirmed that the country’s 660,288 full-time police officers had shrunk by nearly 50,000 from 2013. The National Police Support Fund calls the recruit shortage “deep and complex.”

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