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Portland police launch new website, video as part of recruitment effort

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Portland Police Bureau officials re-launched their recruiting website with a new design at an event downtown Tuesday morning as part of the ongoing effort to hire and retain new officers.

The recruitment push comes at a time that the bureau claims is critical, as there are 74 vacancies currently and hundreds more projected as officers retire over the next five years.

"We need to recruit and hire the next generation of officers and look for diverse candidates so we can look like the community we police,” Chief Mike Marshman said.

Along with the website, the PPB unveiled a new recruiting video showcasing officers and letting explain why they are in law enforcement.

Bureau officials said they have gone through their entire hiring process to remove barriers to finding new staff. They are also opening their testing process on a continuous basis.

Additionally, three new recruiters who are heading to colleges, job fairs and other locations, including social media, to find new officers.

Mayor Charlie Hales was at the event Tuesday and said the new recruiting plan marks a change for law enforcement hiring.

"I’m very pleased and proud we've reached this important milestone, really a change in the direction of the Bureau from declining numbers to resurgency,” he said. “That's exactly what we need in this community."

Police hope with more officers they can better respond to emergencies with Portland's growing population.

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