Since 2013, calls for police service have increased 24% and emergency response times have risen by 21% to an average of 6 min. and 14 sec. Each year, officers respond to more calls related to mental health crises, addiction and homelessness. Despite the growth in demand, officer staffing levels have remained the same. On many shifts, there are 3-4 patrol officers fielding calls for service, which is not enough to respond to more than one high priority call occurring simultaneously.
When You Need Us, Minutes Matter
Chief McAlpine provides an overview of Tigard police services and current staffing challenges. Our goal is to be “there when you need us” from saving a life to improving the quality of life.