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.
The City Council is considering a local option levy to fund ten additional police officers. A decision on whether to refer a levy for the May 2020 ballot will not be made until all parts of the Tigard community have shared their feedback.
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