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Police union endorses Bailey for Portland mayor


The Portland Police Association has endorsed Jules Bailey for mayor.

The PPA has been calling for the City Council to hire significantly more police officers. Bailey, a Multnomah County commissioner, has promised to restore two officer positions to the Mounted Horse Patrol. He has not publicly proposed more specific for the entire Portland Police Bureau, although his platform says he wants to "Increase police staffing to emphasize robust community policing, cut response times, and increase the number of calls to which officers are able to respond."

The PPA released the following statement Monday morning:

"Our priority as police officers is to keep our neighborhoods safe. To meet that core priority and to ensure that Portland’s economy thrives, we need to reduce crime, gang violence, and issues surrounding homelessness. We need a mayor committed to enhancing the safety of our City by hiring and training additional, highly qualified police officers to reduce emergency response times and ensure our families, children, and neighborhoods are safe.

"The Portland Police Association is proud to endorse Jules Bailey for mayor because he shares our vision; a vision of public service where we have the staffing, resources and ability to proactively serve and protect our communities. We support Jules Bailey’s vision of leadership, accountability, and direction for our City and our Police Bureau."