Portland police may lower hiring requirements

Portland police may lower hiring requirements

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer says she may lower educational requirements for new officers from two years of college to a high school diploma or General Educational Development certificate.

Sizer cites higher cost of college and says education requirements may block qualified people from jobs with the police bureau.

The bureau has about 45 vacancies and faces waves of upcoming retirements.

Last year the bureau hired 46 new officers but 64 retired. This year, 89 officers will be eligible to retire and 160 will over the next 24 months.

Only about nine percent of people who are tested eventually become officers. Minorities now make up about 13 percent of the Police Bureau.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is the only law enforcement agency in Oregon to require a four-year college degree, although the City of Portland did for a few years.