By Taxpayers Association of Oregon
Portland Police Bureau was forced to shutter its Cold Case Homicide Unit due to the de-fund the police movement. Chief Chuck Lovell said he was forced to divert funds after a spike in homicides. He reassigned a sergeant and two detectives to active homicides. According to Pamplin Media, Lovell said, “there are about 300 cold cases from 1970 to 2019. Last year the homicide unit had 92 callouts and 120 total callouts. Those numbers are already increasing this year.” He also said that during most shifts, the bureau is under the minimum staffing levels to simply take all the patrol calls PPB receives. “A lot of times on weekends we end up on life safety calls only and the other calls end up holding,” he said. PPB currently has 504 active officers, down from a high of 1046 in 2003.