Portland officials are mulling a new tactic to combat the shortage of police officers: paying them double for overtime. This initiative is in response to the decreasing number of officers available for shifts, an issue exacerbated by sentiments following the “defund the police” campaigns. Mayor Ted Wheeler has proposed the pay raise, suggesting the city cough up an extra sum, close to a million dollars, for the next 60 days as a pilot program. The program’s goal is to tempt officers and sergeants to voluntarily extend their patrol hours. However, while this might temporarily bridge the staffing gap, questions arise about its sustainability and potential burnout risk for the officers.
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