- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 23, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland police say they won’t be able to hold their youth summer camp this year due to a shortage of officers.

The Oregonian reports (https://bit.ly/1oZK9m2 ) the Portland Police Bureau issued a release Monday saying recent budget reductions and a decrease in staff played into their decision. The bureau has operated the one-week camp for about 25 years.

The bureau’s announcement came as a surprise to Mayor Charlie Hales, who says he hadn’t discussed the matter with the police chief before Monday. Hales says he wants officers to work something out with city parks and recreation employees to provide a smaller version of the camp.

The bureau has struggled with recruitment since 2013 after cutting 50 positions and halting hiring. There are currently 42 officer vacancies.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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