Police State/Civil Liberties

Only 18 Percent of Portland’s Police Live Inside the City Limits. Does That Matter?

Outside agitators causing trouble.

by Alex Zielinski

Portland Mercury

Eighteen percent.

That’s how many police officers in the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) actually live in the city they’re sworn to protect. According to city data obtained by the Mercury in a public records request, only 158 of the bureau’s 864 sworn officers live at an address with a ZIP code that falls within Portland city limits. And that’s actually a generous estimate—some PPB officers live in ZIP codes that straddle several city boundaries.


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