Portland residents warned of delayed responses to 911 calls amid ...

Portland residents warned of delayed responses to 911 calls amid ...
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Portland police tells woke city's crime victims they're on their own: Residents warned of delayed responses to all but the most serious 911 calls due to spiraling crime and staff shortages amid record-breaking murder rate Portland residents faced longer wait times for 911 calls that didn't concern imminent threats to life or property on Monday  The Portland PD attributed the delays to 'critical' staffing shortages 'due to budget cuts... and the backlog of needed training for new officers' On Friday, the city hit the grim milestone of 80 murders this year, surpassing the its all-time high of 67 killings attained for the entire year of 1987  Last year, the department lost 84 officers, who retired or quit, when the Portland City Council cut their budget by $15 million $5.2 million was restored to the budget last month Mayor Ted Wheeler said that 'many Portlanders no longer feel safe in their city' when he advocated for the increase

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Portland's police department has warned residents of the woke but crime-ravaged Oregon city to expect delays in cops answering all but the most serious 911 calls.   

On Monday, Portland Police were only responding to priority 1 and priority 2 calls - codes that refer to incidents that are life-threatening or with a potential for physical injury, as well as major property crimes. 

It came in the wake of a busy day for cops in the city, which included two carjackings, one of which ended with police shooting an armed suspect dead. 

Responses to any crime-in-progress that didn't pose an immediate threat to persons or property were 'delayed,' the department tweeted. Ongoing staff shortages were also blamed for the slump in emergency services provision. 

The ominous announcement came as the city of roses hit an all-time high in homicides. The 80 murder milestone reached on Friday far surpasses Portland's record of 67, attained in 1987, and is likely to rise before 2021 comes to an end in 24 days. 

That number has been ramping steadily - in 2020, 53 homicides were reported. In 2019, there were 29, and in 2018 there were 25. 

As of October, there were 1,126 shootings throughout the city this year - in 2020 there were 792 and the year before there were 355, according to the

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