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BEND, OR -- Bend Police Chief Jim Porter heads to the Windy City of Chicago later this month.  Porter say he was invited by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to address their annual meeting on some topics many police departments struggle with. Porter says a challenge facing his department is recruitment in the face of more retirements. Adding to the challenge is the high cost of living in this area. He says the Bend department looks at recruitment from the perspective of what can be done internally and externally to help recruitment and the effort is paying off.  Porter will also speak at the conference about how the health and wellness program he implemented in Bend that has reduced on-the-job injuries by more than 50-per cent.

 

 

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