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BEND, OR -- Police departments here and across the nation struggle to recruit women and people of color…Bend is no exception. Police Chief Jim Porter says money is a factor…and he says that’s not just his opinion but the opinion of most Chiefs of Police in the nation. While salaries are a problem Porter says police need hi-tech skills while at the same time they have to be ready to become aggressive when bad things happen. Porter says possible  recruits are often turned off to the hours of police work…including midnight shifts…and time away from families.

 

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