PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- It's not everyday you see Portland's police chief patrolling the streets. But Mike Reese has been on patrol for three days.
It's a way to show a community presence, but it's also to comply with a recommendation from Mayor Charlie Hales and the City Council to reduce overtime costs.
"We have a lot of officers in our enhanced crisis intervention training," he told KOIN 6 News, "so to lower overtime we've asked command to go out and patrol this week."
The PPB reportedly is nearing the $7.8 million slated for overtime in 2013.
"It's always something we try and manage well. The sad fact is this year we are losing 50 police positions so we're going from a department of 995 positions to 945," Reese said. "That's going to impact our ability to serve people, so it's important that we're as efficient and effective as possible."
Reese began on patrol in 1989 and was promoted to sergeant in 1994. Once a month he still fills in for the Employee of the Month, but this three-day patrol is new. It doesn't mean he leaves his "chief" role at the office.
"I have a lot of emails and paper work I do in the evening, so when I'm done with patrol, I go upstaris and do some work."
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