(Portland, OR) -- It's been a violent few days in the Rose City with multiple shootings, four homicides, a fatal crash, and an officer-involved fatal shooting. Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell issued a statement Tuesday saying he knows the community is concerned about the rise in violence, and police are doing their best to investigate the crimes. Lovell says he wants to assure the community police are working hard to make sure Portland remains a vibrant and safe place for everyone.

Mayor Ted Wheeler recently pushed for a program to re-hire dozens of retired officers to address the city's current police shortage. The city is looking to hire about 300 officers over the next three years.

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