Residency requirements

This article provides an interesting analysis of police employment residency requirements. Among the 75 largest U.S. cities, those police departments with residency requirements are less likely to mirror the racial and ethnic composition of their constituents, a finding that is contrary to one of the usual arguments offered in favor of such restrictions.

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2 Responses to “Residency requirements”

  1. Gunther Says:

    One of the problem is the high cost of living in places like San Francisco and New York City which is why cops have to live in other areas.. Cities, counties, and states need to put pressure on the business community and/or pass laws to make it more affordable for people to live in the cities whether they want to live in homes or apartments. The rent or house payment takes up too much of a person’s net income especially since wages have been stagnent fro the last 34 years. You also need reliable public transportation that operates 24 hours a days, seven days a week so people are not so press to get to work, go home, and get them out of their cars

  2. Gunther Says:

    Another problem with residency requirements is that even if the cops could live in the places where they work, they are only going to live in nice neighorhoods and avoid living in the bad areas which means that they only time they will see people in the bad areas is when they respond to 911 calls and are unable to connect with the good people in those bad areas since they don’t live in those areas.

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