Well, Well, Well - Residency
- WASHINGTON - Police and firefighters across the nation are leading legal and legislative campaigns against rules that require them and other municipal employees to live in the cities where they work.
Residency requirements for public safety workers have been around for decades, and have long been viewed as an effective way to help make communities safe and economically stable. However, there is growing concern that residency laws make it too difficult for urban public safety agencies - particularly police departments - to recruit and retain officers.
In Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Louisiana and elsewhere, residency laws are under assault by critics who say patrol cops and their families sometimes face a difficult choice: Live in high-income neighborhoods they can't afford or in low-income areas that can be home to poor schools.
Residency has outlived it's usefulness - as quoted in the article, these aren't the days of horses and buggies. If you can afford the cost of gas and you can tolerate the commute, there is no reason you can't live within 30 miles of the city and send your kids to better schools that what the City provides. Who knows? Maybe this would provide the impetus to finally have meaningful reform at a number of levels.