Police, firefighters challenge residency rules; 'Recruitment and retention nightmare'

Kevin Johnson
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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.

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