Board of Police Commissioners approve updated residency rule
The KC Board of Police Commissioners voted to approve the change to the police residency policy during its monthly meeting.
The approved change allows officers, police workers, and reserve workers to live within 30 miles of KC city limits in the state of Missouri. The Board will continue to discuss the bounds officers have when it comes to living in the Kansas side of KC.
Previous legislation had required KC police officers to live within city limits or move to KC within one year of starting at the police academy.
Commissioners hope that the new policy will encourage more people to join the police force, seeing as they now get a choice in what neighborhoods they get to live and raise children in.
Mayor Quinton Lucas is also set to introduce incentives that would encourage police officers to live in some of KC’s most distressed neighborhoods. A resolution would have the department identify money in the operating budget that would fund salary increases for those officers. The measure would also identify which city officers currently live.