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Boston Considering 3-year Residency Requirement for Police and Fire Applicants

May 01, 2014  | 

A Boston lawmaker is pushing a measure that would require applicants for Boston fire and police jobs to have lived in the city for at least three years, a mandate designed to cut down on newcomers snaring coveted positions.

Councilor at Large Michael F. Flaherty told the Boston Globe, "What I am looking to do is to extend that one-year residency requirement . . . to three years, so that the incentive is there and continues to be there for city residents."

Under current rules, job-seekers hoping for a spot with the police or fire department are required to have been residents for only one year.

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EODK9Trainer @ 5/1/2014 3:06 PM

Not a chance in hell. I love the city of Boston but could never afford to live there. Good luck getting quality applicants.

KevCopAz @ 5/3/2014 4:35 PM

I agree with EODK9, Most departments don't have any requirement to apply. I came from Chicago to Phx. Az (as did my brother) and spent 33 years with the agency. I think they got their money out of us! I would say 1/3 to 1/2 of our Officers in those days were from out of state. An agency gets to choose from a nation wide pool rather then the small local pool. This is just an attempt by a "back east" politician trying to maintain jobs for votes. The same thing went on in Chicago. This way they reward locals and get credit rather then getting the best applicants.

Ima Leprechaun @ 5/6/2014 10:20 PM

My agency is located in one of the richest most expensive cities in America. The residents paid more in monthly property tax than I used to make in a year. We had the 20 mile as the crow flies standard which allowed an officer to live close enough for emergency call in but in an area they could afford. My state law required the Chief of Police to live within the jurisdiction where he was Chief but in some cases even they could get a release from the requirement by the City Manager.

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