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Off-Duty Baltimore Officer Fatally Shoots Burglar in His Home

An off-duty Baltimore police officer awakened Monday morning by an armed burglar inside his city home wrestled a gun from the man and fatally shot him with it, according to Baltimore Police.

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Philly Officers Fled City After Residency Requirement was Eliminated

More than 1,000 Philadelphia police officers have abandoned city living since the department’s residency rules were softened five years ago — many lured to the suburbs by the prospect of better schools, cleaner streets, and safer neighborhoods.

Court Rules Pittsburgh Officers Can't be Required to Live in City

In an 18-page opinion, the Pennsylvania state Supreme Court on Monday ruled 6-0 in favor of the Fraternal Order of Police Fort Pitt Lodge No. 1, which won an arbitration award in 2014 allowing its approximately 870 officers to live within 25 air-miles of the City-County Building Downtown. Justice Debra Todd did not participate in the decision.

Arbiter Allows Pittsburgh Police to Reside Outside City Limits

For the first time in more than a century, Pittsburgh police officers will not have to live in the city where they work, according to a draft arbitration award announced Thursday.

Pittsburgh Officers Challenge Residency Requirement

An arbitration panel will determine the future of police residency in Pittsburgh, following a Monday hearing where two councilman argued that officers must live within city limits.

Ill. Cop Fired for Living Outside City Limits for 15 Years

The city of Chicago has fired Marvin Ditkowsky, an 87-year-old Department of Aviation police officer at O'Hare Airport, for violating the city's residency ordinance—for the past 15 years.

Atlanta Cops Live Rent Free In Higher-Crime Areas

Atlanta Police officers have been moving into homes in some of the city's higher crime areas to live rent free and protect those neighborhoods.

Relocating To a New City for a Police Career

More and more, recruits are taking on the challenges of being a new officer as well as a new resident. Being the FNG (fabulous new guy) and knowing nothing about the area can be challenging, exciting, and downright stressful. External supports are necessary elements for survival.

First Free Home Goes to Detroit Cop

Detroit Police Officer William Booker-Riggs, a mayoral bodyguard, became the first officer to take advantage of Mayor Dave Bing's ambitious plan to make homeowners of 200 city officers.

How to Handle Residency Requirements

If you're applying to an agency, read the fine print. I mean the really fine print. There are some police agencies that require you to prove you've established residency for up to two years prior to submitting an application. Others require you to move into the jurisdiction within a year of your hire date.