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City residency rules proposed for cops

City residency rules proposed for cops

Originally published: December 11, 2011 9:34 PM
Updated: December 11, 2011 10:05 PM

Several elected officials from Brooklyn are calling for a law requiring NYPD officers to live within the five boroughs of New York City.

The elected leaders, including Assemb. Hakeem Jeffries and U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-Brooklyn), say they are outraged by reports that police officers posted offensive remarks on a Facebook page about patrol duty at the annual West Indian Day Parade.

Jeffries said yesterday that officers would be more likely to respect New York City’s racial and cultural diversity if they were required to live in the city. He said several other U.S. cities have police residency rules. Jeffries said he will introduce an NYPD residency requirement in the State Legislature.

Police union president Patrick Lynch says he’ll oppose any such move.

NYPD officers now must live in the city or in one of six surrounding counties. — AP