Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Poll: Should Memphis Hire Cops Who Live Out of Town?

Posted By on Wed, Apr 2, 2008 at 4:00 AM

"Everybody is talking about the Tigers. If Coach Cal could only recruit in Memphis … I don't think we’d be in the Final Four right now."

-- City Councilman Shea Flinn.

On Tuesday, members of the City Council's public safety committee discussed recruiting additional Memphis Police Department officers. In addition to offering signing bonuses and a better pension plan, the council is considering relaxing the residency requirement for officers.

In 2004, the council said that all municipal employees must live inside the city of Memphis. Last spring, in an effort to increase the number of law enforcement personnel, the council amended that to allow police officers to live in Shelby County. The council is now talking about allowing officers to live outside Shelby County.

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