It's definitely preferable that they live in the communities they serve. I used to be the mayor of Santa Cruz, so I understand that police have difficulty finding housing like everyone else. The city needs to do more to make it available to all types of city employees, so that they can understand the community they're in—being located here.
Santa Cruz | Retired
I think it's a good idea but I don’t think it should be legally enforced. It should be, like, a preference.
Santa Cruz | Teacher/Musician
I think a rule like that might make it hard to get the best person for the job.
Santa Cruz | Acupuncturist
I don’t think it's necessary as long as they have an understanding of the area that they live in. And if they work in that area they'll understand it.
Santa Cruz | Manager
I don’t think that cops should have to live in the same places that they work. I know a lot of cops who don’t, and I feel that they're still able to be engaged in the communities they serve and the communities that they live in, without a lot of conflict of interest or running away from the "problems" that they're having to deal with in the communities that they work in.
Santa Cruz | Bike Sales
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