Five Mayoral Contenders Say They Want NYPD Officers To Live In NYC. Would That Change Anything?


5 mayoral candidates—Shaun Donovan, Kathryn Garcia, Andrew Yang, Carlos Menchaca, and Ray McGuire—now say they assist a change in state legislation to require NYPD officers to dwell in New York Metropolis.

Donovan was the newest candidate to publicly voice assist for the change at a debate Sunday evening.

“Why is [the NYPD] the one company in metropolis authorities that doesn’t have a requirement to dwell in our communities?” he requested. “If there’s any subject on this metropolis, the place ensuring people perceive the communities they’re policing and construct relationships, it’s there. I’d change and ensure there was a residency requirement.”

Most metropolis workers are required to dwell in New York Metropolis for not less than the primary two years of their employment. However NYPD officers, like correction officers and firefighters, are exempt from that rule, and should dwell in one of many surrounding areas of Nassau, Westchester, Suffolk, Orange, Rockland or Putnam counties.

Andrew Yang voiced assist for a residency requirement for NYPD officers on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer present final week. Garcia included the proposal when launching her marketing campaign final 12 months as one of many methods she would reform the NYPD. A spokesman for Carlos Menchaca’s marketing campaign mentioned he additionally helps residency necessities however thinks recruitment also needs to higher mirror town alongside racial and gender traces. A spokesperson for Ray McGuire mentioned he helps residency necessities for incoming law enforcement officials.

The one candidate who was an NYPD officer, Eric Adams, beforehand supported the proposal however now prefers encouraging officers to dwell within the 5 boroughs, in line with a marketing campaign spokesman. A spokesperson for Scott Stringer mentioned he was contemplating a residency requirement. Maya Wiley’s marketing campaign didn’t return a request for remark.

Joo-Hyun Kang, the director of the advocacy group Communities United for Police Reform, known as the concept a “beauty tweak,” declaring many law enforcement officials already dwell in areas like South Brooklyn, the Rockaway Peninsula, and Staten Island.

“There’s ways in which the residency requirement has emotional attraction for individuals, however there’s actually no analysis that exhibits that [it] improves the protection of communities or reduces police violence,” she mentioned. “Town of Chicago has a residency requirement for the reason that early 1900s and so they’re recognized [to be] notoriously violent, together with police torture.”

It’s maybe one of many solely points the place police union representatives and prison justice reformers see eye to eye.

“We are able to’t speak about altering the NYPD residency necessities with out speaking about law enforcement officials’ pay,” mentioned Pat Lynch, the president of the Police Benevolent Affiliation, who mentioned NYPD officers earn $42,000 beginning off, in comparison with state troopers who earn $57,000. “Requiring them to dwell within the metropolis and shoulder its sky-high price of dwelling on a below-market wage will damage NYPD recruitment efforts, not enhance them.”

However many different metropolis workers dwell inside the confines of the 5 boroughs and make considerably lower than law enforcement officials.

Barely greater than half of the NYPD’s uniformed officers reside outdoors of town, Gothamist reported final summer season, or about 18,300 officers. That’s a decrease share than in 2016, when about 58 p.c of officers lived inside the 5 boroughs.