Springfield Police are not required to live in city limits
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) —
Arbitrators recently ruled in favor of the police union when it comes to residency requirements.
Springfield cops are not required to live within city limits.
A final arbitrator's decision sided with the police union instead of the city.
The conversation started a year and a half ago when City Council voted to require city employees to live in Springfield.
Arbitrators decided the city's argument for police in-city was not strong enough.
"We have officers who live in Springfield,” said Mayor Jim Langfelder. “And they use take-home cars that’s what’s nice because the reason we have that is people see the cars rolling around through Springfield even if they're off duty it looks like you have a greater police protection."
While the rule said officers don't need to live within city limits, the exceptions include the Chief and any officer with a take-home cop car.
Arbitrators said the city and the police union can discuss and come back with a new argument for negotiations next spring.
Officers have never been required to live within city limits.