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Connections: Should police live in the cities they serve?

Most police officers do not live in the cities they serve. That's not necessarily the case in smaller towns, but it's true in cities like Rochester and most larger cities. Is there a harm in allowing police officers to live outside the city they serve?

Now, with the national focus on improving policing, there is growing momentum for new requirements on where police live. What are the benefits to this change? Is it fair? Our guests discuss it:

  • Simeon Banister, vice president of community programs at the Rochester Area Community Foundation
  • Danielle Ponder, diversity and inclusion officer for the Monroe County Public Defender's Office
  • Kellie McNair, co-lead of the Pathstone Foundation's antiracism curriculum project
  • Shane Wiegand, co-lead of the Pathstone Foundation's antiracism curriculum project

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.