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Springfield Police are not required to live in city limits

Officers have never been required to live within city limits. (WRSP)

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.

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