The City of St. Louis will waive the residency requirement for up to 50 new police recruits starting later this year in order to supplement the normal hiring process.
Beginning December 1, the Civil Service Commission will issue waivers to qualified new recruits living outside the City limits.
The Commission approved the change Thursday at Mayor Lyda Krewson’s request.
Krewson called the move essential to reducing violent crime.
“Public Safety is my number one priority. We have been running two Police Academy classes at a time, we started a cadet program, we have advertised, but we are still down between 130 to 150 officers on any given day,” Krewson said. “This is an issue of public safety. Waiving the residency requirement will help us broaden our recruiting efforts.”
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