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Jun 30, 2015 | 11157 views | 0 0 comments | 390 390 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to hire 1,300 more cops. Great news, but it can be even better.

Our mayor wants the NYPD "to reflect every element of our city." The best way to do that is by recruiting only those applicants who live in New York City.

Critics blasted former commissioner Ray Kelly for hiring more out-of-town residents than New Yorkers for police work. But only folks who live here can fully reflect New York City's diversity. They know our streets better than anyone else.

Starting with the next Police Academy class, all NYPD personnel must be required to live here. The same goes for all newly hired firefighters, sanitation workers, correction officers and civilian staffers.

If you want our city to be your employer, it must also be your home; out-of-towners need not apply.

Sincerely,

Richard Reif

Flushing

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