The motivation for altering the residency requirement is to enlarge the pool of people who could be hired by the Hudson Police Department. There will soon be openings on the force as a consequence of officers retiring. Chief Ed Moore told the committee, "It's a competitive market, and you want to get the best officers."
The discussion in the Police Committee concluded with Alderman Henry Haddad (Third Ward), who chairs the committee, saying he would "write up a resolution to change the distance to at least linear miles." It seemed the intention was simply to change 15 road miles to 15 linear miles, but at last night's informal Council meeting, a local law was presented that would amend §C20-3 of the city code to make the residency requirement for police officers "within the City of Hudson or within 20 linear miles of the closest city boundary." (The proposed law says §C20-3 of the charter, but it's actually §C20-3 of the code.) The map below shows a 20-mile radius from Hudson.
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