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Should Cops Have to Live Where They Work?

The question of whether police officers should live in the communities they patrol has a long and contentious history.
Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol.
Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol.Reuters/Lucas Jackson

“This is my neighborhood,” said Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol last Sunday. “You are my family, you are my friends, and I am you.”

Johnson was speaking at Greater Grace Church in Ferguson, Missouri, where he had been brought in by the governor last week to lead law enforcement efforts in the wake of the killing of teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.