SPRINGFIELD — If a Springfield police officer lives in your neighborhood, they may be getting paid to live there.
The City of Springfield offers an incentive program for officers to live in certain areas of the city. Our Madison Hever spoke to the city about why this program is in place.
Springfield police officers get a bonus added to their check if they live in north Springfield. That’s where the city is working on community development.
The program is funded by the city’s community development block grant and gives money each month to officers that live in north Springfield. Darla Morrison with the city’s HR department said the program is was not created to have a bigger police presence in these neighborhoods but rather, to get officers and neighbors integrated to create community.
“When you are integrated into your neighborhoods in the community that you serve, you know your neighbors,” Morrison said. “You know about, you know the needs of that neighborhood and people know you. So even though there’s not a take home car associated with that, it’s still an integral part of just their presence in the neighborhood. Statistics show helps deter crime.”
How much money are these officers given to be a part of the program?
$100 are added to their paycheck each month if they are renting and $150 are added if they own their home. The program has been around since 2001, and the city likes to use the incentive for recruitment purposes.