In recent years, several cities have implemented housing incentive programs to encourage police officers to live in the communities they serve. These communities hope that through these programs they can decrease crime, increase citizens' feeling of safety in their neighborhoods, and help officers feel more connected to the areas they serve.
The City Council asked the city manager's office staff to research the types of incentives other cities have implemented and their impact. This presentation highlights 5 different incentive programs with the following findings:
- There are very few cities offering these incentives, with most cities running the programs themselves. Two of the cities studied partner with community organizations to administer the programs.
- Most incentives come in the form of forgivable loans. These loan amounts range from $10,000 to $30,000 over a 5-10 year period.
- All of these programs are funded differently: some of the programs utilize the City's general fund, while others rely on funds from outside organizations.
- The impact of these programs is hard to measure, as most were started within the last few years.