Houston Matters

Should Police, Teachers and Others Be Paid More to Live in the Areas They Serve?

Recently, the Houston City Council contemplated whether to pay police officers more money to live in the city and closer to the communities they serve. Council members shelved the topic after struggling to find common ground. It’s not a new concept, and not unique to law enforcement. Some propose it’s beneficial for educators to live where […]

Recently, the Houston City Council contemplated whether to pay police officers more money to live in the city and closer to the communities they serve. Council members shelved the topic after struggling to find common ground. It’s not a new concept, and not unique to law enforcement. Some propose it’s beneficial for educators to live where they work as well.

We discuss the pros and cons of living in the community you serve, as we talk with UH-Clear Lake criminologist Everette Penn, UH sociologist Luis Salinas, and Andy Dewey from the Houston Federation of Teachers.

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