UTICA, N.Y. – Officers at the Utica Police Department will now be allowed to live outside the city after Mayor Robert Palmieri signed an amendment to the UPD residency requirement Friday.
On May 6, the Utica Common Council voted in favor, 7-2, to amend the law, which required officers at UPD to live within the city. The amendment allows officers to live outside Utica after working for the department for at least five years.
A virtual public hearing was held Thursday regarding changing the residency requirement for city police officers, with four comments submitted. Two were for the change, and two against.
In 2008, residents voted to approve the original law that required officers to live in Utica, and this amendment overturns that decision.