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Deputies demand right to live outside county for safety reasons

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(WMC-TV) - Deputies are demanding the right to live outside of Shelby County, because they do not feel safe.

Shelby County sheriff's deputies are required to live in the county to fulfill residency requirements.

The law was established in 1986, but Shelby County Deputy Sheriff's Association President Dan Chapman said it is time to allow deputies to live elsewhere.

"Our families live in the same area that we work as law enforcement officers. It can sometimes add a lot additional stress to the families," said Chapman.

Shelby County deputies said the main reason they want the requirement lifted is for safety of the deputies and their families.

Another reason they said is that residency requirements hurts recruiting, and limits the pool of applicants.

The Shelby County Deputy Sheriff's Association sent a two page letter to the Shelby County Commission and the mayor Tuesday highlighting the concerns and requesting an exemption from residency.

"Our divorce rate is so high, because it is very difficult to relax," said Chapman.

Shelby County leaders have not officially commented, but you can expect the issue to come up again in front of the Shelby County Commission in the near future.

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