Does anyone know if civil service (or any appointing authority) enforces this law? G.L. c. 31 § 58 requires that, within nine (9) months of appointment, civil service police officers reside within ten (10) miles of the perimeter (town line) of the municipality. This distance is measured “as the crow flies” from the officer’s residence to the town line where he/she is employed. ------ No applicant for examination for original appointment to the police force or fire force of a city or town shall be required by rule or otherwise to be a resident of such city or town at the time of filing application for such examination; provided, however, that notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, any person who receives an appointment to the police force or fire force of a city or town shall within nine months after his appointment establish his residence within such city or town or at any other place in the commonwealth that is within ten miles of the perimeter of such city or town.