On Sept. 7, 1982, I was appointed to the Metropolitan Police Department. I served proudly for more than three years until my resignation on Sept. 14, 1985.

I had to resign because of the residency requirement, which I could not fulfill. I was married on Sept. 1, 1985. My husband owns a home in Arlington. Although we tried to find housing in Washington with the help of a Realtor, we were not able to find affordable housing commensurate with our present standards.

As a result, I was forced to resign from a profession that I sincerely loved. I was just getting to a level where I felt I was proficient and knowledgeable in my work. Probationary year and training were over. I felt that I had a chance to serve my community to the utmost. I had the self-confidence and experience to assert the authority with which I was entrusted. . . .

After the Metropolitan Police Department had invested innumerable hours in training and preparing me for a long career, I was forced to resign simply because my husband and I could not afford to live in a safe, comfortable area in Washington.

Ironically, while I lived in the Naylor Gardens Complex in Southeast Washington, I was eight miles from Traffic Division. From my home in Arlington, I would have been only 7.4 miles. . . .