“Since most jurisdictions cannot pay police officers what they deserve, providing free homes to them would be a substantial supplement to their salaries and a good tool for recruitment and retention.”
On its face, this isn't an awful idea. There are indeed a lot of empty, foreclosed homes, and Pitts is correct that jurisdictions can't afford to pay officers good salaries. The problem, of course, is that the same funding problem that affects salaries will affect Pitts program. How, exactly, is Pitts proposing to pay for these homes, which are typically owned by banks?
Take it one step further. Suppose you could get the money to buy these homes. Wouldn't it make more sense to just give the cops a raise, or better health care? If I were a cop, I'd rather just get a raise to spend on what I want, instead of committing to 15 years on the force and having to move into a vacant (and likely dilapitated) home. The average American moves something like every five or six years. Why would we expect a cop to stick it out for 15 years in one place? I don't see it as much incentive.