I have applied to a few police departments outside my area of residence. I am thinking of applying to yet another one. However, the website for the department that I was looking to apply states that preference is given to residents of that particular municipality. Since there is an application fee as well as a fee to pay for the physical exam, and I would have to bug my doctor fill out yet another medical waiver form, I am wondering if it's even worth applying if my chances are already less than average for not being a resident?

Anyone have any insight on this matter? Do local agencies generally prefer to hire local residents?

Thank you.