DeSantis Offers Plan to Pay Police Officers $5,000 to Relocate to Florida

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to pass legislation to actively recruit law enforcement officers who have been treated poorly with funding cuts and mandates.

DeSantis laid out Florida’s plan to encourage relocation with a $5,000 bonus for out-of-state officers in an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures with Fox News.  

“In Florida, not only are we going to want to protect the law enforcement and all the jobs, we’re actually actively working to recruit out-of-state law enforcement because we do have needs in our police and our sheriffs’ departments,” DeSantis said in the interview. “So, in the next legislative session, I’m going to hopefully sign legislation that gives a $5,000 bonus to any out-of-state law enforcement that relocates in Florida.”

DeSantis’s announcement directly followed Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s order that requires all city employees to report their vaccine status causing 21 officers to be placed on a ‘no-pay status’ for refusing to disclose if they have received the vaccine. 

A memo was sent out from Superintendent David Brown’s office, warning all Chicago officers that they would be terminated if not vaccinated. The message also informed officers that their retirement benefits might be denied if they resign due to the new mandate. 

“This process has been obviously very emotional,” Brown said. “We have given them the time and given them the explanation as best we can on the serious nature of violating the vaccine mandate. We want them to come back,” Brown said.

According to the Chicago SunTimes, only 67.7% of the 12,770 employees in the Chicago Police Department have disclosed their vaccine status.

DeSantis assures that, unlike Chicago, the state of Florida wants to protect law enforcement and personal choices. 

“NYPD, Minneapolis, Seattle — if you’re not being treated well, we’ll treat you better here,” Governor DeSantis said. “You can fill important needs for us, and we’ll compensate you as a result.” 


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