Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) plans to offer law enforcement officers a strong incentive to relocate to the Sunshine State if they face being terminated for not complying with COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
What are the details?
Police departments nationwide, already suffering from depleted resources made worse by anti-police sentiment last year, face losing large swaths of their uniformed employees if COVID-19 vaccine mandates enacted by bureaucrats are enforced against officers.
Chicago, for example, could lose thousands of police officers who are defying vaccine mandates. Other agencies, however, like the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, are not enforcing vaccine mandates to prevent mass termination of much-needed police officers.
What did DeSantis say?
Speaking on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” DeSantis slammed government officials who want to fire health care workers and law enforcement officials for not getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
“These people we’ve been hailing as heroes, the nurses we’ve said have been heroes, this whole time they’ve been working day in and day out,” DeSantis said. “They couldn’t do their job on Zoom, they had to be there and they did it, and they did it with honor and integrity.”
Later in the interview, DeSantis not only vowed to legislatively prevent such terminations, but announced plans to offer an incentive for police officers to relocate to Florida over COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
“In Florida, not only are we going to want to protect the law enforcement and all the jobs, we are actively working to recruit out-of-state law enforcement because we do have needs in our police and sheriff’s departments,” DeSantis explained.
“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 promised.
“If you’re not being treated well, we’ll treat you better here,” the governor vowed.