Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is offering a $5,000 prize to disgruntled law enforcement officers who relocate to the state.
Some states in the United States have compelled law enforcement officers and health-care personnel to get vaccinated or risk losing their jobs, resulting in a substantial number of police officers leaving.
DeSantis stated on Tuesday, October 26 that his offer had nothing to do with the vaccine mandates that numerous cities and states are imposing on state employees. He did add, though, that he “does not believe police officers should be fired for rounds fired.”
“Anyone who arrives will be able to use it,” DeSantis stated during an economic event in North Venice. “If people think it’s a vaccine problem, it isn’t. That hasn’t got anything to do with it.”
DeSantis argued that his proposed legislation considers the emotions of many police personnel.
“Anyone who is being mistreated, if morale is low, if you can’t handle that atmosphere — and we have vacancies here — you will get an environment where people will support you,” DeSantis added.
The Florida governor went on to say that the state is trying to gain a leg up on cities like New York and San Francisco, which are grappling with increased crime and shrinking police budgets.
“We’re hoping to take advantage of a number of communities around our county that have turned their backs on police enforcement and aren’t providing them with the assistance they need,” he added.