Fla. governor offers $5K bonuses to out-of-state cops who relocate

DeSantis said his state is seeking to gain the upper hand on cities with rising crime and shrinking budgets


By Brandon Sapienza
New York Daily News

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is trying to entice disgruntled law enforcement officers to move to the Sunshine State with a generous bonus of $5,000.

DeSantis also said that his offer was unrelated to vaccine mandates that many cities and states are implementing on state workers. However, he added that he does not “think police officers should be fired for shots.”

Fla. Governor Ron DeSantis
Fla. Governor Ron DeSantis (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

“It will be available to anyone who comes,” DeSantis said at an economic event in North Venice. “If people are saying it’s a vaccine issue, it’s not. It has nothing do with that.”

DeSantis claimed that his proposed legislation takes into account the feelings that many police officers have, according to CNN.

“We are 100% excited about saying anyone that’s being mistreated, if the morale is low, if you can’t take that environment — and we have openings here — you are going to get an environment where people are going to support you,” DeSantis said.

The Florida governor went on to say that his state is seeking to gain the upper hand on cities like New York and San Francisco and their rising crime and decreasing police budgets.

“We are looking to capitalize off a lot of communities across our county who have turned their back on law enforcement, who aren’t providing them the support,” he continued.

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