DeSantis Welcomes Disheartened Police to Florida: 'We'll Stand by Law Enforcement'
'No one wants to work where they’re not supported'
Republican Governor Ron DeSantis told discouraged police officers from other states they are welcome to come to Florida.
Gov. DeSantis said his state has a much healthier work culture for police, unlike Democrat-run cities with an anti-police sentiment.
During a speech at Green Cove Springs, DeSantis said:
“If you have a chance to do law enforcement in Florida versus some of these other jurisdictions, you’re much better off in Florida because we’ll actually stand by law enforcement."
He then noted the “weak policies where you’re letting people out” and not “prosecuting people who are committing habitual offenses."
Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said he had received inquiries about openings across the U.S, according to WBBH-TV.
“Other officers in New York and different places ask if we have any openings. They want to transfer down,” Marceno told the outlet.
“No one wants to work where they’re not supported,” he said.
“We have some vacancies, but we’re not looking to just fill a vacancy. We’re looking for the right people, and we’re not going to lower the bar,” Marceno added.
Cape Coral in Florida has been inundated by police seeking employment with its police department, WBBH reported.
“We have a waiting list of people we’re vetting, and our hiring is constant. We’re always looking for job applications,” Corp. Phil Mullen of the Cape Coral Police Department said.
But despite Cape Coral being the highest-paying police department, its starting annual salaries start at only $40,000 for trainees and $56,000 for experienced police.
“No one is going to get rich being a law enforcement officer, but that is not why we do it,” Mullen said.
DeSantis said Florida has “some stuff to increase" police pay, and "obviously, you have on the municipal and county level as well,” according to WBBH.
In may, DeSantis announced he was giving every first responder a $1,000 bonus.
The bonuses went out to law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians (EMTs).
Florida remains a pro-police state despite main Democrat-run cities seeing soaring crime rates amid their anti-police sentiment.
In April, DeSantis signed the "anti-riot" bill into law in response to riots across the nation.
The legislation would impose harder criminal penalties on looters and violent rioters.
In a 23-17 vote, Florida’s Senate approved HB 1.