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Gov. DeSantis offers $5K in bonuses for law enforcement to relocate to Fla. amid COVID-19 vaccination mandates

Randy Mancini 143 October 25, 2021
FILE - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the opening of a monoclonal antibody site Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 said he will call state lawmakers back to work early to pass legislation to combat coronavirus vaccine mandates enacted by businesses. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the opening of a monoclonal antibody site Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, in Pembroke Pines, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) is offering $5,ooo to any out-of-state law enforcement officers joining police departments in Florida for the first time.

In a recent interview, DeSantis stated that the Sunshine State is welcoming unvaccinated police officers to the state as several other states across the nation have imposed COVID vaccine mandates. He went on to tell out-of-state officers, “NYPD, Minneapolis, Seattle, if you’re not being treated well, we’ll treat you better here.”

“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,” said DeSantis.

Let it be clear, in Florida your right to earn a living is not contingent on whatever choice you make concerning the vaccine. pic.twitter.com/oznBMYHjjX

— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) October 22, 2021

The Republican governor initially proposed the idea back in May, but has recently ramped up efforts now that more and more police have been either fired or have resigned due to the mandates.

This comes after DeSantis called for a special legislative session last week to add more “protections” for Floridians from federal vaccine mandates.

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