Governor of Florida,Ron DeSantis Promises To Accommodate Law Enforcement Officers Fired For Vaccine Mandate Violation


Over the past weeks, videos of police and firefighters in Seattle returning their boots as they got laid off for not complying with compelling vaccine mandates popped up on Twitter. In a Sunday interview, Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said he hopes officers and first responders refusing the vaccine move to Florida, where he revealed that the state has “been able to fight back very effectively against mandates imposed by, for example, local governments against police fire.”

“If you’re not being treated well, we’ll treat you better here,” DeSantis told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo. The governor has called for a special legislative session to pass a law challenging Biden’s vaccine mandates.


“On a scientific basis, most of those first responders have had Covid and have recovered,” DeSantis claimed. “So they have strong protection and so I think that influences their decision on a lot of this that they have already had it and recovered.”

“In Florida, not only are we going to want to protect the law enforcement and all the jobs, we’re actually actively working to recruit out-of-state law enforcement because we do have needs in our police and our sheriff’s departments,” the governor said. “So 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.”

“We understand that all the things that we care about … fighting for [our] economy, education — all these things that are so important — if you don’t have safe communities, you don’t have rule of law, law and order — a lot of that stuff isn’t going to matter,” DeSantis said. “So it’s fundamental that we have safe communities, and you don’t have safe communities if you’re not supporting the folks who wear the uniform.”

He added that morale has been low among some police departments amid anti-police sentiment and rising crime in certain areas, and Florida is working to boost confidence by offering incentives for potential officers seeking work.

In Chicago over 3,000 police officers may lose their job for not being vaccinated for the coronavirus even if they have natural immunity to the virus.

You’re right. What Biden’s doing is unconstitutional. He does not have the authority to do this. But what it will do on a practical level, in addition to it being unconstitutional, in addition to taking away people’s personal choices, is it will wreak havoc in the economy. Because even if a small percentage of these folks end up losing their jobs or voluntarily walking away. You’re going to have huge disruptions… In Florida, our policy is very clear. We’re going to have a special session and say nobody should lose their job based off these injections. It’s a choice you should make but we want to make sure we’re protecting your jobs and your livelihoods… 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 who relocates to Florida.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, the wife of a law enforcement officer also called Florida the most “pro-law enforcement” state in the country and criticized last year’s calls to defund police departments as “idiotic” and “criminal” during Tuesday’s press conference.

“We need to make sure they have financial incentive to look upon law enforcement as a profession that they can [have to] provide for their family,” Moody said.

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