While Blue states may be firing cops for refusing to get the COVID jab, Florida is taking a different approach. Trained and experienced cops in New York City and other places are currently making the news for standing strong against vaccine mandates — and getting fired as a result. But Florida governor Ron DeSantis may pay unvaccinated cops $5,000 to relocate to Florida.
On Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” DeSantis announced that he is “actively working” on legislation that would pay bonuses to cops who have been discriminated against because of their vaccination status if they choose to relocate to his state.
“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. 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,” DeSantis told host Maria Bartiromo, assuring cops facing discrimination that they will be appreciated in Florida:
“So, NYPD, Minneapolis, Seattle, if you’re not being treated well, we will treat you better here. You can fill important needs for us, and we will compensate you as a result,” he added.
The governor’s comments come amid his escalating conflict with the Biden administration over its impending vaccine mandate, which will require businesses with 100 or more workers to require vaccines or weekly COVID-19 testing.
DeSantis says that the bonuses will be offered to both vaccinated and unvaccinated police who relocate, but that the focus is on doing right by those who haven’t gotten the jab.
“But vaccinated police officers from anywhere in the country would also be welcome here and eligible for the same bonus. They will not be asked to verify their vaccination status as a condition of hiring or employment here,” DeSantis’ office says. “In other states, police officers who are vaccinated are also considering leaving the force due to other challenges, such as the anti-police rhetoric and political threats of defunding law enforcement in certain parts of the country (these tend to be the same areas terminating first responders over vaccine mandates).”
This is a nice change of pace from more liberal areas, which are telling cops that no matter how well they do their job, they will lose it if they don’t succumb to pressure and get the jab.