Lakeland, Florida — New Florida law enforcement officers may eventually receive a $ 5,000 contract.
Governor Ron DeSantis, who spoke at Lakeland on Tuesday, announced a drastic proposal to recruit and retain law enforcement officers in Sunshine.
Part of the plan includes a $ 5,000 contract for law enforcement officers unfamiliar with Florida (including those who have recently taken up employment) and veteran officers in other states moving here.
“In the first place, I think it’s a good way to get talent out of our state and get a job,” said DeSantis. “But I think it’s also a way to take advantage of some of the unsupported people they need, and what you know, you’ll be supported in Florida.”
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Law Enforcement Signing Bonus
Under this proposal, Florida will cover the cost of the state officer certification exam and the up to $ 1,000 training program required for out-of-state officers.
DeSantis said the goal is not only to hire more law enforcement professionals in Sunshine, but also to boost the morale of this increasingly difficult and confusing profession.
“This is where there are people who have chosen this profession and have the opportunity to come to communities, cities, counties and Florida knowing they will be grateful,” said DeSantis.
The Governor has urged the Florida State Capitol to adopt a financial plan during next year’s legislative session, which is scheduled to run from January 11th to March 11th.
“We will be behind law enforcement agencies,” said Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody. “Your profession is celebrated as a noble profession. We make sure you have the tools and resources you need to do your job and do them well.”
Earlier this year, Florida showed significant support by offering a $ 1,000 bonus to all sworn law enforcement officers, firefighters, and first responders in the state.
“We basically have a safe community, and if we don’t support people in uniforms, we don’t have a safe community,” says DeSantis.