Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said on Sunday that he is hoping to sign legislation that would give unvaccinated police officers a $5,000 bonus to relocate to his state.
DeSantis commented about police officers in other states who are losing their jobs because they are not complying with the COVID vaccine mandate.
“On a scientific basis, most of those first responders have had COVID and have recovered. So they have strong protection and so I think that influences their decision,” he said during an appearance on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures program.
“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,” he added.
During his appearance, DeSantis called on police officers across the country, including those in New York, Minneapolis and Seattle, to relocate to the Sunshine State if they are not being accommodated at their jobs.
“If you’re not being treated well, we’ll treat you better here, you can feel important needs for us, and we’ll compensate you as a result,” he said.