Florida may soon up the ante in the Republican-controlled states increased efforts to recruit law enforcement officers who lose their jobs because of Covid-19 jab mandates by offering displaced cops a $5,000 relocation bonus.
This is happening after more than 20 US states have imposed some form of jab mandate on their workers.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told Fox News on Sunday that as part of the effort to fight against the unconstitutional vaccine mandates and to fill the need for more officers in his state, he hopes to pass legislation authorizing the hiring bonuses.
DeSantis called previously on Friday a special legislative session to pass bills needed to protect residents from losing their jobs because of jab orders.
Citing vaccine mandates in states like Washington and New York, DeSantis stressed that Florida wants not only to protect the law enforcement and all the jobs, it’s actually actively working to recruit out-of-state police officers since it has needs in the state police and the sheriff’s departments.
He invited, at the same time, law enforcement officers from other US states that are not being treated well due to refusing jab mandates to move to Florida, where they can fill important needs and get compensated.
According to Chicago police union’s estimates, more than 3,000 police officers in the city face possible job loss because of their refusal to get jabbed.
The Washington State Patrol has also fired 127 of its workers after the vaccine mandate imposed by Washington Governor Jay Inslee, one of the strictest in the nation.
DeSantis underscored that after being heroes during the early days of the pandemic, the first responders and medical workers are now also becoming outcasts because the refuse to get a Covid-19 vaccine.
He also argued officers who had recovered from COVID should be exempted from the vaccine mandate due to the natural immunity they developed to the virus.
At the same time, states like Indiana, Arizona and Alaska are already either openly court police officers fired due to their jab refusal or have timed their recruiting pitches with the introduction of vaccine mandates.