(USA Features) Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appealed to police officers in jurisdictions around the country who feel unsupported or targeted by their leaders to come to his state to work because they’ll be treated better.
“If you have a chance to do law enforcement in Florida versus some of these other jurisdictions, you’re much better off in Florida because we’ll actually stand by law enforcement,” the GOP governor said in a speech at Green Cove Springs, Florida Politics reported.
The popular governor went on to cite “weak policies where you’re letting people out” and not “prosecuting people who are committing habitual offenses,” as among the factors fueling “huge spikes in crime in many parts of the country.”
“They understand they’re going to be supported much more resolutely than what they do,” he said.
“Make no mistake: The reason that you have such huge spikes in crime in many parts of the country is because of not standing up for law enforcement, having weak policies where you’re letting people out, and you’re not prosecuting people who are committing habitual offenses,” DeSantis added.
“That is clearly causing disastrous consequences.”
Meanwhile, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno told WBBH-TV that police officers from places like New York City have inquired about transferring to his department.
“Other officers in New York and different places ask if we have any openings. They want to transfer down,” he said.
“No one wants to work where they’re not supported,” he continued, noting that his department nonetheless will maintain its standards.
“We have some vacancies but we’re not looking to just fill a vacancy. We’re looking for the right people and we’re not going to lower the bar,” Marceno added.
WBBH noted that southwest Florida’s biggest city, Cape Coral, has also been inundated with requests from police around the country.
“We have a waiting list of people we’re vetting and our hiring is constant. We’re always looking for job applications,” Corp. Phil Mullen, a spokesman for the department, said.
All told, however, DeSantis acknowledged that pay “is not great” for police in Florida.
But he said his state has done “some stuff to increase that, and obviously, you have on the municipal and county level as well.”