DeSantis Talks Recruiting Out-Of-State Police Amid Firings Over Vaccine Mandates: ‘We’ll Treat You Better’

Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Sunday his state of Florida is interested in recruiting police officers who have been axed from their out-of-state departments over their refusal to get a COVID-19 vaccine, among other issues.

In an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, the Republican governor talked about how officers from out-state departments could lose their jobs due to the mandates, saying he hopes to sign a bill that will help bring them to his state.

“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 sheriffs’ departments,” the governor said.

“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. So, NYPD, Minneapolis, Seattle — if you’re not being treated well, we’ll treat you better here. You can fill important needs for us, and we’ll compensate you as a result,” he added.

He went on to say that he views President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for private employers with more than 100 workers as “unconstitutional” and vowed to fight it in court to protect Floridians’ jobs.

“What Biden’s doing is unconstitutional; he does not have the authority to do this, but what it will do on a practical level — in addition to being unconstitutional, in addition to taking away people’s personal choices — is it will wreak havoc in the economy because even if a small percentage of these folks end up losing their jobs or voluntarily walking away, you’re gonna have huge disruptions in medical, in logistics, in law enforcement,” DeSantis said.

“And so in Florida, our policy is very clear: we’re gonna have a special session and we’re gonna say, nobody should lose their job based off these injections. It’s a choice you can make, but we want to make sure we’re protecting your jobs and your livelihoods,” he added.

Bartiromo said in response:

Yeah. Not only that, but in a situation where there’s crime spiking across the country, the president of the police union in Chicago is estimating that 3,200 Chicago police are defying the vaccine, and they will be off the job, that means off the streets. What is that doing to the American people and their feeling of safety? It’s very concerning. Your thoughts on where this is going? I mean, is he just trying to insist that this is a law so that companies follow before it can actually be, you know, [adjudicated] and confirmed to be unconstitutional?

“Well, first, I think it’s [fair] to point out 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 on a lot of this, that they have already had it and recovered,” the governor said.

“And so, they’re making no accommodations for that; they’re still pretending like that doesn’t even exist. And so that’s really, really troubling when you see that, but I can tell you, Maria, 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 sheriffs’ departments,” he added.

“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. So, NYPD, Minneapolis, Seattle — if you’re not being treated well, we’ll treat you better here. You can fill important needs for us, and we’ll compensate you as a result.”