Gov. DeSantis Gives Enticing Offer to Police Officers Affected by Vaccine Mandates

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has made police officers an offer they might not be able to refuse amid the Democrats’ authoritarian push to compel Americans to take the COVID-19 vaccine. He is seeking to offer police officers from other states who do not wish to take the jab $5,000 to relocate to the Sunshine State.

DeSantis recently promised that his administration “will treat you better” than other state governments threatening to fire officers for refused the vaccine. During an appearance with Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures,” the governor said:

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. 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.

DeSantis then addressed officers in cities like Minneapolis, Seattle, New York, and others:

If you’re not being treated well, we will treat you better here. You can fill important needs for us, and we will compensate you as a result.

The governor then explained that he would be calling a special session of the state’s legislature to block vaccine mandates enacted by federal and local governments. He said:

Our policy is very clear. We’re going to have a special session, and we’re going to 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.

Vaccine mandates have led to police shortages in most of America’s major cities. Given that this is occurring amid a skyrocketing crime rate, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see how problematic this could become. Regrettably, the far-leftist authoritarians in charge of these areas do not seem to care.

In places like Chicago, police officers are pushing back against the mandates which went into effect on October 18. However, if DeSantis gets his way, it could provide a way out for at least some officers who are hesitant to get vaxxed.

This is a smart move on DeSantis’ part, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see other Republican governors follow suit. If the left wishes to push for vaccine mandates and other onerous measures, giving people an opportunity and incentive to get out while the getting’s good might finally make some of these blue states start feeling the pain.

Of course, we can’t ignore the fact that this was a shrewd political move. If anyone needed any further proof that DeSantis is positioning himself for a potential bid for the White House, this story should help. It can be assumed that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is pinching himself for not coming up with the idea first.

But political aspirations aside, police and others who are in a position of being compelled to take the shot need a way to avoid acquiescing to the demands of the hard left. While governors like DeSantis can’t give this type of offer to employees working at companies who are following President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate, something is better than nothing as this battle continues to rage.