A year ago, Florida was recruiting people to join the police force. Today, things have not gotten any better.
So, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has attempted to recruit police officers from other states to make the move to Florida. The governor has even had billboards erected in other states such as Illinois.
The billboards in Chicago say according to Fox News:
"Citizenship Matters. Law Enforcement Matters."
“Make the Smart Move to Florida!"
Governor DeSantis made note of a local law that will allow non-citizens to become police officers.
"Florida strongly supports law enforcement and has consistently enacted commonsense criminal justice policies to keep our communities safe."
"We stand behind our citizen officers, and we give them the tools to succeed professionally and personally. Other states deputize noncitizens, enact policies that favor criminals over victims, and work to overtly or covertly defund the police, but not in Florida. I look forward to welcoming the Illinois men and women in blue to the law-and-order state."
Last year, ABC 4 News reported the National Police Association spokesperson Sergeant Betsy Smith said:
"We are in a recruitment and retention crisis in American law enforcement around the nation."
Florida as well as other states are facing a crisis as police retention is low. Police officers are changing jobs and some are looking for better pay.
Earlier this year, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson was recruiting police officers in Austin to come to his city according to CBS Texas.
Do you think Governor DeSantis's request for police officers to come to Florida will work?