If you're aware of the vaccine situation in America, several states have implemented mandates requiring government employees to be vaccinated or they will lose their jobs.
Recently, this resulted in officers in Ney York City, Seattle and other cities quitting their jobs instead of getting vaccinated.
Never one to miss out on an opportunity to come across well with followers of former President Trump's base, DeSantis is considering offering these officers a monetary reward to move to Florida and enter the police force in the state.
Here's what he had to say about his plans:
“We do have needs in our police and our sheriff’s departments,” DeSantis 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. NYPD [New York], Minneapolis, Seattle, 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.”
DeSantis is popular with Republican supporters due to his fierce criticism of restrictions during the pandemic and his close attachment to the ideas and followers of Trump.
Although this could affect his plans to get elected in the gubernatorial election next year, he figures it will play well with the base he needs to turn out to be reelected. He may also have one eye on the White House in 2024, where he could challenge Trump for the Republican nomination.
Videos of police officers handing in their kit in protest at the mandates have gone viral in recent weeks and DeSantis aims to capitalise on this. He had more to say on the matter:
“We’ve been able to fight back very effectively against mandates imposed by for example local governments against police, fire. They’ve been working day in and day out, they couldn’t do their job on Zoom, they had to be there, and they did it and they did it with honor and integrity. Now, you have people that want to kick them out of their job over this shot, which is basically a personal decision. 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.”
Questions should be raised about DeSantis' decision to offer a financial incentive to these officers. If they have refused a government mandate to take a simple vaccination that protects them and the community, which is essentially their job, should they be in law enforcement?
Should the Florida government fund the recruit of these officers? Would that money not be better spent elsewhere? These are all questions DeSantis will face if he decides to follow through with this measure.
What are your thoughts on DeSanti's hiring police officers who refused to take the vaccination? Is it a good idea or a bad one? Let me know in the comments below.