Florida made one bold move to back the blue that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will hate

Jul 10, 2024

Ron DeSantis has established Florida as a law-and-order state during his administration.

Now the Sunshine State is stepping up to ensure communities do not go down the path of New York City.

And Florida made one bold move to back the blue that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will hate.

Florida celebrates law enforcement officers who have moved to the state to continue their careers

Law enforcement is under siege in many blue cities and states across the country in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in the summer of 2020.

They have been targeted by the “Defund the Police” movement in cities and laws passed by states that make it harder for them to do their jobs keeping communities safe.

Crime has hit 50-year lows under Florida Governor Ron DeSantis while it climbed in many states around the country.

DeSantis launched a program to recruit law enforcement officers from out of state to relocate to Florida to continue their careers.

The Law Enforcement Recruitment Bonus Program was launched in 2022 to recruit police officers, sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians with bonuses of $5,000 for recruits who move to Florida.

More than 4,000 bonuses have been handed out since the program launched.

Police officers from Illinois, California, New York, and other states have taken advantage of the program to continue their careers in Florida.

Florida Attorney Ashley Moody (R) celebrated out-of-state law enforcement officers relocating to Florida with a “Thin Line Tribute: Sunshine Salute.”

“Florida is the most pro-law enforcement state in the nation because we back our blue,” Moody said.

She traveled to the Sarasota Police Department to meet with officers who joined the force from Georgia, Illinois, New Mexico, New York, Maine, and Massachusetts.

The officers shared the stories about why they moved to Florida to continue their law enforcement careers.

“We’ve been spreading the word about all the great incentives to join our ranks, and individuals like the new Sarasota recruits have answered the call—leaving behind places where their service was not as appreciated as it is here,” Moody said. “Hearing their stories, why they made the bold decision to move to our state, I am as inspired as ever to continue doing all we can to show our support to those who bravely protect and serve.”

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New Sarasota Police Officer Andrew Capozzi left New York because “protecting and serving in New York became increasingly difficult over the past several years, as some leaders turned their backs on law enforcement and flawed criminal justice policies allowed many defendants back out on the street within hours of being arrested.”

Other officers who joined the Sarasota Police shared similar stories of obstacles from state and local governments.

Sarasota Police Chief Rex Troche said out-of-state recruiting has been a big benefit for his department.

“Officers want to be able to do their job,” Troche said. “There is no better feeling than when you know that you can go out there and be supported in enforcing the law. I’ve talked with officers all around the country and when state attorneys are not assisting them, it makes those officers not want to do their jobs.”

Florida is keeping crime under control by backing the brave men and women of law enforcement.

DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.


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