During a segment of Sunday Morning Futures with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, DeSantis said that Florida is preparing to give outside law enforcement officers a gift to relocate to the state. The suggested offer comes amid a wave of officer dismissals over unwillingness to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
"In Florida, not only are we going to want to protect the law enforcement and all the jobs, we are actively working to recruit out-of-state law enforcement because we do have needs in our police and sheriff's departments," DeSantis said, explaining that he intends to introduce and sign new legislation granting out-of-state police officers a $5,000 bonus to relocate.
"These people we've been hailed as heroes, the nurses we've said have been heroes, this whole time they've been working day in and day out," DeSantis said during the interview. "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."
DeSantis kept on criticizing attempts to remove people from their jobs over opposition to getting vaccinated, claiming it is a "personal decision" for people to decide whether they want to get the jab or not.
"What Biden's doing is unconstitutional; he does not have the authority to do this," he said, explaining that the vaccine mandate will have consequences ranging from economic "havoc" to "disruptions" in the medical, law enforcement, and logistics industries.
On Sept. 9, President Joe Biden gave his six-part initiative to continue to fight the spread of the virus, including programs to make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for healthcare workers whose employers receive funds from the federal government. Businesses with 100 or more workers are required to have their employees get a COVID-19 vaccine or submit it to weekly testing.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown announced on Oct. 19 that 21 Chicago police officers had been put on non-pay status over declining to disclose their vaccination status. Out of the 12,770 employees who work for the Chicago Police Department, almost 67.7% have established their vaccination status in agreement with a city mandate, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
A day before this announcement, the Chicago Police Department sent out a memo telling officers that they could also be at risk of losing their retirement benefits, in addition to losing their jobs, if they refused to get vaccinated.