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New law enforcement officers in Florida to get $5,000 bonus

'We want to support you if you make that decision to protect and serve'
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Posted at 2:17 PM, Apr 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-01 16:50:07-04

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a law enforcement bill into law Friday.

DeSantis spoke at the Brevard County Sheriff's Office surrounded by law enforcement officers.

Part of the bill encourages police officers from other states to come to Florida, offering them a $5,000 bonus and provide scholarships to cover tuition, fees and up to $1,000 in expenses for trainees in a law enforcement academy, as well as $1,000 in training costs for officers who relocate to Florida.

New officers must complete training, be hired at a Florida law enforcement agency, and work for at least two years in order to receive the $5,000 bonus.

The law will take effect on July 1.

“We never once backed down from supporting the folks who wear the uniform, who wear the badge, who put themselves at risk to keep us safe,” DeSantis said shortly before signing the bill in Titusville. “We wanted to say that this law enforcement profession is a noble calling and we want to support you if you make that decision to protect and serve.”