Gov. DeSantis triumphant at Fla Sheriffs assoc ‘so glad to live in a free state’

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis told Florida’s sheriffs that the Sunshine State is a source of inspiration for officers nationwide.

The Florida Governor addressed the state’s sheriffs and supporters on Tuesday during the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) Banquet. DeSantis told attendees at the event that some communities are reversing course and returning to new and improved public safety policies after “destructive” policies in other states and communities.

“As long as I’m Governor, we’ll be standing with the folks who wear the uniform, we understand that public safety is paramount, and we truly believe that the folks who are working for our sheriff’s departments and our police departments really are serving in a noble profession,” DeSantis said.

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The event comes after DeSantis has branded himself as Florida’s “law and order” gubernatorial candidate for 2022 after signing the anti-riot law and legislation to crack down on organized retail theft and criminal drug activity.

During the event, DeSantis emphasized the importance of a secure and safe Florida, criticizing the governing of nearby states that have enticed thousands to move to Florida.

“Feeling safe and law and order has been a huge thing that Florida has distinguished itself versus a lot of these other states; it’s not just the states you would think of, blue versus red,” DeSantis said. “You know, we have people moving from Buckhead in Atlanta to Florida in numbers we’ve never seen before because the crime is just absolutely off the rails there.”

DeSantis went on to criticize the District Attorney, who was recalled in San Fransisco for his stance on crime.

“We believe in enforcing the law across the board, and if you don’t like the law, then go run for office, the Legislature, and try to change the law,” DeSantis said. “But you don’t take it upon yourself as a prosecutor to just simply ignore the law.”

Governor DeSantis has also approved $1,000 bonuses for first responders, including law enforcement officials, for the second straight year. DeSantis then touted the Hometown Heroes program, which helps qualifying law enforcement officers in Florida afford a home in their community.

The event drew support from South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, who also spoke to the sheriffs during the conference. While expressing his support and passion for public safety, Scott emphasized the importance of having a communal relationship with law enforcement.  “I do believe that your interaction with the law enforcement do somehow frame the World that you’re gonna live in,” Scott said.

59 out of Florida’s 67 sheriffs have decided to endorse Governor Ron DeSantis in his bid for his second term.

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