Florida: Governor Ron DeSantis Awards 4,000th Law Enforcement Recruit Bonus
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ~ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Governor Ron DeSantis addressed the Florida Sheriff's Association (FSA) Winter Conference today, where he announced the presentation of the 4,000th bonus through the Law Enforcement Recruitment Bonus Program. This program aims to attract new recruits to join the law enforcement profession in Florida and also encourages experienced officers from other states to relocate.

Since its inception, the program has successfully brought in recruits from every state and two U.S. Territories, with over 340 officers coming from states such as Illinois, California, and New York. Each of these 4,000 officers has received a $5,000 bonus after taxes, totaling over $27 million awarded through the program.

Governor DeSantis expressed his pride in awarding this milestone bonus check to newly recruited officers who have chosen to bring their skills and talents to Florida. He emphasized the importance of supporting law enforcement agencies with necessary funding and resources during these challenging times.

Secretary of Commerce J. Alex Kelly also praised Governor DeSantis' leadership in making Florida a "preeminent law-and-order state." He highlighted that reaching 4,000 new officers through this program not only supports new recruits but also ensures that veteran Florida officers are well-equipped to continue their mission of keeping communities safe.

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At the FSA Winter Conference, Deputy Matthew Belthrop of Bay County Sheriff's Office was presented with the 4,000th bonus check of $5,000 through this program. Deputy Belthrop relocated from Virginia to join the force in Florida.

Governor DeSantis also shared some positive statistics about crime rates in Florida. The state is currently experiencing a 50-year low in overall crime rates with a decrease of nearly 10 percent compared to last year. Murder rates have decreased by 14 percent while burglary and robbery rates have decreased by 15 percent and 17 percent respectively.

Apart from the recruitment bonus, becoming a law enforcement officer in Florida also comes with various benefits such as financial stability, opportunities for career advancement, excellent health and retirement benefits, student loan forgiveness programs, and home loan programs.

For those interested in learning more about the Florida Law Enforcement Recruitment Bonus Payment Program, visit www.FloridaJobs.org/Recognition-and-Recruitment. This program not only supports the growth of law enforcement in Florida but also recognizes the crucial role these officers play in keeping communities safe.

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