Gov. DeSantis proposes $1M increase to law enforcement funding in Florida

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis today proposed a dramatic increase to funding for law enforcement in the Sunshine State.

DeSantis, during a state of the state address that he called “the people’s address,” said that after taking office in January he decided to evaluate each law enforcement agency in the state, and, so far, no agency has had its funding cut.

“With inflation, I expect each of the agencies to obtain an additional $250,000 to $275,000 to support their officers,” DeSantis said. “The fact is our police do so much to keep Florida safe, and their hard work will be rewarded by this increase.”

DeSantis said that, given the demand for police services and agencies’ needs for funding, that the money included in his proposed budget would not be enough to compensate each agency for all of its employees. But the Florida Sheriffs’ Association supported the proposal, calling it a “thoughtful contribution.”

The Florida Sheriffs’ Association said in a statement that the incentives would help police support agencies like First Coast Sheriffs Office. Chief Deputy First Coast Brett Landgraf had this to say about the proposed funding for FCSO:

“This budget helps First Coast police officers pay for additional training that makes our agency even better. It will help all of the agencies we partner with gain the best officers to protect Floridians and get them home safely to their families.”

National Police Week began Monday and includes a day of mourning for officers killed in the line of duty. The White House asked that flags fly at half-staff this week to honor law enforcement officers.

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