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Gov. Desantis pitches funding proposal for Florida law enforcement, including pay increases

Gov. Desantis pitches funding proposal for Florida law enforcement, including pay increases

 

Gov. Desantis pitches funding proposal for Florida law enforcement, including pay increases

Orlando, Fl (treasurecoast.com) – Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke Monday afternoon in Central Florida to announce his budget requests for law enforcement in the next fiscal year.

The governor held the briefing at a Florida Highway Patrol station in Orlando and was joined by FHP Chief Mark Brown.

DeSantis said Monday he is asking for lawmakers in the next fiscal year to approve $73 million to increase the minimum pay for entry-level sworn state law enforcement officers by 20 percent.

He also wants $5,000 bonuses to recruit and retain both state and local level law enforcement.

In addition, the governor said there is enough money in the budget to also renew $1,000 bonuses for all sworn law enforcement, EMTs and first responders for a second year.

He is seeking a large boost in pay for all state officers currently serving in the Sunshine State.

In addition, the governor is asking for $124 million from the Legislature to increase salaries for correctional officers at state prisons, bringing the base salary up to $20 an hour.

The governor wants to also use $11 million for the Department of Juvenile Justice to increase minimum pay for juvenile detention officers to $17 an hour and $19 an hour for juvenile probation officers.

The governor once again said he is making a push to recruit officers from other states if they are not satisfied in their current role.

All in all, the governor is asking for $400 million in new funding proposals.

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