Florida attorney general to announce law enforcement recruitment campaign with Hillsborough sheriff

Attorney General Ashley Moody will visit the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office today to make an announcement about a new national law enforcement recruitment plan.

State officials have been on the recruiting trail this year, hoping to make a career in Florida law enforcement as appealing as possible for both new recruits and out-of-state candidates.

Last month, Governor Ron DeSantis unveiled a recruitment strategy aimed at building up Florida’s blue line. The proposed plan includes a $5,000 bonus for newly hired officers, free training and testing for out-of-state transfers and a law enforcement academy scholarship program for aspiring officers.

Recruiting qualified law enforcement officers has become increasingly competitive. Agencies across the country report staff shortages caused by a wave of retirements and sagging recruitment numbers.

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During an appearance in Lakeland last month, Governor DeSantis said he wants to send the message to officers in other states that Florida will compensate competitively and will provide a work environment where officers feel respected in the line of duty.

"We also think it’s a way to capitalize on folks who are not getting support they need," said DeSantis. "You’ll be supported in Florida and we’ll do our best to make it worth your while."

Attorney General Ashley Moody said the goal is to send the message that, "Florida is now the most pro-law enforcement state in the nation."

Moody is expected to make her announcement with Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister at 1 p.m.