Last week, I joined law enforcement officials from across our state at the 2022 Florida Sheriffs Association Summer Conference. It is always an honor to speak to the brave men and women of Florida law enforcement. While speaking to these heroes, I highlighted our efforts to recruit qualified officers across the country to join the ranks of our state.
During the conference, I had the privilege of recognizing Lee County Sheriff’s Deputy Raymond Arce. Before moving to Florida, Deputy Arce served in Chicago, where he felt he lacked the support of the community or its leaders.
Seeking new opportunities on social media, Deputy Arce came across contacts from Florida and heard our message of strong support for those who wear the badge. It inspired him to action. A few months later, he moved to Florida and joined our large law enforcement family. Deputy Arce is just one of many officers who realize that in Florida we support blue and our leaders appreciate their service and sacrifice.
Last year, I created the Be A Florida Hero initiative, a statewide recruiting tool to help spread this important message and promote law enforcement career opportunities in the whole state. Thanks to Governor Ron DeSantis and our legislative leaders, we have secured additional resources to recruit new officers as well as raises for current officers.
I am delighted that the country notices our strong support for those who take the oath to protect and to serve. By supporting these brave officers and giving them the tools they need to succeed, we’re building a stronger, safer Florida.
Ashley Moody is Florida’s Attorney General.