Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee released a video Wednesday afternoon, pitching law enforcement officers from the west and east coast to apply with the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The call is explicitly made toward qualified law enforcement who are leaving states with restrictive mandates.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee joined a growing list of states that are attempting to bring on out-of-state law enforcement who don’t want to be forced to get a COVID vaccine.
Earlier this year, Alaska announced they would welcome police officers who defy vaccine mandates, addressing the thousands of officers out of work due to declining vaccine requirements.
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, R, stated, “Across the country, members of law enforcement are being targeted and even fired for refusing to either get vaccinated or disclose if they have been.”
Gov. DeSantis also started recruiting efforts to hire law enforcement officers from other states to work in Florida. Stating, “The sunshine state has a better workplace culture and supports police.”
In October, Indiana also continued recruitment efforts for law enforcement, with Senator Mike Braun offering Chicago officers to connect with an Indiana police department without a vaccine.
During the 71-second video Lee released on YouTube, Lee said the Tennessee Highway Patrol “won’t get between you and your doctor,” adding THP is offering to cover all moving expenses for any officer who leaves another state to join its force.
Earlier this month, Lee signed a new state law that banned vaccine mandates and curtailed them when mask mandates can be enacted.
Lee also took shots at New York City and Los Angeles, both cities where police officers and sheriff deputies are or will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Calling out to officers saying, “There are many highly skilled law enforcement personnel who want to work in a state that doesn’t get in the middle of personal health decisions yet also provides for a wonderful quality of life.”
New York City’s mandate went into effect on Nov. 1st with the Police Commissioner Dermot Shea announcing out of 35,000 department employees, 34 officers were put on leave due to an unvaccinated status.
Thankfully, states are valuing law enforcement. Hopefully, the states that don’t get a harsh wake-up call.