Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced a pro-police tour aimed at showing support for law enforcement in major cities.
The cities where the tour is focused on have come under criticism from Democratic politicians and where violent crime rates have increased in recent years, according to The Conservative Brief.
The Republican governor is planning to visit several major cities including New York City, Philadelphia, and Chicago, to discuss his efforts in Florida to recruit and support law enforcement.
DeSantis has been an advocate for law enforcement, even signing into law a measure that aims to crack down on violent protests and “defund the police” movements.
“It’s a law enforcement rally to send a message back to some of our elected officials that the laws that they have enacted in the state of New York are not working — specifically the bail reform laws — and it’s putting my members, detectives and cops in danger, as well as the public,” Paul DiGiacomo, president of New York City’s Detectives’ Endowment Association, noted regarding a meeting Monday’s meeting in Staten Island. “It’s gone too far to the left over the last couple of years.”
“On Staten Island, we are proud to support our law enforcement,” Assemblyman Mike Tannousis, the Staten Island GOP chairman, said. “I’m happy that our law enforcement community will get some recognition and support.”
According to a report by WJHG, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement revealed at the end of last year that the state's crime rate had dropped by 8 percent to its lowest level in half a century.
Florida's Republican Governor has recently proposed a "Framework for Freedom Budget" for the current fiscal year that includes several measures aimed at supporting law enforcement officers. These measures include salary increases for a wide range of personnel within law enforcement agencies.
“What Florida has done is establish a blueprint for governance that has produced tangible results while serving as a rebuke to the entrenched elites who have driven our nation into the ground. Florida is proof positive that we, the people are not powerless in the face of these elites,” DeSantis wrote.
Although the governor has not declared his candidacy for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, his recent actions indicate that he may be considering it.
Currently, there are two official Republican presidential contenders for the party's 2024 nomination - former President Donald Trump and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who also served as his UN ambassador.
However, it is expected that more candidates will enter the race, including DeSantis, who strongly hinted at a potential run during a press conference held in Jacksonville.
Political insiders are speculating that DeSantis may be planning to run for president, as his autobiography is set to be released later this month.
The book chronicles the Republican governor's journey from being a standout Little League baseball player to becoming one of the most prominent figures in politics.