Ashley Moody highlights Florida transplants who become cops
Ashley Moody.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody visits the Lakeland Police Department to announce a hiring bonus for new Florida police
Sarasota Police Department noted force that has benefited from residents of other states who move to Florida to become officers.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is marking a spike in residents originally from other states who’ve moved to the Sunshine State to become police officers.

Moody is launching a “Thin Line Tribute: Sunshine Salute” this month. Moody’s office is promoting the fact that some 5,000 recruits have become cops here since July 2022.  About 1,200 of those have moved to Florida from another state.

Moody’s office said many residents from California, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico and New York have all relocated to Florida to join the laws enforcement ranks in Florida.

Moody herself is taking moments to highlight individual police departments in Florida that have benefitted from the effort. This month, Moody is focusing on the Sarasota Police Department, which has drawn several new officers in their ranks who moved to Florida from other states.

“We’ve been spreading the word about all the great incentives to join our ranks, and individuals like the new Sarasota recruits have answered the call — leaving behind places where their service was not as appreciated as it is here,” Moody said in a prepared statement this week. “Hearing their stories, why they made the bold decision to move to our state (and) I am as inspired as ever to continue doing all we can to show our support to those who bravely protect and serve.”

Sarasota Police Chief Rex Troche said the push to get more out-of-state recruits has served his department well.

“Officers want to be able to do their job. There is no better feeling than when you know that you can go out there and be supported in enforcing the law. I’ve talked with officers all around the country and when state attorneys are not assisting them, it makes those officers not want to do their jobs,” Troche said. “Thanks to the work of Attorney General Moody and Gov. Ron DeSantis, officers know that when you come to the state of Florida, you are going to be able to do, and be supported in, doing your job.”

Moody initiated the “Sunshine Salute” series in 2023 during National Police Week.

Drew Dixon

Drew Dixon is a journalist of 40 years who has reported in print and broadcast throughout Florida, starting in Ohio in the 1980s. He is also an adjunct professor of philosophy and ethics at three colleges, Jacksonville University, University of North Florida and Florida State College at Jacksonville. You can reach him at [email protected].


  • PeterH

    July 5, 2024 at 1:07 pm

    Parker Collier sold 8,000 acres of highly toxic contaminated swampland to the Florida taxpayers under an agreement blessed by Ron DeSantis and Ashley Moody.

    Republicans are America’s worst enemy!
    Vote all Republicans out of office!

    • Gabriel

      July 5, 2024 at 1:30 pm

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    • Elvis Pitts "THE BIG VOICE ON THE RIGHT" American

      July 6, 2024 at 6:44 pm

      That Pic shows an Ebony Officer fondeling Ashley’s Sage Titties.
      I, Elvis Pitts American, question the wisdom of selecting that pic with this “artical”.
      Not that I oppose Inter-racial titty fondeling or anything like that as I, Elvis Pitts American, love fondeling all tities, Regardless of Race or National Origan.
      Elvis Pitts “Known Titty Fondeler” American

  • Richard Paula

    July 5, 2024 at 1:19 pm

    Make sure these transplant new police recruits are thoroughly vetted. Make sure they are given comprehensive psychological testing to determine their mental and emotional fitness. Weed out potential racists and sadists.

    • Dr. Franklin Waters

      July 5, 2024 at 5:42 pm

      “Make sure these transplant new police recruits are thoroughly vetted.”

      They weren’t, and I guarantee you we will see a major upswing in the number of police brutality cases and other incidents involving the police trampling on people’s rights.

      Hire clowns, expect a circus.

    • JustBabs

      July 6, 2024 at 4:34 pm

      Nah, Florida always takes the rejects. Republicans respect the criminals as long as they are one of their own. Wait until you see the group they’ve assembled as the state guard. Very secretive operation. They have rejected anyone with actual civilian disaster experience, or principles. Been training them up for battle against our own citizens.

  • Ray Blacklidge

    July 5, 2024 at 1:30 pm

    Thank you transplant Officers for coming to Florida and providing your service. You are very welcome and appreciated!

    • Dr. Franklin Waters

      July 5, 2024 at 5:41 pm

      Keep licking that boot Ray.

    • Tony the Tiger

      July 9, 2024 at 1:58 pm

      If those cops were to come to a sudden stop, your head would go halfway up their collective assess.

  • My Take

    July 5, 2024 at 2:03 pm

    Similar to DeScamus of late, Los Amgeles in the first half of the 20th Century would advertise in the South for transfering police.
    They knew “how to handle” black folks.

  • My Take

    July 5, 2024 at 4:09 pm

    Remember when M-D’s then-new Cuban cops were shooting a black rider off of a motorcycle and a black game player i(and municipal employee) in the back of the head in an arcade?Remember what finally got the attention of the “powers that be”  to clamp down on it. 
    Miami on fire, with front page pictures of the flames and smoke columns on major papers around the world.
    And I-95 shut down.
    Be careful of what you hire.

  • Josh Green

    July 5, 2024 at 5:38 pm

    So basically these are people who weren’t good enough or smart enough to do this job in other states, so the Governor is inviting a bunch of police academy rejects and other assorted societal misfits to come down here and become cops.

    Great. What could possibly go wrong?

  • Flash Light

    July 5, 2024 at 6:08 pm

    Funny how Ashley doesn’t mention the $5000 relocation bonus (aka bribe) that brought 1200+ here. Or that avg police salaries in Florida rank at or near the bottom of all 50 states. Too bad the money won’t buy them an affordable place to live. Spin it, Ashley, spin it.

    • rick whitaker

      July 8, 2024 at 9:32 pm

      flashlight, you said it well. the whole desantis gang are spin masters.

  • Elvis Pitts "THE BIG VOICE ON THE RIGHT" American

    July 6, 2024 at 6:46 pm

    That Pic shows an Ebony Officer fondeling Ashley’s Sage Titties.
    I, Elvis Pitts American, question the wisdom of selecting that pic with this “artical”.
    Not that I oppose Inter-racial titty fondeling or anything like that as I, Elvis Pitts American, love fondeling all tities, Regardless of Race or National Origan.
    Elvis Pitts “Known Titty Fondeler” American

  • Elvis Pitts "THE BIG VOICE ON THE RIGHT" American

    July 6, 2024 at 6:47 pm

    Please see my above post on Inter-Racial titty fondeling above.

  • Flash Light

    July 6, 2024 at 10:12 pm

    Elvis (you are the) Pitts: Can you be any more gross and disgusting? Crawl back into your cave.

  • Victoria

    July 6, 2024 at 11:18 pm

    I am new to the site, and very sorry to see what filth is peddled here in the comments by the usual Democrat Communist Trolls. You should all be ashamed. One day if you find your grace you will look back upon your degenerate actions with shame. And this is no place for scam artists selling “get rich quick” opportunities. Ugh!

    • My Take

      July 7, 2024 at 1:39 am

      The profascist Trump shills are fully welcome to post too.
      It’s a broadly tolerant board.

    • My Take

      July 7, 2024 at 1:43 am

      And this is no place for scam artists selling “get rich quick” opportunities.
      My guess is they think that people dumb enough to be fooled by Trump are easy marks for their scams.

    • MarvinM

      July 8, 2024 at 5:06 pm

      Victoria, welcome to … whatever this is.

      First off, none of us likes the “I make $X000.00 a month” posts and quite frankly I’m at a loss to see how moderation lets them get through, when if you post a link to the library your comment is delayed or sometimes even denied.

      But be that as it may, if the “filth” you are referring to is from comments by one Elvis Pitts American (EPA) above (and those are the grossest I’ve ever seen him post here), I ask that you spend a little more time here to find out about him.

      A Democrat he is not. Doubt he is a communist. Troll? Possibly.

      If it wasn’t EPA’s vile comments that prompted your “filth” comment, I’d love to know which other comments you found filthy here. I’ve been here for about two years now and while I disagree with people all the time, I haven’t had any need to call what they say “filthy” (except, yeah, today’s EPA comment was gross, and I noticed that, and it begs the question about the forum moderation).

      Again, welcome.

    • Silly Wabbit

      July 9, 2024 at 3:50 pm

      You kwazy.

  • TJC

    July 7, 2024 at 3:47 pm

    What’s with this praise for the “bold decision to move to our state” all about? All Americans are free to move to any and as many states as they choose. I’ve lived in four states and never once did I consider it a “bold decision” to move from one state to another.
    Be thankful and praise anyone who wants to be a cop, to protect and serve, but leave the political nonsense out of it.

  • Alfred E Newman

    July 9, 2024 at 10:23 am

    Here. Let me translate.
    Florida will now squash all civil rights by extending the police state tarnishing whats left of decent cops. If you aint white it is NOT all right.

  • No More Moody

    July 12, 2024 at 5:11 pm

    Ashley Moody spends more time fishing for photo ops than doing her job. The budget is approved and funded by the Legislature, signed off by the Governor, paid by the CFO, and then the municipality (of which she has no jurisdiction) covers all remaining salary and expenses. What role does she have in all of this? Seems like she’s putting her face on something she has no actual role or part of….

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