The grass may be greener in the Hoosier State, than it is in the Land of Lincoln, for Chicago police officers attempting to defy the city’s vaccine mandate.
“Hey Chicago Police Officers, we’re hiring! No vaccine mandate,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Glen Fifield tweeted. “Apply today, at statetrooper.com [for] lower taxes, great schools, [and] welcoming communities.”
Around 2,000 officers have refrained from uploading their vaccination or testing status into the city’s online portal by the October 15th deadline, and the department responded by issuing a memo on the 18th that non-compliers could have their pay withheld or lose their jobs.
Any civilian or sworn employee who shirks the policy “will become the subject of a disciplinary investigation that could result in a penalty up to and including separation from the Chicago Police Department. Furthermore, sworn members who retire while under disciplinary investigations may be denied retirement credentials,” the memo reads.
Indiana GOP Senator Mike Bruan said those officers “would be welcomed with open arms in the Hoosier State,” in an effective sales pitch.
“Our police do the hardest job in the world, and they deserve respect — not losing their pay or being fired for refusing to comply with a ridiculous vaccine mandate,” he remarked. “Indiana’s police departments are hiring now and will welcome you with the respect you deserve.”
“My office stands ready to help connect Chicago police officers to an Indiana police department that is hiring now and doesn’t have a vaccine mandate,” Braun continued. “Welcome to Indiana!”
The sentiment was echoed by Munster, IN Police Chief Steve Scheckel, who said his city, which is just over the Illinois border, is the ideal place for cops “looking for a better quality of life for their family.”
“We’ve been seeing more and more Chicago police officers when we do an emergency hire, which is basically a lateral transfer,” he said.
Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police filed for a temporary restraining order against the mandate, which will be heard by a judge this week, While the city mayor Lori Lightfoot threatened that “there will be consequences if people are not complying with what the policy is by the Oct. 15th deadline.”
Indiana might be the logical place for holdouts to find new jobs. “It’s really just a step across the state line to a better life for the officer,” Scheckel encouraged.
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