Florida enacts new measures designed to protect law enforcement officers

(The Center Square) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law several measures on Friday intended to protect and support law enforcement officers.

Senate Bill 184 increases penalties for those who knowingly harass, physically harm or impede a law enforcement officer or other first responders from carrying out their duties to a second-degree misdemeanor.

House Bill 601 prevents anti-police activists from carrying out extrajudicial investigations against law enforcement. The bill ensures that allegations against law enforcement are investigated by those properly trained to handle such investigations. County sheriffs will also receive an increase in their base salary of $5,000 for each population group.

DeSantis said during a news conference that his administration has a track record of supporting law enforcement in Florida.

“We’ve developed a track record in Florida of supporting law enforcement that is quite simply, second to none,” DeSantis said. “We understood how important
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