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DeSantis announces deployment of state officers to Texas

Lee County Sheriff's Office staying put for now

By Nathan Mayberg - Editor | Jun 25, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis has deployed state law enforcement to Texas to assist with their response to border protection with Mexico. / File photo by Nathan Mayberg

The deployment of Florida law enforcement officers to Texas has begun to provide support in response to the request from Texas Governor Gregg Abbott to deal with its border issues.

The announcement of the deployments was made Friday by Gov. Ron DeSantis. DeSantis pledged last week to send state law enforcement to Texas and Arizona after the governors there requested help in dealing with their borders with Mexico.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is one of more than 20 sheriff’s departments in Florida who have committed to providing aid at the request of DeSantis. The office stated Friday that over 20 county sheriff departments have pledged support to provide staffing resources to cover duties typically filled by the deployed state officers.

No deployments have been confirmed yet from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office with the governor, according to Lee County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jessie Santero. “We’re coordinating with the governor,” Santero said. “Nothing is finalized yet.”

According to the office of DeSantis, resources from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Highway Patrol and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are deploying to Texas, including more than 50 state law enforcement officers and mission critical equipment.

It is anticipated that personnel will be deployed for 16-day shifts.

“When the Governors of Texas and Arizona reached out for help, Florida answered the call,” DeSantis said. “We are witnessing a catastrophe at the southern border under the Biden Administration. In recent months, we have seen people from the terrorist watch list, known sex offenders and a flood of fentanyl cross over the border. This is a national security crisis, and we must get it under control.”

The Florida Division of Emergency Management is coordinating the deployment of law enforcement officers under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). The EMAC is a national mutual aid system that allows states to share resources from all disciplines, protect personnel who deploy and be reimbursed for mission related costs, according to the office of DeSantis.