Officials in Indiana are urging Chicago police officers fed up with the city's new vaccine mandate to come across state lines where their services will be appreciated without the burden of government overreach.
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"Hey Chicago Police Officers, we're hiring! No vaccine mandate," tweeted Indiana State Police Sgt. Glen Fifield this week in a not-so-subtle attempt to attract the disgruntled officers.
"Apply today," he added, including a link to the agency's website and noting his state's "lower taxes, great schools, [and] welcoming communities."
CNN reported Monday that, as outlined in a new memo, Chicago officers could be fired or have their pay withheld if they don't comply with the city's vaccination policy. It's the latest development in an ongoing battle between the police and the city's progressive leadership.
The policy, enacted in August by Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot, requires all city employees to either get vaccinated against the coronavirus or submit to twice-weekly testing at their own expense and on their own time to bypass the mandate through the end of the year.
With the deadline having come and gone, it is estimated that several thousand officers have yet to comply with the mandate and could be out of jobs soon. But they may not be out of work for long, that is if they're willing to relocate just 25 miles to neighboring Indiana.
In a statement to Fox News this week, Indiana Republican Sen. Mike Braun said those "3,000 Chicago cops defying this government overreach" would be welcomed with open arms in the Hoosier State."
"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 said. "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 added. "Welcome to Indiana!"
Chief of Police Steve Scheckel of Munster, Indiana, a city situated only minutes from Illinois, also told Fox News that Chicago officers have a "brighter future right over the border."
He said he's already seen an increase in interest from officers in Chicago and noted that one has already been hired.
"We've been seeing more and more Chicago police officers when we do an emergency hire, which is basically a lateral transfer. They already have the academy [experience]," Scheckel said.
He reportedly added that he is "absolutely" open to the idea of working alongside those "looking for a better quality of life for their family" who may have lost their jobs due to a vaccine mandate.
"It's really just a step across the state line to a better life for the officer," he argued.