Governor Ron DeSantis signed a $109 Billion budget into law yesterday afternoon.

With his signature the following items will become law on July 1, 2022:

DROP Extension for Law Enforcement Officers in the FRS

Law Enforcement Officers in the Florida Retirement System will be able to extend DROP by three years to help retain veteran officers at every FRS participating agency in the state. The legislation also increases the employer contribution to all active investment plan participants by an additional three percent. There will be a six year eligibility window for the DROP extension, a law enforcement officer must be participating in the DROP on or after July 1, 2022 and prior to July 1, 2028.

Pay raises for PBA’s state bargaining unit members

Effective July 1, 2022, State Law Enforcement Officers, Lottery Law Enforcement Officers and Highway Patrol Troopers will receive a 5.38% plus a 5%, or the base salary will move to $50K whichever is higher.

Correctional & Correctional Probation Officer Pay Increases

Effective July 1, 2022, each Officer will receive a 5.38% increase to their base salary before the new bases apply.

The new base salaries are as follows:

  • Correctional Officer – $41,600
  • Correctional Sergeant – $45,760
  • Correctional Lieutenant – $52,624
  • Correctional Captain – $57,886

  • Probation Officer – $41,600
  • Senior Probation Officer – $47,840
  • Probation Specialist – $47,840
  • Probation Supervisor – $52,624
  • Probation Senior Supervisor – $57,886

Retention pay for COs & CPOs

  • $1,000 to the base for officers with two years or more, but less than five years
  • $1,500 to the base for officers with five years or more, but less than eight years
  • $2,500 to the base for officers with eight of more years
  • Effective on July 1, 2022, Institutional Security Specialists will receive the 5.38% increase to their base salary before the new base of $41,600 applies, or a 5%, whichever is higher.

    Previously signed legislation by Governor DeSantis:

    HB 689 by Representative Mike Giallombardo & Senator Danny Burgess expands on the time limitation for Workers’ Compensation Coverage of PTSD for First Responders. Currently, an officer has 90 days from the date of the event or manifestation of the disorder (whichever is later) to provide the employer with a notice of injury, or death. However, an officer has 52 weeks from the date of the event to file a workers’ compensation claim.

    The legislation provides that the time for notice of injury or death a claim of PTSD is 90 days from the qualifying event that supports the claim or the diagnosis, rather than the manifestation, of the disorder (whichever is later). The bill also provides that the PTSD workers’ compensation claim is prohibited if not properly noticed within one year of the qualifying event, or the diagnosis of the disorder (whichever is later).

    The legislation also adds correctional officers into Florida’s First Responder’s PTSD workers’ compensation coverage. The changes to the law will take effect on July 1, 2022.

    HB 3 by Representative Tom Leek creates the following (taken directly from the staff analysis):

    • Creates the Florida Law Enforcement Recruitment Bonus Program to provide one-time bonus payments to newly employed law enforcement officers in Florida;
    • Creates the Florida Law Enforcement Academy Scholarship Program to cover tuition, fees, and up to $1,000 of eligible education expenses for trainees enrolled in a law enforcement officer basic recruit training program;
    • Creates a reimbursement program to pay for up to $1,000 of equivalency training costs for certified law enforcement officers who relocate to Florida or members of the special operations forces who become full-time law enforcement officers;
    • Provides law enforcement officers who adopt a child from within the state child welfare system with a $25,000 benefit for adopting a child with special needs or a $10,000 benefit for adopting a child without special needs; Makes dependent children of law enforcement officers eligible to receive a Family Empowerment Scholarship to attend a private school;
    • Increases the base salary for each county sheriff by $5,000 – the Legislature approved over $15 million for Deputies and Correctional Deputies in the 29 statutory defined fiscally constrained counties (please see the proviso language and list of counties below along with allocations);
    • Exempts veterans and applicants with an associate degree or higher from taking the basic skills test as a prerequisite to entering a law enforcement officer basic recruit training program;
    • Requires that law enforcement officers receive training in health and wellness principles as part of their initial certification training and continued employment training;
    • Allows law enforcement officers or former law enforcement officers to receive postsecondary credit at Florida public postsecondary educational institutions for training and experience acquired while serving;
    • Encourages each district school board to establish public safety telecommunication training programs and law enforcement explorer programs in public schools; and
    • Designates May 1 of each year as “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.”