Based On Public Safety: FOP Supports Scott’s Request For Exemption Of National Guard

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Florida Public Employees

Fraternal Order of Police 

FLORIDA STATE LODGE 

 FOP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Florida State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police 

We support Governor’s Rick Scott’s request for an exemption from sequestration for the Florida National Guard 

July 11, 2013

Its hurricane season, Tropical Storm Chantal is looming in the Caribbean. A potential for civil unrest is facing our public safety officers. Yet, sequestration will force 1,000 members of the Florida National Guard to be furloughed over the next 3 months.

Governor Rick Scott and other Gulf coast state Governors have asked President Obama to exempt military technicians from temporary layoffs due to budget cuts during this period of risk to our communities.

The Florida National Guard is invaluable to the safety and recovery of our state during emergencies. Who will be there if the National Guard is not available? The burden will fall on the shoulders of our first responders. We know first hand the invaluable role of the National Guard during emergencies.

The Florida State Lodge, Fraternal Order of Police supports Governor Scott’s request. Now is not the time to limit our resources. The Florida National Guard has estimated that preparedness, training, equipment maintenance, and deployment during critical state emergencies could be impacted and affect their mission.

Governor Scott correctly points out in his request that Guard readiness will be degraded and additional days will be required for our forces to properly respond to an emergency.

Democrats and Republican are not solving the budget crisis and this irresponsible idea places our communities and citizens at unnecessary risk.

The Fraternal Order of Police, the largest and oldest law enforcement representative organization in the nation asks the Obama Administration to grant an exemption from sequestration in this instance for the safety of our communities.

Sincerely,

James W. Preston

James W. Preston, President

Florida State Lodge

Fraternal Order of Police

 242 Office Plaza, Tallahassee, Florida 32301 I• Post Office Box 1349, Tallahassee, Florida 32302- 1349

Telephone: 850-656-9881 • Toll Free: 800-873-FOPI• Fax: 800-873-3670 • Web:  www.floridastatefop.org

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