A sheriff’s workplace in Southern California posted a recruitment video this week with a selected viewers in thoughts: Los Angeles County deputies sad with efforts to make them adjust to a vaccination mandate.
“To our fellow officers in Los Angeles, we’ve seen the headlines,” reads a message on the video, posted by the sheriff’s workplace in close by Kern County, which has no vaccine mandate and the place total vaccination charges are low. “Drive north, we’ve got a spot for you.”
The video was posted on Wednesday, and confirmed headlines in regards to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passing a movement on Tuesday that would result in the termination of 1000’s of county workers who haven’t gotten vaccinated or obtained a medical or non secular exemption. That features 4,000 unvaccinated deputies, in accordance with the L.A. County sheriff, Alex Villanueva, who has refused to implement the mandate.
Sheriff Villanueva described the movement as a “politically motivated stunt.” Now Kern County, whose seat is Bakersfield, is trying to reap the benefits of the likelihood that 1000’s of Los Angeles County deputies might quickly be on the lookout for work.
“Now we have a necessity; it simply appeared logical to attempt to recruit a few of these folks,” the Kern County sheriff, Donny Youngblood, stated in an interview on Saturday, noting that his division wanted to rent about 125 deputies.
He stated he had no thought what number of of his present deputies have been vaccinated, and stated that vaccines weren’t stopping the unfold of the virus. About 52 % of eligible persons are totally vaccinated in opposition to Covid in Kern County, the place 53 residents have died within the final two weeks from the illness.
Elsewhere within the nation, regulation enforcement officers have equally sought to capitalize on unhappiness with vaccine mandates, which persists in some teams regardless of overwhelming proof that Covid vaccines are secure and defend strongly in opposition to hospitalization and demise.
In Johnson County, Kan., Sheriff Calvin Hayden stated in October final yr that he welcomed unvaccinated officers from across the nation who confronted termination from their jobs, telling them, “Now we have a spot for you.”
Gov. Invoice Lee of Tennessee stated in a video final November that officers from New York to Los Angeles ought to apply to affix his state’s Freeway Patrol, the place their vaccination standing wouldn’t matter.
“We gained’t get between you and your physician,” Mr. Lee stated.
The recruiting video exhibits scenic mountains, canyons and an American flag swaying within the wind because the soundtrack performs “The Weight of the Badge,” a tribute to regulation enforcement officers launched final yr by the nation celebrity George Strait. Different photographs present deputies flying in a helicopter and being cheered in a parade.
Sheriff Youngblood stated “a number of” deputies from Los Angeles County had already utilized for jobs, although he supplied no numbers.
He added that despite the fact that he was vaccinated and understood the seriousness of the pandemic, saying that his division had misplaced two folks to Covid, it was not his enterprise to ensure officers have been inoculated.
“When somebody calls 911 and, for instance, somebody’s breaking into their house in the midst of the evening, do you assume they actually care whether or not deputies are vaccinated or unvaccinated?” he stated. “In fact they don’t.”
Supply: NY Times