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Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to send police officers to the southwest border, but they won’t be from South Florida.
Law enforcement agencies in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties say the governor never asked them.
DeSantis announced this week plans to send Florida officers to Texas and Arizona to help patrol their borders with Mexico. The governors of those states say they need help because the federal government and the Biden administration aren’t taking a spike in migration seriously enough.
DeSantis did not offer specifics on how many people would be sent to the border, what exactly they would be doing, and how much the operation would cost Florida taxpayers. He said those details are being ironed out.
The Florida Highway Patrol, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have committed to sending resources, as have sheriff offices in Brevard, Escambia, Hillsborough, Holmes, Lee, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties, according to the governor’s office.
“We have not been asked by the governor to participate,” said Detective Ali Adamson, spokeswoman for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. “FLPD does not know that we will be asked, so it would be unfair to speculate on something that has not occurred.”
The response from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office was similar. “The governor sent a blanket request through a press conference. He did not ask us directly,” said spokeswoman Therese Barbera. “PBSO is not sending anyone to Texas for border enforcement at this time.”
Neither is the Broward Sheriff’s Office or the Miami Police Department.
“I believe the BSO is currently and should be directing its resources to Broward County,” said Broward Mayor Steve Geller. “Do I think we have spare resources we should be sending to Texas to guard the border? Of course not. But I am not expecting the governor to call me and ask for my advice on this issue.”
Staff Writer Skyler Swisher contributed to this report.