EXCLUSIVE: Illinois police officers who might quickly be out of a job due to COVID-19 vaccine mandates — particularly these in Chicago — can look to their japanese neighbor state of Indiana for much less stringent job alternatives in legislation enforcement, in accordance to Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., who says the officers “deserve respect.”

In an announcement to Fox News, Braun mentioned, “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.”


Braun is welcoming officers to the state with arms extensive open, urging the “3,000 Chicago cops defying this government overreach” to come to Indiana. 

“Indiana’s police departments are hiring now and will welcome you with the respect you deserve,” Braun advised Fox News.

A woman holds a sign in Bloomington, Indiana, that says "Defend the Police." (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

A girl holds an indication in Bloomington, Indiana, that claims “Defend the Police.” (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket through Getty Images)
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“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 mentioned. “Welcome to Indiana!”

During an interview with Fox News, Steve Scheckel, chief of police in Munster, Indiana, echoed Braun’s sentiment and insisted there’s a “brighter future right over the border” for officers who’re underneath scrutiny for his or her views on vaccine mandates, noting that his division has already employed one particular person from Chicago.

“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” Scheckel mentioned, including that he’s “absolutely” open to the thought of working alongside these “looking for a better quality of life for their family” who might have been ousted from their jobs.


Asked concerning the sorts of alternatives officers might have in the event that they had been to relocate to Munster, Scheckel pointed to training, the price of dwelling, tax charges and low-crime charges.

“Here in northwest Indiana, in Munster, we have one of the top rated school systems in the state,” Scheckel mentioned. “[Officers] can send their kids to public school. It’s a low-crime community. Even though we’re 30 minutes from Chicago, we’re rated one of the 10 safest cities in the state of Indiana. So, it’s really just a step across the state line to a better life for the officer.”

“From the governor on down, in Indiana, we support our law enforcement,” mentioned Scheckel, who has been with the division for greater than 30 years, serving as police chief for the final 13. “I think there’s a clear contrast between what’s going on in the city of Chicago right now and what’s happening in the state of Indiana.”

Highlighting the “trying and stressful” instances for first responders during the last couple of years, Scheckel mentioned the “mandates that really aren’t rooted in science” seem to be “politically motivated” and urged they’re the “straw that broke the camel’s back.”

Other police departments in Indiana that would not have a vaccine mandate in place, in accordance to Braun’s crew, embrace Schererville Police Department and Merrillville Police Department, in addition to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Chicago police officers made it clear final week that officers who refused to adjust to the town’s mandate threat being disciplined or fired. As of Monday, just below 65% of Chicago Police Department personnel reported their vaccination status by the town’s on-line portal, in accordance to FOX 32 Chicago.

Fox News’ David Aaro contributed to this report.